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'Columbine' audience choice in Vancouver

'Columbine' audience choice in Vancouver
VANCOUVER -- Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine took the Air Canada People's Choice Award at the 21st Vancouver International Film Festival, which closed Friday night. An estimated 150,000 people attended the 16-day festival, a new record. This year, the festival added new screening rooms and featured a more playful "Hollywood/Bollywood" theme than the political themes of recent years. Other winners included Andrew Cheng's Shanghai Panic (Dragons and Tigers Award for Young Cinema), Lee Chang-Dong's Oasis Chief Dan George Humanitarian Award) and Peter Mettler's Gambling, Gods and L.S.D. (National Film Board Best Documentary). Director Jane McGregor won the Women in Film and Video Artistic Merit Award for her films Flowers & Garnet and Bitten. The Federal Express Award for Most Popular Canadian Film was shared by two films, Deborah Day's Expecting and Fix: The Story of an Addicted City, by Nettie Wild. The Telefilm Canada awards for Best Emerging Western Canadian Director were won by Keith Behrman (feature-length) and Michelle Porter (short). The new Citytv Western Canadian Screenwriter Award went to Nicholas Racz for The Burial Society. The awards were presented before a gala screening of Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven, which closed the festival.

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