Slamdance: ‘Dollhouse’ & ‘Kifaru’ Take Top Prizes – Full Winners List


We have the prize winners from the 25th anniversary Slamdance Film Festival in Park City. Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture took the Jury Award for Narrative Features, and its director Nicole Brending also scored the George Starks Spirit of Slamdance Award. Kifaro won both the Jury Award and Audience Award for Documentary Features.

A no-holds-barred look at misogyny as told by puppets, Dollhouse charts the life and times of Junie Spoons, a once-popular child star and tween idol who peaks at 18 and is D-listed to society’s where-are-they-now junk drawer. Spanning four years, Kifaru follows two ranger recruits mentored by a seasoned ranger with an unorthodox approach to caring for the world’s last northern white rhino.

The fest’s two other Audience Awards went to Andrew Patterson’s The Vast of Night (Narrative Feature) and Patrick Creadon’s Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story (Beyond Feature). The Slamdance Acting Award was presented to Siyabonga Majola for We Are Thankful.

Here are the winners at the 25th annual  Slamdance Film Festival:

Narrative Feature Grand Jury Prize
Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture (Dir.: Nicole Brending)

Honorable Mention
Cat Sticks (Dir.: Ronny Sen)

Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize
Kifaru (Dir.: David Hambridge)

Honorable Mention
Markie in Milwaukee (Dir.: Matt Kliegman)

Documentary Short Grand Jury Prize
Tungrus (Dir.: Rishi Chandna)

Honorable Mention
Las Del Diente (Dir.: Ana Perez Lopez)

Narrative Shorts Grand Jury Prize
Woman in Stall (Dir.: Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli)

Honorable Mention
East of the River (Dir.: Hannah Peterson)

Experimental Shorts Grand Jury Prize
Wayward Emulsions (Dir.: Tina Takemoto)

Honorable Mention
Applied Pressure (Dir.: Kelly Sears)

Animated Shorts Grand Jury Prize
Shalva (Tranquility) (Dir.: Danna Windsor)

Honorable Mention
Bloeistraat 11 directed (Dir.: Nienke Deutz)

Slamdance Acting Award
Siyabonga Majola (We Are Thankful)

Honorable Mentions
Aya Kitai (Demolition Girl)
Lauren McCune (Ready for Love)

George Starks Spirit of Slamdance Award
Nicole Brending (dir. Of Dollhouse: The Eradication of Female Subjectivity in American Popular Culture)

CreativeFuture Innovation Award
Bloeistraat 11 (Dir.: Nienke Deutz)

The Russo Brothers Fellowship Award Winner:
Hannah Peterson, dir. of East of the River

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
The Vast of Night (Dir.: Andrew Patterson)

Audience Award for Documentary Feature
Kifaru (Dir.: David Hambridge)

Audience Award for Beyond Feature
Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story (Dir.: Patrick Creadon)

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