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, Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical Publications, founding director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and the Festival Director of Monster Fest in Melbourne, Australia. 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 and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Filmmaker, Offscreen, Shindig!, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011), and 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). She recently co-edited and published the anthology books KID POWER! (Spectacular Optical, 2014) about kids in cult film and television and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s. She is currently working on the book A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time about children’s programming from 1965-1985.


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