The Seattle International Film Festival has announced the winners of the 41st annual event. The event, held this year over 25 days beginning May 14, saw entrants from 92 countries, with 750 screenings during the event. New Zealand feature The Dark Horse, from director James Napier Robertson, took two Audience Awards, for Best Picture and Best Actor; Documentary Romeo is Bleeding, directed by Jason Zeldes also took home two prizes, the Audience Award for documentary, and a special jury prize in the competition category. Other winners include: Hungarian director Károly Ujj-Mészáros, who took home the jury prize for Best Director for Liza, the Fox-Fairy; American film Chatty Catties, which earned the jury prize for Best New American Cinema for director Pablo Valencia; and The Great Alone from director Greg Kohs, which won the jury prize for Best Documentary.

The winners are:

SIFF 2015 GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AUDIENCE AWARDS

Golden Space Needle Award – Best Film
The Dark Horse
Director: James Napier Robertson (New Zealand 2014)

Golden Space Needle Award – Best Documentary
Romeo is Bleeding
Director: Jason Zeldes (USA 2015)

Golden Space Needle Award – Best Director
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Film: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (USA 2015)

Golden Space Needle Award – Best Actor
Cliff Curtis
Film: The Dark Horse (New Zealand 2014)

Golden Space Needle Award – Best Actress
Nina Hoss
Film: Phoenix (Germany 2014)

Golden Space Needle Award – Best Short Film
Even the Walls
Directors: Sarah Kuck, Saman Maydáni (USA 2015)

Lena Sharpe Award For Persistence Of Vision
Frame by Frame
Directors: Mo Scarpelli, Alexandria Bombach (Afghanistan 2014)

SIFF 2015 COMPETITION AWARDS

SIFF 2015 Best New Director

Grand Jury Prize
Károly Ujj-Mészáros
Film: Liza, the Fox-Fairy (Hungary 2015)

Special Jury Mention
Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Film: Corrections Class (Russia/Germany 2014)

SIFF 2015 Best Documentary

Grand Jury Prize
The Great Alone (USA 2015)
Director: Greg Kohs

Special Jury Prizes

Romeo is Bleeding (USA 2015)
Director: Jason Zeldes

Sergio Herman: F**king Perfect (Netherlands 2015)
Director: Willemiek Kluijfhout

SIFF 2015 Best New American Cinema

Grand Jury Prize
Chatty Catties (USA 2015)
Director: Pablo Valencia

SIFF 2015 FUTUREWAVE AND YOUTH JURY AWARDS

Youth Jury Award For Best Futurewave Feature
Seoul Searching (USA/South Korea 2015)
Director: Benson Lee

Youth Jury Award For Best Films4Families Feature
When Marnie Was There (Japan 2014)
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Wavemaker Award (Grand Prize)
Audio Input (USA)
Director: Sho Schrock-Manabe

Futurewave Audience Award
Minimum Max (USA)
Director: Josh Ovalle

Prodigy Camp Scholarships:

I’m Not Here (South Africa)
Director: Jack Markovitz

Minimum Max (USA)
Director: Josh Ovalle

SIFF 2015 SHORT FILM JURY AWARDS

Live Action

Grand Jury Prize
The Chicken (Croatia, Germany)
Director: Una Gunjak

Special Jury Prize
Hole (Canada)
Director: Martin Edralin

Documentary

Grand Jury Prize
Bihttoš (Canada)
Director: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Animation

Grand Jury Prize
The Mill at Calder’s End (USA)
Director: Kevin McTurk