The Paper Man Wins Audience Award at Whistler Film Fest


By Pat Mullen

The Paper Man (aka Lafortune en papier) topped the list of audiences favourites at this year’s Whistler Film Festival. The doc by Tanya Lapointe won over Whistler audiences with its touching portrait of late Quebecois artist and TV icon Claude Lafortune. Beloved by generations of Canadians as Quebec’s equivalent to Mr. Rogers, Lafortune left behind a legacy of extraordinary work after passing away from complications with COVID-19 earlier this year.

Lapointe’s film, which had its world premiere at the festival, pays tribute to Lafortune and his work by observing as he found re-appraisal as an artist in the later years of his life. Read more about The Paper Man in our interview with Tanya Lapointe. The drama Marlene, directed by Wendy Hill-Tout, was the runner-up for the Audience Award at Whistler.

The Paper Man received an honourable mention in the juried award winners announced last week. It was runner-up to Julien Temple’s Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane McGowan for the World Documentary Award. Other Whistler winners announced previously included Little Orphans, a dysfunctional family drama directed by Ruth Lawrence, with the Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature. Sophie Dupuis won the Best Director prize for her gripping rescue drama Souterrain. Docs also took home some hardware with Josephine Anderson’s On Falling winning the Best Mountain Culture Film Award.

Whistler films are available to stream through December 31.