Awards for 2016

Krzysztof Kieslowski Award

Best Film

WINNER

Ostatnia rodzina: Jan P. Matuszynski
"For its epic and intimate portrayal of the life of surrealist Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, the award for Best Feature Film goes to The Last Family. Jan P. Matuszynski voyeuristic, powerful storytelling brings us into the apartment and the world of the Beksinskis over 30 tumultuous years, revealing the emotional highs and lows of this idiosyncratic yet relatable family."

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Special Jury Prize - Best Actress

WINNER

I, Daniel Blake: Hayley Squires
"The jury would also like to recognize the unforgettable performance by Hayley Squires in I, Daniel Blake. Her portrayal of a struggling single mother is deeply moving with a profound sense of realism."

Special Honorable Mention

WINNER

O Ornitólogo: João Pedro Rodrigues
"For its striking visuals, daring symbolism and unique approach we'd like to give a special mention to Joao Pedro Rodrigues' The Ornithologist."

Maysles Brothers Award

Best Documentary

WINNER

Do Not Resist: Craig Atkinson
"For a daring and deeply visceral portrait of the ongoing militarization of law enforcement in the U.S. that is captured in an honest and technically stunning fashion. Do Not Resist is an important, urgent film that every American should see."

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Honorable Mention

WINNER

Off the Rails: Adam Irving
"In a competition with six unique, accomplished works that embody documentary filmmaking at its most effective, the Jury would like to give an honorable mention to Off the Rails for its compassionate depiction of a fascinating New York story and figure that like Darius McCollum himself, is both humorous and heartbreaking."

People's Choice Award

Short Film

WINNER

Documentary Film

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Feature Film

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Liberty Global Student Filmmaker Award

Student Film

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American Independent Award

Best Feature Film

WINNER

Hunter Gatherer: Joshua Locy
"For its singular authorial voice and unique vision, sense of humor and sheer charm, the Award for Best American Independent Narrative goes to Joshua Locy's Hunter Gatherer. This consistently surprising feature debut from art director-turned-filmmaker Locy is one of overwhelming humanity, with unexpected characterizations deftly realized by Andre Royo, George Sample III and the rest of the film's nuanced supporting cast. Drifting seamlessly between subtle magical realism and tough reality, Hunter Gatherer is highlighted by sublime cinematography and a poignant, pitch-perfect score from American composer Keegan DeWitt."

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Honorable Mention

WINNER

Free in Deed: Jake Mahaffy
"The jury would like to give an Honorable Mention to Free in Deed for its powerful storytelling, patient filmmaking, incredible ensemble performances, and complete confidence of vision from filmmaker Jake Mahaffy."

Excellence in Acting Award

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Reel Social Club Indie Spirit Award

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