Awards for 2016
Special Jury Prize
Best Short Film
Audience Choice Award
Best Feature Narrative
La supplication: Pol Cruchten
"VOICES FROM CHERNOBYL is a deeply moving poetic journey which explores the relationship between tragedy and enduring love through the stories of those whose lives were profoundly changed by the Chernobyl nuclear accident. The film's exceptional visual power and innovative experimental approach widens the creative freedom and potential of documentary filmmaking."
Best MN-Made Feature Documentary
Best World Feature
Gaobie: Degena Yun
"This award is intended to support an emerging filmmaker that the Award Jury expects will make a significant contribution to the art of film in the course of his/her filmmaking career. We have selected the film A SIMPLE GOODBYE, directed by Degena Yun, who also wrote the screenplay as well as acted in this extraordinary family drama. Her attention to detail about an aging father suffering from pain and terminally ill, facing the dire prospect of loneliness and mortality, is both heart-warming and heart-breaking. The remarkable subtlety by which we bear witness to the everyday family crises which are invariably engendered by generational conflict allows the audience to see the value of communication between members of a multigenerational family."
Emerging Filmmaker - Special Mention
Radiator: Tom Browne
"For Special Jury Mention, we chose the film RADIATOR, a chamber piece which in its stark review of repressed family dynamics, is characterized by its emphasis on emotions rather than actions, while taking place in a confined yet intimate setting. It has been described as a "compelling melodrama that floats between Michael Haneke's 'Amour' and the plays of Samuel Beckett." The jury can only concur with this assessment."
Best Documentary - Special Mention
When Two Worlds Collide: Heidi Brandenburg
, Mathew Orzel
"For its unique access and for masterfully weaving together multiple threads that give the audience a unique perspective on an urgent and compelling story, WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE receives a Special Jury Mention."
Best MN-Made Narrative Feature
Best MN-Made Narrative Feature - Special Mention
Best Narrative Short
Starman: Josema Roig
"STARMAN by Josema Roig is a film take takes advantage of every-single-frame and delivers gripping performances in tandem with a nail-bighting story. It's a film that achieves both technically and creatively, and offers a fulfilled catharsis while leaving one wanting more. A fantastic accomplishment."
Special Jury Mention
Best Short Film