Gastown rapper, city tour win Vancouver Minute video contest

Joel McCarthy's entry chosen by judges while Zachary Starko wins viewer's choice

After two weeks of voting, the winners of the Courier's first-ever Vancouver Minute short film contest have been announced.

The Critic's Choice award - worth $1,500 in London Drugs gift certificates - goes to Joel McCarthy for his highly amusing "Gastown Rap."

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The award was chosen by our two judges: Peter Leitch, head of Vancouver and North Shore Studios and chair of the B.C. Motion Picture Production Industry Association, and Warren Carr local filmmaker and producer, who's worked on Bourne Legacy, Happy Gilmore and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, among others.

Zachary Starko's aptly titled video "Vancouver Minute" won the Viewer's Choice award, which was chosen by popular vote and is worth $1,000 in London Drugs gift certificates. Runners up in this category were "Gastown Rap" in second and Hoffman Wong's "My City, My Life, That's Right_Vancouver."

Check back with the Courier on Friday for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the winning videos. In the mean time, check out the winning videos, along with the other eight finalists, below.

Critic's Choice

Viewer's Choice

VANCOUVER MINUTE from Zachary Starko on Vimeo.

The remaining Top 10

The Bike Club from Maureen Prentice on Vimeo.

My City, My Life, That's Right_ Vancouver. from Hoffmann Wong on Vimeo.

Once Upon a Time in Vancouver from Dunia Tozy on Vimeo.

Vancouver Minute from albert cleto on Vimeo.

CHEESE from Nick Hunnings on Vimeo.

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