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NWF 2017 AUDIENCE AWARD ANNOUNCED!

After tallying thousands of votes, we’re thrilled to announced the WINNER of this year’s audience award is:

letting go of adele

Filmmaker MELISSA DOWLER and the film’s subjects, MARTY HARRIS and HECTOR, were in attendance for the Mother’s Day screening. Connecting deeply with NWF audiences, the film received the first (and only) standing ovation of this year’s festival!

CONGRATULATIONS to Melissa and Marty and the entire team!

THE TOP 10 AUDIENCE FAVOURITES FOR 2017:

  1. LETTING GO OF ADELE
  2. MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS
  3. HIRED GUN
  4. THE LAST ANIMALS
  5. BEE NATION
  6. UNREST
  7. BENDING THE ARC
  8. THE APOLOGY
  9. NO ROADS IN
  10. CHASING EVEL: THE ROBBIE KNIEVEL STORY

Audience ratings were at an all-time high this year, and we’re blown away by how much each and every film this year resonated with our audiences. Thank you, the audience, for showing such warm appreciation for all of the filmmakers whose films we showcased at this year’s festival. They appreciate it, we appreciate it, and we’re already looking for the next wave of films to bring to you NEXT YEAR!

 

CONGRATS to our 2017 JURY Award Winners, as well.

*Winning films are ITALICIZED

BEST CANADIAN FEATURE

THE APOLOGY

BEE NATION
CHASING EVEL: THE ROBBIE KNIEVEL STORY
LET THERE BE LIGHT
VICTOR WALK

BEST CANADIAN SHORT

THE BARBER OF AUGUSTA
CHASING THE LION

FIX AND RELEASE

GABEY & MIKE: A JEWISH SUMMER CAMP LOVE STORY
MELTING STARS

BEST ALBERTA DOC

CREE CODE TALKER

GRANDMA LEARNS TO DRIVE
HANDMADE FILM
LIMIT IS THE SKY
NO ROADS IN

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

DISTURBING THE PEACE
LETTING GO OF ADELE

THE LAST ANIMALS

OUT OF THIN AIR
UNREST

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT

GARDENERS OF THE FOREST

GEORDIE JAZZ MAN

GREEN & YELLOW
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

BEST MUSIC DOC

AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM
HIRED GUN

MAY IT LAST: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
TOKYO IDOLS 

 

Happy Summer, everyone!

From the NWF Team

2017 JURY AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

After much deliberation, we are THRILLED to announce the 2017 JURY Award Winners.

Winning films are ITALICIZED

 

BEST CANADIAN FEATURE

THE APOLOGY

BEE NATION
CHASING EVEL: THE ROBBIE KNIEVEL STORY
LET THERE BE LIGHT
VICTOR WALK

 

BEST CANADIAN SHORT

THE BARBER OF AUGUSTA
CHASING THE LION

FIX AND RELEASE

GABEY & MIKE: A JEWISH SUMMER CAMP LOVE STORY
MELTING STARS

 

BEST ALBERTA DOC

CREE CODE TALKER

GRANDMA LEARNS TO DRIVE
HANDMADE FILM
LIMIT IS THE SKY
NO ROADS IN

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

DISTURBING THE PEACE
LETTING GO OF ADELE

THE LAST ANIMALS

OUT OF THIN AIR
UNREST

 

BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT

GARDENERS OF THE FOREST

GEORDIE JAZZ MAN

GREEN & YELLOW
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

 

BEST MUSIC DOC

AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM
HIRED GUN

MAY IT LAST: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers

SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY
TOKYO IDOLS 

 

Thank you to our 2017 Film Jurors:

Paul Blinov

Megan Dart

Tendisai Cromwell

John Dunham

Clare Gibson

Jonn Kmech

Brenda Lieberman

Tammy Magnusson

Paul Matwychuk

Scott McDonald

Alex Rogalski

Jill Shillabeer  

Brennan Tilley

Luc Tremblay

Christian Zyp

 

ALL FEATURE FILMS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE

AUDIENCE AWARD

CTV AUDIENCE Award will be announced MAY 15th.

