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CineSiege 2016 spotlights top student films

The 14th annual CineSiege screening, a juried showcase featuring the best productions of the past year by York’s undergraduate filmmakers, packed the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema on October 26. The prizes for Best Fiction Film and Best Editing went to Eric Bizzarri’s The Shallow End.

The Shallow End

Elana Emer won Best Alternative Film and Best Sound for Retox, and Connor Johnstone’s White Circus was awarded Best Documentary.

White Circus

Frank Varga’s A Familiar Tree took Best 1st year Film, and Best 2nd Year Film went to Mimes Sing Softly by Samira Darbandsari.

Mimes Sing Softly

Moods Like Jazz and Roadkill tied for Best Cinematography, and Elston Wong’s Tangyuan won Best Screenplay. For details on all the nominees and award-winners, visit the CineSiege 2016 website.

Janine Marchessault elected to Royal Society of Canada

Janine Marchessault

York University Cinema and Media Arts Professor Janine Marchessault was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in September 2016. Election to the RSC is the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences. The RSC citation noted that Marchessault is “an internationally acclaimed media scholar and curator of numerous large-scale public art exhibitions exploring sustainable urbanism. Her scholarly work, including ten monographs and edited volumes and more than fifty articles, has had an enduring influence on the fields of media, cinema, and urban studies. As a curator, she has made a sustained impact in the art world and opened a vital space for community participation and public dialogue.”