The 2023 CFTCA Best Cascadian Film Award Winner: Riceboy Sleeps | Cascadia Critics

Cascadia Critics Best Cascadian Film Award, 2023

This year I co-founded the Cascadia Film & Television Critics Association, and as part of our launch we coordinated our membership to vote for the Best Cascadian Film Award, our premiere award highlighting the films of the region. I’m pleased to announce Riceboy Sleeps by director (and writer, editor, and actor) Anthony Shim as the inaugural winner of this award!

Anthony Shim has crafted a loving and touching film about the two places he calls home. The film features staggering performances from Choi Seung-yoon as So-Young, Dohyun Noel Hwang and Ethan Hwang as young and teenage Dong-Hyun, respectively, an appearance from Shim himself as Simon, and more.  We reached out to Mr Shim to inform him of our selection; he offered this comment in response.

“I want to thank the members of the Cascadia Film & TV Critics Association for this award. I’m touched and honored to be acknowledged by members of the film industry from my own community like this. Riceboy Sleeps was set and shot in the outskirts of Vancouver; the setting played such an integral role in the film and I’m so grateful to have been able to shoot in the places we did. I hope to make many more films in our beautiful British Columbia with all of the incredibly talented artists that we have for years to come. Thank you.” 

Anthony Shim