At the VIFF closing gala, The Vancouver Asahi , a feature film based on the legendary Japanese-Canadian baseball team prior to the Second World War, won the Rogers People’s Choice Award.
The Ishii Yuya-directed movie received its world premiere at the festival, and generated a mob scene when stars Tsumabuki Satoshi and Kamenashi Kazuya strolled the red carpet.
The award was announced on Friday (October 10) prior to the gala closing night screening of Whiplash at the Centre.
As the 10-day fest wrapped up, audience choice awards also went to Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me (Most Popular International Documentary), All the Time in the World (Most Popular Canadian Documentary), and Preggoland (Most Popular Canadian Feature Film).
Described by the jury as a “visual masterpiece”, Ana Valine’s Sitting on the Edge of Marlene was also given the Women in Film + Television Artistic Merit Award.