Feuilles Mortes (Dead Leaves) wins the 2016 Barry Convex Award!

Dead Leaves

In 2015 Spectacular Optical initiated an annual film award to be given out at the Fantasia International Film Festival for the Best Canadian Feature making its World or Canadian Premiere at the festival. Named after the head of the fictional Spectacular Optical in David Cronenberg’s Videodrome, the Barry Convex Award is a physical award designed by renowned Canadian artist Gary Pullin, as well as a $1000 cash prize courtesy of the Paul A. Ray Memorial Fund.

The jury for 2016 consisted of Kier-La Janisse, Paul Corupe and Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare. As with last year (which awarded Larry Kent’s She Who Must Burn), we were very impressed with all the films in the competition, and would like to give an honorable mention to Lawrence Cote-Collins’ Ecartee, which was a close runner-up and a masterful exercise in voyeuristic suspense.

The film that won the award this year involved three directors who are no strangers to accolades at the festival. Together they created a post-apocalyptic western with a unique structure that is at times fierce and confrontational and at other times heartbreaking, and featuring a great ensemble cast whose moving performances transcend their star power.

We are pleased to give the Barry Convex Award this year to Feuilles Mortes (Dead Leaves) by Thierry Bouffard, Carnior and Eduoard Tremblay.


About the author:

Kier-La Janisse

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, Owner/Artistic Director of Spectacular Optical Publications and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival (1999-2005) in Vancouver, was the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012) and contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), Recovering 1940s Horror: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington, 2014) The Canadian Horror Film: Terror of the Soul (University of Toronto Press, 2015) and We Are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale (PS Press, 2017). She co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014), Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (Spectacular Optical, 2015) and Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin (2017), and is co-editing Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television for release in late 2017. She is currently writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time: Children’s Programming and the Counterculture, 1965-1985, monographs about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter and Patricia Birch’s Grease 2, and is in development on a TV series based on her book House of Psychotic Women with Rook Films.


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