Islands, Wildhood Top Kingston Canadian Film Fest Winners

Fest wraps up hybrid run

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Islands leads the winners of the 2022 Kingston Canadian Film Festival. The drama by Martin Edralin won the jury prize for Best First Feature in the list of award winners announced over the weekend by KCFF. Islands is a slice-of-life portrait of a working-class Filipino-Canadian family in Toronto, seen through the eyes of middle-aged Joshua (Rogelio Balagtas) as he cares for his aging parents and confronts his fear of dying alone. The film will be released theatrically beginning this April.

KCFF wrapped up a weeklong run as a hybrid festival with both in-person and online screenings. The festival’s closing night film, Wildhood, won the audience award as favourite Canadian film. Wildhood is directed by Bretten Hannam and has been widely acclaimed for its artful spin on the coming-of-age drama through a Two-Spirited lens. The film is now playing in theatres.

The full list of winners for the 2022 Kingston Canadian Film Festival is as follows:


Jury Prizes

Best First Feature

Islands directed by Martin Edralin

Best Canadian Short

Amani directed by Alliah Fafin

Best Youth Short 

Choice directed by Sabrina Marques

Best Local Short

Name It After: Improvised Music on Wolfe Island directed by David Parker and 12CAT Arts Collective


Audience Awards

Limestone Financial People’s Choice Award

Wildhood directed by Bretten Hannam

Favourite Canadian Short 

Forgotten directed by Mawrgan Shaw

Favourite Youth Short

The Reflection directed by Tom Fan

Favourite Local Short

R E V O L V I N G – Josh Lyon and Heidi Latsky


Pat Mullen is the publisher of POV Magazine. He holds a Master’s in Film Studies from Carleton University where his research focused on adaptation and Canadian cinema. Pat has also contributed to outlets including The Canadian Encyclopedia, Paste, That Shelf, Sharp, Xtra, and Complex. He is the vice president of the Toronto Film Critics Association and an international voter for the Golden Globe Awards.

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