Closing Night Film!

JOIN US FOR THE NWF 2017 CLOSING NIGHT FILM.

LEGENDARY DRUMMER KENNY ARONOFF IN ATTENDANCE!

This raucous and wildly entertaining rock doc introduces the prolific musicians who are virtually unknown to the public. Billy Joel, Ozzy Osbourne, P!NK and Metallica are synonymous with their own artistry and success, but who is responsible for their instrumental solos? Who tours with them live? It is the consummate side players who kill it show after show, often playing circles around the actual band members.

In HIRED GUN, hear the firsthand stories from individuals who have mastered their craft and performed on the world’s biggest stages. This film details the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of hectic session schedules, and the dedication required to make dreams a reality.

Screening presented in partnership with  and 

Q&A AND RECEPTION TO FOLLOW THE SCREENING. CASH BAR.

PLUS…

JOIN KENNY ARONOFF FOR A VERY SPECIAL “In Conversation With…” and Book Signing Session, SATURDAY MAY 13th at 3:00pm at The Needle. ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE.

Special Thanks to our friends at    and   

Mother’s Day Special Event!

2PM: BEE NATION

A MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL EVENT – ALL TICKETS JUST $10!

LIGHT SNACKS, BEVERAGES, and SPECIAL “PAMPERING STATION” JUST FOR MOM!

Opening Night Film – Hot Docs 2017

The future of our children is common ground we can all agree is paramount to a better world. Bee Nation explores that common ground in a First Nations context and asks us to shed our stereotypes in doing so, as a group of students from Saskatchewan’s Kahkewistahaw First Nation Reserve travel to Toronto to compete in the National Spelling Bee.

Heartwarming, empowering, and inspiring, we can’t think of a better way to spend Mother’s Day!

 

4PM: LETTING GO OF ADELE

A MOTHER’S DAY SPECIAL EVENT – ALL TICKETS JUST $10!

LIGHT SNACKS, BEVERAGES, and SPECIAL “PAMPERING STATION” JUST FOR MOM!

FILMMAKER and SPECIAL GUEST IN ATTENDANCE

This is a love story about a woman with a broken heart, the dog who saved her life every day for nine years, and what it means to let go. Marty had a heart condition that used to make her faint every day. Adele was the world’s first cardiac alert service dog and she stopped Marty from fainting at all. They were the perfect team. They were soulmates. Adele could literally sense the beating of Marty’s heart. But nothing can last forever, and when Adele gets too old to continue working, Marty must figure out how to let go of her best friend and find a new partner who can take over the job of protecting her heart.

Screening presented in partnership with

Legendary Drummer KENNY ARONOFF to Attend NWF2017!

What do John Cougar Mellencamp, Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, The Rolling Stones, Lady Ga Ga, Bruno Mars, Sting, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Dave Grohl, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler, The Smashing Pumpkins, Meatloaf, B.B. King, Rod Stewart and John Fogerty have in common?

All of these rock and roll superstars have performed with Kenny Aronoff as their drummer, keeping the beat in the studio or on the road.

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear one of the world’s best, most respected drummers regale us with stories of his incredible life and career.

Copies of Kenny’s killer new book, SEX DRUMS AND ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, will be available for sale after the talk, and Kenny will be happy to autograph your copy!

Special thanks to proud supporters of Kenny Aronoff and HIRED GUN!

JOIN US AT 7PM AT METRO CINEMA FOR THE LONG-AWAITED PREMIERE OF HIRED GUN, featuring Kenny Aronoff, Rudy Sarzo, Liberty DeVito, and many more!

CHASING EVEL

CHASING EVEL: The Robbie Knievel Story

2017 | CANADA | 112 MINUTES

DIRECTOR JESSE JAMES MILLER and PRODUCER ADAM SCORGIE IN ATTENDANCE!

 

CHASING EVEL follows the legendary Evel Knievel’s son, Robbie. His father was an icon, his father was a tyrant, and his father never let him out of his shadow. All Robbie Knievel wanted was to carry on the family name, the Knievel legacy, and he has, in legendary fashion.

