It was Taylor Olson’s year at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival as the film he directed, wrote and starred in swept up most of the major awards.
This year the FIN Stream Audience Choice awards were voted on by viewers.
Bone Cage, a rural Nova Scotia drama adapted by Olson from the play by Catherine Banks and produced by Melani Wood, won the Gordon Parsons Award for Best Atlantic Feature.
Olson won the Michael Weir Award for Best Atlantic Screenwriting and Best Atlantic Director. Bone Cage cinematographer Kevin A. Fraser won Best Atlantic Cinematographer.
Olson also won Best Atlantic Short, for Inceldom, or why are the angry men angry, which he directed.
Other winners are:
Best Atlantic Documentary, Bread in the Bones, directed by Darrell Varga, produced by Darrell Varga, Shana McGuire, and Walter Forsyth. (The filmmakers explored stories of sex and death, immigration and refugees, social justice and the counter-culture, among other things, through the loaf of bread.)
Best Atlantic Short Documentary, Queen of Chaos, directed by Kaila Bolton
2020 Script Development Program, Scott Jones for It’s The Fear That Keeps Me Awake, with honourable mention for Tracey Lavigne, Glitter.
Presented by the RBC Emerging Artists Project, Telefilm Canada and The Harold Greenberg Fund, the script development program allows writers to pitch their projects to a panel of film producers at the festival. The prize is worth $10,000.