For the past 18 years, the Leo Awards have celebrated the best and brightest in British Columbia’s film and television industry. Awards are handed out over a three-day event, honouring excellence in a wide range of categories, from animation to live action, and adult drama to documentaries and children’s films.
And with Vancouver’s booming industry, there are plenty of productions to celebrate. With our lower Canadian dollar, plus the plethora of big name studios and amazing talents in the city, Vancouver is a mecca for both local and American productions. You can always find a film crew setting up somewhere around town, and that’s especially true for historic Gastown, one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods, and where you’ll find Vancouver Film School’s campuses. Shows like The Flash, Arrow and iZombie regularly shoot around our buildings, in the neighbouring alleys and parks. As a result of all these film crews working in and around the city, our students graduate with lots of opportunities to dive into a successful and rewarding career on set.
As you would expect, many Vancouver Film School alumni were among those on the winner’s list at the Leos, proving once again, that our grads are some of the most accomplished and talented artists in the industry. In total, 14 VFS alumni were honoured at the Leo Awards, hailing from our Sound, Animation, Acting, Design, Film and Makeup programs.
Below, you’ll find a list of the former VFS students who earned awards this year. We congratulate them for their achievements, and look forward to what they will accomplish next!
Best Sound in a Motion Picture
The Philosophy of Phil - May Guimaraes
Best Lead Performance by a Male in a Motion Picture
Hello Destroyer - Jared Abrahamson
Best Sound in a TV Movie
Cold Zone - Brayden McCluskey, Aaron Tchir
Best Visual Effects in a Short Drama
Sidekick - Jeremy Stewart, Michael Stewart
Best Make-Up in a Short Drama
Sidekick - Jenn Kaminski
Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary
Chasing Evel: The Robbie Knievel Story - Ken Johns
Best Cinematography in a Short Documentary Program
Srorrim - Shayne Zwickel
Best Animation Program/Series
Beat Bugs - Jennifer Twiner-McCarron
Best Youth or Children's Program/Seris
Scout & the Gumboot Kids - David Roncin
Best Web Series
Telegraph Cove – Darren Borrowman
Best Performance by a Female in a Web Series
Telegraph Cove – December - Savonna Spracklin
Best Music Video
Just In Time by Jessie Farrell – David Roncin