Robbie Knievel followed perfectly in his father’s footsteps, smashing every jump record his father left behind, cleaning up all the jumps his father crashed and burned on and pushing the limits farther than anyone ever had done. Any father would be proud…except for Evel Knievel. And now, 52 years old and sober, Robbie Knievel is determined and ready to once again put his life on the line to continue the Knievel Legacy.

Screening presented in partnership with TSN1260 

NO ROADS IN Canadian Premiere

 

FILMMAKERS AND CAST IN ATTENDANCE!

Sound Engineer Adam Naugler was fascinated by an abandoned Alberta homestead. Hunkered against battering winter winds, adrift on summer wheat seas, the building was so forgotten the road in had long faded. Yet, year in and out, the building seemed, like a beacon, to call to him. A call to what ?

The moment he stepped inside, Naugler felt the answers to these question in the sound of his own voice. Amongst the cracked plaster, torn floorboards, windows bare to buzzing insects and raw prairie, Naugler heard acoustic perfection. Digging into the buildings mournful past reinforced his gut feeling that somehow, the aging homestead, and the vibrating energy of voice striking against lonely walls were, inextricably linked. But how could he bring such a powerful, abstract feeling to life? And then he heard the voice of Blake Reid and the path became absolutely clear.

From a storied line of Cremona Alberta farmers, Reid’s music explores the intimate connection between farming and the cultural values of simpler, communal past. Reid’s lyrics were a direct allegorical match to that stoic, weathered monument. And then there was the resonating timbre of Reid’s voice. NO ROADS IN covers five days as Reid, Naugler and band battle the elements to record an entire album, using acoustic instruments, with rudimentary analogue equipment. The experience in the old homestead proves, for each musician, a deep and unexpected catharsis.

 

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Check out the 2017 TRAILER

CHECK OUT THE FULL SCHEDULE HERE

 

Just a quick note regarding PASS or 6-PACK PICKUP

If you purchased an ALL-ACCESS PASS or 6-TICKET PACK in advance, online: to redeem for your hard copy, simply print off the pdf ticket, OR bring it in on your smartphone (exactly like you do with Ticketmaster). We’ll scan it, and we’ll give you your ‘hard copy’ pass or 6-pack.

Passes & 6-packs will be available for pickup at Metro Cinema beginning MAY 5th, from the minute our doors open at 6:15pm.

You can redeem your printout AT ANYTIME during the festival (at Metro Cinema only), but we sincerely hope you’ll be joining us for our incredible and inspiring Opening Night Film, VICTOR WALK. It’s your chance to meet NHL legend Theo Fleury in person, and we’ll even have copies of his book for sale, in the event you’d like to get a signed copy!

 

DON’T HAVE TICKETS YET?

NWF 2017 FULL SCHEDULE!

PASSES & 6-TICKET PACKS now AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AT TIX on the square.

 

SEE THE FULL 2017 SCHEDULE HERE!

 

Highlights include:

Opening night brings the highly-anticipated premiere of VICTOR WALK to Metro Cinema, with special guest Theoren Fleury in attendance (VIP Meet & Greet tickets available, which include a copy of Theo’s book, Playing with Fire.) Proceeds of this special OPENING NIGHT screening event will directly benefit the Breaking Free Foundation, an organization that provides support and treatment for survivors of traumatic life events.

On May 6, we present the CANADIAN PREMIERE of the intimate new profile, MAY IT LAST: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. The screening will feature a silent auction of autographed collectibles to raise funds for the Stollery Children’s Health Foundation.

Local producer – and NWF favourite – Adam Scorgie (ICE GUARDIANS) returns with CHASING EVEL, directed by Jesse James Miller, premiering at Metro Cinema on May 12; and the Bell Media Best of Hot Docs Series features some of the year’s most acclaimed docs, including TOKYO IDOLS, LET THERE BE LIGHT, OUT OF THIN AIR, 78/52, and THE LAST ANIMALS, which follows a group of conservationists in their heroic efforts to save elephants and rhinos from extinction.

