Actor Jason Priestley's directorial debut, Cas & Dylan, has picked up the Audience Award at the Whistler Film Festival in Canada.

The former Beverly Hills, 90210 star stepped behind the camera for his first narrative feature, and the road trip comedy has become a break-out hit at the annual British Columbia movie festival.

The film stars Richard Dreyfuss as a dying man who decides to spend the rest of his days travelling Canada, but ends up on the lam with an eccentric young woman, played by Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany.

The rising actress was given her own accolade - she won the Best Actor trophy.