The Seattle International Film Festival announced today this year’s 2016 ShortsFest Jury Award winners. This year’s Festival runs May 19 to June 12.
Carl Spence, SIFF’s Chief Curator and Artistic Director, says, “As an Academy Award®-qualifying festival, SIFF stands on the cutting edge of the short form, honoring masters of short filmmaking and bringing to light big-time feature filmmakers of tomorrow as they take their first steps. ShortsFest Weekend is a highlight for many SIFF-goers as we showcase the best and brightest among short films from around the world each year.”
Adds Beth Barrett, Director of Programming, “The incredible versatility of the short film format is reflected in the inspiring diversity of this year’s selection of films. Each year, an amazing array of talented filmmakers come together during ShortsFest Weekend. We are proud to offer a forum for networking and collaboration, as well as to honor and celebrate the outstanding work of this year’s exceptional winners.”
ShortsFest jurors chose winners in 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 $2,500, and is eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award® in its respective Short Film category (Live Action, Animated, or Documentary).
SIFF 2016 SHORTSFEST AWARD WINNERS
GRAND JURY PRIZE
Killer (USA), directed by Matt Kazman
JURY STATEMENT: The grand jury prize is awarded to Killer. Well conceived, masterfully executed and the perfect use of the short form, Killer captures the universally positive and negative aspects of adolescence. The filmmaker takes an uncomfortable moment and hilariously crafts a story that is innocent, memorable and authentic.
SPECIAL JURY MENTION
Bitchboy (Sweden), directed by Måns Berthas
JURY STATEMENT: We would like to award a special jury prize to the film for its uniqueness of vision and to the filmmaker whose risk taking left an indelible impression. The film is an unforgettable visual orchestration of black metal, grandma and death, culminating in one badass short.
GRAND JURY PRIZE
These C*cksucking Tears (USA), directed by Dan Taberski
JURY STATEMENT: We’re proud to present the Best Documentary Short Award to These C*cksucking Tears! We thought that Patrick Haggerty had such an amazing story, and was such a great character with such a huge passion for country music and the film really showcased that – as well as detailing his struggles with being shut out of Nashville just because he’s a gay man.
GRAND JURY PRIZE
Carlo (Italy), directed by Ago Panini
JURY STATEMENT: We’re proud to present the Best Animated Short Award to Carlo! We felt it was a whimsical but also profound look at a man in love. We liked the way it championed the “everyman” in pursuit of his dream date, and how it used a fantastical metaphor for love. In addition, we felt the animation really had a style that stood out.
FUTUREWAVE SHORTS AWARDS
WAVEMAKER AWARD (GRAND PRIZE)
Sable Mire (USA), directed by Bogui Adjorlolo and Isaac Pauls
JURY STATEMENT: For its ambitious portrait of familial relationships infused with dramatic tension, stylish cinematography, strong acting performances, and a provocative ending.
PRODIGY CAMP SCHOLARSHIP
The winner will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to the Prodigy Camp.
Children (Jordan), directed by Marah Al Hassan