Closer to home, we’re thrilled to present the Canadian Premiere of the stunning new music doc, NO ROADS HOME, featuring the pride of Cremona, Alberta, Blake Reid. Screening Thursday May 11, stay tuned more info about this very special screening!

We’ve also got 2 FANTASTIC Mother’s Day screenings at the RAM, including BEE NATION, which follows a group of Saskatchewan students competing in the First Nations Spelling Bee, and the beautifully moving love letter to service dogs, LETTING GO OF ADELE. With some tasty snacks, a luscious wine bar, guest filmmakers, and complimentary pamper stations from our friends at Kiehl’s Since 1851, this will be THE place to spend the day with Mom!

And bringing it all home, legendary session drummer Kenny Aronoff and director Fran Strine join us for the Closing Night screening of the raucous and wildly entertaining crowd-pleaser, HIRED GUN, examining the rollercoaster lives of the musicians who have played supporting roles on some of rock’s most iconic albums.

Other highlights include: a timely TRUMP TRIPLE-BILL; our stellar DOC SHORTS Series at the Matrix Hotel; an incredible, immersive VR Experience with the NFB’s exciting new interactive film, INVISIBLE WORLD; and NEW for 2017, our awesome new weekday PODCAST series: LunchPods at the Needle Vinyl Tavern, hosted by a variety of Edmonton’s favourite podcast talents.

Passes, 6-ticket Packs, and single tickets are now on sale, or pick up a pass or 6-Pack in person at TIX on the Square.

MORE INFO AVAILABLE AT NORTHWESTFEST.CA

NorthwestFest is presented in partnership with our Official Media Partner,

Introducing LunchPODs – Weekdays at Noon!


MAY 8-12, NOON-1PM @ NEEDLE VINYL TAVERN

New to NorthwestFest this year, Edmonton’s podcast community is featured in a series of lunchtime conversations on the art of the podcast format and trending topics, plus tips and tricks for aspiring ‘casters.

Look for LunchPods, weekday noon-hours during the festival at the Needle Vinyl Tavern (with snacks provided!).

NWF Passholders gain access for free, and anyone can drop in for $5 per session – tickets available at the door.

Come support the local broadcasting community, and join in the conversations!

Monday, May 8

Passion Pods: Where Art & Sports Collide

Taylor Chadwick & Chris W. Cook of What It Is are passionate supporters of Edmonton’s local arts scene, but also big supporters of sports – specifically hockey. They’re joined by Erika Ensign of Beginner’s Puck and Steven Schapansky of Hockey Feels to discuss their passion for sport AND the local arts scene. Is there truly a divide between the two, or are the arts and local sport more connected than we assume? Can we support both at the same time? Join these passionate individuals to see whether sport or art ends up dominating the conversation.

Tuesday, Tuesday May 9

Pods on Film: Movie Podcasting in Edmonton

Paul Matwychuk and Erin Fraser of Trash, Art, and the Movies are joined by Matt Bowes of Bollywood Is For Lovers and JP Fournier of The Movie Jerks to talk trends in podcasts about film.

Wednesday, May 10

Short Story Long: How Podcasts Pick Up Where News Outlets Drop Off

Alexandra Zabjek and Trisha Estabrooks of The Broadcast join Scott Fralick to dish from their collective journalistic experience on the gap that podcasts fill as news outlets lose staff and focus, and how podcasting allows for formats and conversations that you just can’t hear in traditional news broadcasts.

Thursday, May 11

Sound and Fury: The Key to Outstanding Sound & Content

Hosted by Adam Rozenhart of The Expats Podcast joins including Samantha Power and Lauren Albrecht to discuss the importance of planned and structured content, podcast length, and using the right tech for outstanding sound that shouldn’t break the bank.

Friday, May 12

Together We’re Stronger: YEG’s Podcast Community

Hosted by Karen Unland of Seen & Heard in Edmonton, this hour will discuss news, trends, and developments in Edmonton’s podcast scene, how you can get involved, and possibly where it’s all headed (hint: could a network be in YEG’s future?). Featuring Trina Shessel of the Northern Nerdcast and Ben Yendall of Tales from the Hydian Way.

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