Ice Mother (Czech Republic) directed by Bohdan Sláma
Ice Mother

Ice Mother (Czech Republic) directed by Bohdan Sláma and Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster’s Science Fair (United States) snagged the top audience accolades at the 41st Portland International Film Festival. Ice Mother won the award for Best Narrative Feature and Science Fair took the Best Documentary Feature award.

Director Ryôta Nakano is the winner of this year’s Best New Director award for his debut feature, Her Love Boils Bathwater (Japan). Tehran Taboo (Austria/Germany) director Ali Soozandeh takes home the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature. This year’s Best International Short Film Award goes to director Britt Raes for her film Catherine (Belgium). Portland-based director Dawn Jones Redstone’s film We Have Our Ways is the recipient of the Best Oregon Short Film Award.

Best Narrative Feature

1. Ice Mother / Czech Republic/France/Slovakia / dir. Bohdan Sláma *winner Best Narrative Feature
2. A Taxi Driver / South Korea / dir. Hun Jang
3. Foxtrot / Israel/Switzerland/Germany/France / dir. Samuel Maoz

Best Documentary Feature

1. Science Fair / United States / dir. Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster *winner Best Documentary Feature
2. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? / United States / dir. Morgan Neville
3. Soufra / Lebanon/United States/Singapore / dir. Thomas A. Morgan

Best New Director

1. Her Love Boils Bathwater / Japan / dir. Ryôta Nakano *winner Best New Director
2. Bad Genius / Thailand / dir. Nattawut Poonpiriya
3. The Rider / United States / dir. Chloé Zhao

Best Animated Feature

1. Tehran Taboo / Austria/Germany / dir. Ali Soozandeh *winner Best Animated Feature
2. The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales / France / dir. Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert
3. Big Fish & Begonia / China / dir. Xuan Liang, Chun Zhan

Best International Short Film

1. Catherine / Belgium / dir. Britt Raes *winner Best International Short Film
2. World of Tomorrow Episode Two / United States / dir. Don Hertzfeldt
3. Edith & Eddie / United States / dir. Laura Checkoway

Best Oregon Short Film

1. We Have Our Ways / Portland, OR / dir. Dawn Jones Redstone *winner Best Oregon Short Film
2. Lovely Legs / Portland, OR / dir. Abby Thompson
3. Two Balloons / Portland, OR / dir. Mark Smith

Best of Masters sidebar

On Body and Soul / Hungary / dir. Ildikó Enyedi

Best of PIFF After Dark sidebar

Bodied / United States / dir. Joseph Kahn

Best of Ways of Seeing sidebar

The Nothing Factory / Portugal / dir. Pedro Pinho

Best of Films for Families sidebar

Science Fair / United States / dir. Cristina Costantini, Darren Foster

Best of Global Panorama sidebar

A Taxi Driver / South Korea / dir. Hun Jang

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