Everything Else, Natalia Almada (Todo lo demás Doña Flor (Adriana Barraza))
Everything Else, Natalia Almada (Todo lo demás
Doña Flor (Adriana Barraza))

The San Francisco International Film Festival announced the winners of the juried 2017 Golden Gate Award (GGA) competitions, with the Golden Gate Awards New Directors going to Everything Else, directed by Natalia Almada; and the McBaine Documentary Feature Award going to Brimstone & Glory directed by Viktor Jakovleski. This year the Festival awarded nearly $40,000 in prizes to emerging and established filmmakers.

GOLDEN GATE NEW DIRECTORS (NARRATIVE FEATURE) PRIZE

GGA New Directors Prize winner: Everything Else, Natalia Almada (Mexico/USA/France)
Receives $10,000 cash prize

In a statement, the jury noted: “For its humanism, its consistency of vision, its formal rigor, and its remarkable blend of fiction and non-fiction, we give the New Directors award to Natalia Almada and her film Everything Else.”

MCBAINE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARDS

McBaine Documentary Feature Award Winner: Brimstone & Glory, Viktor Jakovleski (USA)
Receives $10,000 cash prize

The jury noted in a statement: “Spectacular and visceral, dangerous and spiritual, this high-flying documentary transports us into the ecstatic rituals of a Mexican town.”

McBaine Bay Area Documentary Feature Award: The Force, Peter Nicks (USA)
Receives $5,000 cash prize

The jury noted: “For it’s timely and in-depth examination of the relationship between the police and the community, unafraid to show the complex humanity of all sides of this fraught subject, we give this award to Peter Nicks’ gripping and finely crafted documentary.”

Special Jury Prize: School Life (formerly In Loco Parentis), Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane (Ireland/Spain)

The jury noted: “The jury would like to give a special jury prize to a movie that take us into an eccentric and idyllic world with intuitive grace and a richly empathetic vision.”

GOLDEN GATE AWARDS FOR SHORT FILMS

Best Narrative Short winner: Univitellin, Terence Nance (France)
Receives $2,000 cash prize

Special Jury Prize for Narrative Short: A Brief History of Princess X, Gabriel Abrantes (Portugal/France/UK)

Best Documentary Short winner: The Rabbit Hunt, Patrick X Bresnan (USA)
Receives $2,000 cash prize

Best Animated Short winner: Hot Dog Hands, Matt Reynolds, (USA)
Receives $2,000 cash prize

Best New Visions Short winner: Turtles Are Always Home, Rawane Nassif (Qatar/Lebanon/Canada)
Receives $1,500 cash prize

Bay Area Short First Prize winner: In the Wake of Ghost Ship, Jason Blalock (USA)
Receives $1,500 cash prize

Bay Area Short Second Prize winner: American Paradise, Joe Talbot, USA.
Receives $1,000 cash prize

GOLDEN GATE AWARD FOR FAMILY FILM

Best Family Film winner: Valley of a Thousand Hills, Jess Colquhoun (South Africa/UK)
Receives $1,000 cash prize

The jury noted: “This film is a moving, refreshing, and unexpected portrait of a section of the culture of South Africa, feeling so far away geographically but so easy to relate to emotionally. We were drawn into the ease and dynamics of the kids’ friendships. The authenticity of the storytelling from its young subjects helped create a deeper connection to the audience. It was hopeful, inspiring, reassuring, and visually stunning. We feel audience members of a wide range of ages can walk away with a lasting impression that captures the simplicity of childhood layered with life lessons on focus, respect, and friendship.”

Special Jury Prize: Summer Camp Island, Julia Pott (USA)

The jury noted: “We want to see more of this and wish it could be turned into a series. We love the quirky originality of the story, animation, and characters.”

GOLDEN GATE AWARD FOR YOUTH WORK

Best Youth Work winner: Cycle, Caleb Wild (USA)
Receives $1,000 cash prize

The jury noted: “Cycle presented an honest portrait of a young man coming-of-age that examined his character beyond the typical tropes of masculinity, offering viewers an engaging journey that felt personal and surprising with strong cinematography.”

GOOGLE BREAKTHROUGH IN TECHNOLOGY AWARD

Google presents the Breakthrough in Technology Award for the best use or display of technology and innovation. The award honors filmmakers who go the extra mile to highlight the use of computer science and technology to solve a problem and make the world a better place, and aspires to promote diversity in tech while disrupting negative stereotypes in STEM fields.

Google Breakthrough in Technology Award winner: N.O.VI.S., Arthur Rodger ‘Harley’ Maranan (Phillipines)
Receives $500 cash prize donated by Google Inc.

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