OLIVER’S DEAL, directed by Barney Elliott

OLIVER’S DEAL, directed by Barney Elliott (pictured above) won the Maverick Award for Best Feature Narrative, and INCORRUPTIBLE, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi won the Maverick Award for Best Feature Documentary at the 2015 Woodstock Film Festival which ran Wednesday, September 30, through Sunday, October 4, 2015.

The Awards Ceremony was held Saturday night, with Academy Award® winning actress Melissa Leo on hand to help celebrate the talent at this year’s festival, including honorary award recipients Atom Egoyan and Guy Maddin, two of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers. Guy Maddin presented Atom Egoyan with the Honorary Maverick Award, and Atom Egoyan then presented Guy Maddin with the second annual Fiercely Independent Award.

This year’s ceremony also featured the introduction of two inaugural awards, the Carpe Diem Andretta Award, presented to Waffle Street, and the World Cinema Competition, presented to Meet Me In Venice.

2015 Woodstock Film Festival Maverick Awards

The Maverick Award for BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE was presented by jurors Themla Adams, Stephen Lang, and Joana Vincente to:

OLIVER’S DEAL, directed by Barney Elliott

Honorable Mention was presented to: IT HAD TO BE YOU, directed by Sasha Gordon

The Maverick Award for BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY was presented by jurors Simon Kilmurry, Alan Berliner, and Sara Bernstein to:

INCORRUPTIBLE, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

INCORRUPTIBLE, directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

“This remarkable film traces a journey from idealism to corruption in one of Africa’s oldest democracies, asking the question – is power an inherently corrupting influence? What the leaders of the country do not count on is that — in the end — it is the people of Senegal who turn out to be incorruptible. Through unprecedented access to all the players, filmmaker Chai Vasarhelyi weaves a complex and thrilling picture of a country at the precipice.” – 2015 Woodstock Film Festival Jury

Honorable Mention was presented to THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL, directed by Holly Morris, Co-directed by Anne Bogart

“A lyrical, poetic portrait of an unknown group of women in a forgotten land. The Babushkas of Chernobyl live mostly alone, in the shadow of the world’s largest nuclear meltdown, surrounded by huge amounts of invisible radiation contamination. Strong and independent, their indelible ties to their homes trumps any health risk to which they might be exposed. A beautifully crafted documentary, this film does what documentaries do best – transport us to an unknown world and introduce us to extraordinary people we might never meet.” – 2015 Woodstock Film Festival Jury

The Maverick Award for BEST ANIMATION was presented by jurors Signe Baumane and Linda Beck to:

THE FIVE MINUTE MUSUEM, directed by Paul Bush

Honorable Mention was presented to RELIGATIO, directed by Jaime Giraldo

The Markertek Award for BEST SHORT NARRATIVE was presented by Benjamin Scott, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Nancy Collet to:

STANHOPE, directed by Solvan “Slick” Naim

Honorable Mention was presented to WELCOME (BIENVENIDOS), directed by Javier Fesser

The Markertek Award for BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM was presented by jurors David F. Schwartz, Isil Bagdadi, and Marjoe Aquilling to:

AGAINST NIGHT, directed by Stefan Kubicki

The Markertek Award for BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY was presented by jurors Hugo Perez, Cynthia Kane, and Jedd Wider to:

ALL ABOUT AMY, directed by Samuel Centore

Honorable Mention was presented to NANEEK, directed by Neal Steeno

The Haskell Wexler Award for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY was presented with a special introduction by Haskell Wexler to:

BOB AND THE TREES, directed by Diego Ongaro, with cinematography by Chris Teague and Danny Vecchione

James Lyons Award for BEST EDITING of a FEATURE NARRATIVE was presented by jurors Meg Reticker and Sabine Hoffman to:

OLIVER’S DEAL, directed by Barney Elliott and edited by J.L. Romeu & Roberto Benavides

Honorable Mention was presented to TOUCHED WITH FIRE, directed by Paul Dalio and edited by Paul Dalio & Lee Percy

James Lyons Award for BEST EDITING of a FEATURE DOCUMENTARY was presented by jurors Sabine Hoffman, Katherine Barnier, and Michael Berenbaum to:

THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL, directed by Holly Morris and edited by Michael Taylor, Richard Howard, and Mary Manhardt

Honorable Mention was presented to I WILL NOT BE SILENCED, directed by Judy Rymer and edited by Paul Hamilton

ULTRA INDIE AWARD was presented by jurors Lori Singer and Leah Meyerhoff to:

LAMB, directed by Ross Partridge

Honorable Mention was presented to BOB AND THE TREES, directed by Diego Ongaro

TANGERINE ENTERTAINMENT JUICE AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE FEATURE DIRECTOR was presented by jurors Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell to:

Linda-Maria Birbeck, director of THERE SHOULD BE RULES

CARPE DIEM AWARD ANDRETTA AWARD FOR BEST FILM was presented by Lauri and Jim Andretta to: WAFFLE STREET, directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms

WORLD CINEMA AWARD was presented by jurors Claude Dal Farra and Lucy Barzun Donnelly to: MEET ME IN VENICE, directed by Eddy Terstall

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE was presented to Roberta Petzoldt (Meet Me in Venice)

FIERCELY INDEPENDENT AWARD was presented by Atom Egoyan to: GUY MADDIN

HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD was presented by Guy Maddin to: ATOM EGOYAN

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