The 18th annual Slamdance Film Festival tonight announced the feature film and short film recipients of this year’s awards in the Audience, Grand Jury and Sponsored Award categories. Juries of industry figures and filmmakers determined the Slamdance Jury Awards for Narrative, Documentary and Short Film categories. Audience, Sponsored and the Spirit of Slamdance awards were also anounced. The feature competition films in the Documentary and Narrative Programs are limited to first-time filmmakers working with production budgets of less than $1 million. From the release:
- Audience Award for Feature Documentary: GETTING UP by Caskey Ebeling
- Audience Award for Feature Narrative: BINDLESTIFFS by Andrew Edison
GRAND JURY AWARDS – NARRATIVE
Narrative jury members were filmmakers Karin Chien and Jason McHugh, and film distribution executive Orly Ravid.
- Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Narrative: WELCOME TO PINE HILL by Keith Miller
- Special Jury Award for Bold Originality: HEAVY GIRLS by Axel Ranisch
GRAND JURY AWARDS – DOCUMENTARY
Documentary jury was made up of journalist Mark Bell and filmmakers Aaron Marshall and Kelly Williams.
- Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Documentary: NO ASHES, NO PHOENIX by Jens Pfeifer.
- Grand Jury Sparky Award for Short Documentary: THE PROFESSIONAL by Skylar Neilsen.
GRAND JURY AWARDS – SHORT FILMS
Short film jury members were Iranian-American filmmaker/curator Ehsan Ghoreishi, writer/filmmaker Oona Mekas and filmmaker and stage veteran Jack Truman.
- Grand Jury Sparky Award for Animation: VENUS by Tor Fruergaard.
- Grand Jury Sparky Award for Short Film: I AM JOHN WAYNE by Christina Choe.
- Special Jury Prize for Experimental Short: SOLIPSIST by Andrew Huang.
- Honorable Mention for Best Ensemble: I’M COMING OVER by Sam Handel.
SPECIAL & SPONSORED AWARDS
- Spirit of Slamdance Sparky Award: HEAVY GIRLS (Dicke Mädchen) – Axel Ranisch, Heiko Pinkowski, Anne Baeker.
- The Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography: FAITH, LOVE AND WHISKEY by Kristina Nikolova.
- Panasonic AF100 Award for ‘The Five Flavors of Filmmaking’ Competition: JOSH GIBSON, director of the short film Kudzu Vine. The winning team receives a Panasonic AF100 Camera Package.