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The Chicken directed by Una Gunjak

The 2015 Seattle International Film Festival announced today this year’s ShortsFest Jury Award winners. The Chicken (pictured above), directed by Una Gunjak, and described by the jury as an expertly crafted narrative that explores life and death through the eyes of a young girl, is the winner of the Grand Jury Prize, Live Action Short Film. Bihttoš, an unconventional documentary that explores the complex relationship between a father and daughter, directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers won the Grand Jury Prize Documentary Short Film.  This years Festival running May 14 through June 7, features 164 short films, including 25 World, 18 North American, and 11 US premieres.

ShortsFest jurors chose winners in the Live Action, Animation, and Documentary categories. All ShortsFest films shown at the Festival are also eligible for Golden Space Needle Audience Awards. Each ShortsFest Grand Jury winner will receive $1,000, and the winners in the three categories are eligible for the Academy Awards® in their respective Short Film category (Live Action, Animated, or Documentary).

SIFF 2015 SHORTSFEST AWARD WINNERS

LIVE ACTION

GRAND JURY PRIZE
The Chicken (Croatia, Germany), directed by Una Gunjak

JURY STATEMENT: An expertly crafted narrative that explores life and death through the eyes of a young girl. With a film full of authentic performances, Iman Alibalic is extraordinary as the six-year-old protagonist who receives a live chicken from her father for her birthday, and soon realizes it’s meant for dinner. This is an emotional film with a production quality that continues to move the story along and underscore the realities of life in a war zone.

SPECIAL JURY MENTION
Hole (Canada), directed by Martin Edralin

JURY STATEMENT: Hole is a brave exploration of human sexuality and yearning for intimacy through the eyes of a lonely, forgotten, disabled man in the heart of Toronto. Ken Harrower delivers a captivating performance that transcends any labels or limitations and speaks to the need for human connection.

DOCUMENTARY

GRAND JURY PRIZE
Bihttoš (Canada), directed by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

JURY STATEMENT: For its ambitious approaches to visual storytelling and imaginative recounting of an exceptional family history.

ANIMATION

GRAND JURY PRIZE
The Mill at Calder’s End (USA), directed by Kevin McTurk

JURY STATEMENT: There exists a tendency to laud the new-new stories, new techniques, new talent. With the animation award, the jury is pleased to celebrate a film that is decidedly old-school, breathing life into a bygone style, iterating in a story tradition that is centuries old. For this fusion of the modern and classic, we are happy to award Kevin McTurk for The Mill at Calder’s End.

FUTUREWAVE SHORTS AWARDS

“WAVEMAKER AWARD (GRAND PRIZE)

In recognition of superior artistic and technical achievement.

Audio Input (USA), directed by Sho Schrock-Manabe
JURY STATEMENT: For its insightful and engaging portrait of podcasting, an audio art form, through a collage of interviews and images.

PRODIGY CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS

Each winner will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to the Prodigy Camp.

I’m Not Here (South Africa), directed by Jack Markovitz

Minimum Max (USA), directed by Josh Ovalle

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