Taking in the breathtaking sights of Niagara’s beautiful wine country, guests had a chance to enjoy a spectacular lineup of films – including multiple Canadian premieres – under the stars and in the theatres. Local wineries and chefs served guests extraordinary food, made with homegrown Niagara produce, paired with some of the regions best wines.

To close a wonderful weekend, filled with these remarkable experiences a selection of NIFF Awards were handed out on Sunday, June 21, at the White Oaks Resort and Spa, with nods going to both global and local filmmakers.

“We are so grateful to all our stellar sponsors and partners,” says NIFF Founder and President Sari Ruda, “both those who are back for our second edition, and those joining our vision this year. We could not have done it without their incredible support, and we hope to continue working with them in year 3.”

And the awards go to…

NIFF Rising Star – Bel Powley – “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”

Best Feature  – “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” – Marielle Heller

Best Director – James Kent  – “The Testament of Youth”

Best Documentary – “For Grace”  – Directors Kevin Pang and Mark Helenowski

Best Male Actor – Patrick Stewart  – “Match”

Best Female Actress –  Alicia Vikander  – “The Testament of Youth”

Best Family Film – “Little Big Master” – Director Adrian Kwan

Best Niagara Rises Feature – “The Hotel Dieu” – Director Adrian Thiessen

RBC Emerging Artist Award ($2,500) –  Adrian Thiessen “The Hotel Dieu”

Best Niagara Rises Short – “Made In Bali” – Director Michael Pohorly

Niagara Rises Special Jury Prize – “The Cocksure Lads Movie”

World Smallest Film Festival Director’s Choice ($1,000)  Director Andrea Conte – “Many More Rivers To Cross”

World Smallest Film Festival Audience Choice (Samsung Tablet) – “Many More Rivers To Cross” –  Director Andrea Conte

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Signature Sponsors

RBC, Royal Bank of Canada ralota technologies


Industry Day Partners & Sponsors

OMDC, Ontario Media Development Corporationwalrus


Programming Partners & Sponsors

FIFBInternational Shorts
HKETO, Hong Kong Economic and Trade OfficeHong Kong Programme
olgCanadian  Programme
imaginenativeThe Embargo Project
ICFFSpotlight Italy



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