Awards for 2017

Jury Prize

Peter Brunette Award for Best Director

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Best Screenplay

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Best Cinematography

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Best Animated Short Film

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Love: Réka Bucsi
"We chose Love for best animated short film for its excellent style, humor and exceptional visual storytelling."

Best Student Animated Short Film

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Lethe: Kat Michaelides
"We felt it was important to give an award for Best Student Animated Short Film to Lethe for its captivating design and animation, as well as its strong emotional through-line."

Best Narrative Short Film

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Apolo 81: Óscar Bernàcer
"Apolo81 is innovative with a perfect film script and production elements that keep the audience engaged."

Weg Met Willem: Willem Bosch
"Weg Met Willem is a confident film with a committed vision and a committed leading performance by child actor Kai Hofstra."

Best Student Narrative Short Film

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The Dam: Brendon McDonall
"The Dam is an emotional and moving film, with phenomenal performances depicting a subtle story of love. This student director is one to watch and produced engaging, subtle performances."

Best Documentary Short Film

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Waiting for Hassana: Ifunanya Maduka
"Filmmaker Maduka and her team took great artistic and personal risk to give voice to a story that is still unfolding but largely forgotten. Waiting for Hassana is compelling and sensitive. We want to see more from this filmmaker."

Best Documentary Feature

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IN-COMPETITION







Outstanding Performance

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Visionary Award

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Human Rights Award

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Best Narrative Feature

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Special Jury Prize

Documentary Feature

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Forever Pure: Maya Zinshtein
"For its nuanced look at a soccer season, with politics and passions often at odds with our preconceptions, where hooliganism and the Holocaust cast shadow over a dark and disturbing aspect of Israeli society as a community comes to terms with its own complexities, the Jury gives special mention to Forever Pure."

The Islands and the Whales: Mike Day
"For its unsettling and intimate look at how our interaction with a changing environment and changing culture is anything but simple, where an indigenous population of Viking ancestors in the most remote of areas are at the forefront of a global transformation, and for its demonstration that answers to these deep questions are anything but simple, the Jury gives special mention to The Islands and the Whales."

Sacred: Thomas Lennon
"For its beautiful portrayal of spirituality in its myriad forms, the wonder inherent in our unique ambition to strive for the transcendent, and how our traditions and disparate practices each reflect the multiplicity of paths taken on a shared journey of faith, the Jury gives a special mention to Sacred."

Honorable Mention

Documentary Shorts Competition

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Documentary Features Competition

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Human Rights Award

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Audience Choice Award

Altered States: New Directions in American Cinema

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IN-COMPETITION

Best Documentary Feature

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Best of Fest

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Best Narrative Feature

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Master of Cinema

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Spark Award

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Best Short Film

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Visionary Award

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