Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's film The Goddess of Fire Flies won the Grand Prize for a feature film at the Quebec City Film Festival which ended on Sunday evening.
Adapted from the novel of the same name written by Geneviève Pettersen, this film was described by the jury as “fiery, skin-deep, sensory”.
“For his exceptional performances, for this overwhelming and inspiring load of life. A magical, enveloping and deeply human achievement, ”added the jurors Anne Émond (director and screenwriter), Jacques Leblanc (actor) and Geneviève Boivin-Roussin (actress) in a press release.
For his part, Baamum Nafi by Mamadou Dia won the Quebec Association of Cinema Critics (AQCC) prize for a first feature film, a new award.
The Collegial Jury Prize was awarded ex aequo to two feature films: Je m'appelle humaine by Kim O'Bomsawin and Sweet Thing by Alexandre Rockwell.
For short films, Ariane Lebed won the Grand Prix international competition for Olla.
Audience awards for feature and short films will be announced as soon as the results are counted.