Awards for 2017

Honorable Mention

Best Feature Film

WINNER

Haskell Wexler Award

Best Cinematography

WINNERS

The Sounding: David Kruta
"All of these films considered for the cinematography award stand out for the visual stories that they tell and the humanity they touch. In all, there is alive the spirit of independence, the deep desire to tell a story with a singular voice that speaks of our human/animal existence. This is the spirit of our dear late friend and cinematographer Haskell Wexler. It is in his honor that we are giving this award."

The Sounding: David Kruta, Catherine Eaton (Rag and Bone Pictures)
Jury Member and legendary DP Ellen Kuras wrote: "All of these films considered for the cinematography award stand out for the visual stories that they tell and the humanity they touch. There is alive the spirit of independence and the deep desire to tell a story with a singular voice that speaks of our human existence... The film selected is a beautifully expressed film in many, many ways - including the cinematography. The shadow and the light in the images played as much a part in telling the story as the acting and the text. Deftly using color palette, texture, and a shallow depth of field, the cinematographer imbued the images with a dramatic resonance to the imagery, while the handheld gave the film an engaged, intimate feel. We were drawn in by the images and by the camera's point of view. Hence the cinematography played an incredibly important part of the story."

Maverick Award

Best Documentary Feature

WINNER

Best Narrative Feature

WINNER

Infinity Baby: Bob Byington
"In this absurdist comedy set in the near-future, Ben, a perpetual dater who is incapable to commit to any relationship, portrayed in a wonderfully wacky performance by Kieran Culkin, works for a company tasked with finding a forever home for genetically modified babies who don't age, cry, eat or soil diapers. So-called Infinity Babies are a stylistic choice for parents who don't want the responsibilities of raising a child. But somewhere along the way, one of these care-free babies almost dies of neglect and one of our characters discovers a need and knack for parenting. Featuring such supporting comedic veterans as Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally (both from Parks and Recreation) and Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks, Silicon Valley), whose hilarious performances are essential to the whole, and assuredly directed by Bob Byington with beautiful black and white imagery, Infinity Baby is about trying to find our place in a world that is becoming increasingly artificial and the human relationships and connections that we hone along the way."

Ultra Indie Award

Best Film

WINNER

Ultra Indie Competition

WINNER

IN-COMPETITION

James Lyons Award

Best Editing of a Feature Documentary

WINNER

Best Editing of a Feature Narrative

WINNER

World Cinema Award

Best Foreign Film

WINNER

Carpe Diem Andretta Award

WINNER

Roll with Me: Lisa France (director), Gabriel Cordell (subject)

Trailblazer Award

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Excellence in Acting Award

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Best Student Short

Student Shorts

WINNER

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