2017 BARRY CONVEX AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED!

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We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Barry Convex is Navin Ramaswaran’s POOR AGNES.

POOR AGNES was chosen to represent the 2017 Barry Convex Award not only for its impressive direction, darkly comic storytelling and overall unified vision, but for its challenging attitude. Coming out of a country with a system where voices of subversion against, and challenges to, the mainstream status quo are few and far between — and yet more important than ever – POOR AGNES acts as a daring and powerful middle finger against establishment filmmaking.

The jury would also like to give an honourable mention to Patrick Demers’ ORIGAMI, for its deft direction, sophisticated visual aesthetic, strong performances and the successful blending of genres in a complex story told in a refreshingly unconventional manner.

Sincerely, the 2017 Barry Convex jury:

Kier-La Janisse, George Mihalka and Douglas Buck

The Barry Convex Award is an annual juried cash prize for which all Canadian features or co-productions making their Canadian premiere at the Fantasia International Film Festival are eligible. For more information on the award, see HERE >>

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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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