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Know Your Place directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi - Winners of 48th Seattle International Film Festival
Know Your Place directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi

48th Seattle International Film Festival announced the winners of the 2022 Golden Space Needle with Know Your Place directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi winning the Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Film along with New American Cinema Jury Award. Grand Jury Prizes went to Klondike, winner of the Official Competition, The Territory won for Best Documentary, Sublime won in the Ibero-American Competition, and Lonely Voices won for Best Performance. Other top awards including Best Documentary went to Radiograph of a Family Dale Dickey and A Love Song won Best Performance.

The 11-day festival, which began April 14, screened 263 films, including 28 world premieres (15 features/13 short films), 24 North American premieres (17 features/seven short films), and nine U.S. premieres (four features/five short films). Some 60 percent of films were created by first- or second-time filmmakers; nearly half (43 percent) were created by women or nonbinary filmmakers.

“As we celebrated our first in-person festival in three years, we were so thrilled to bring great films and new voices from across the globe,” said Beth Barrett, SIFF Artistic Director. “Creating those experiences that bring audiences around film, both in cinema and hybrid, allowed us all to connect, to learn, and to make our own world a little bigger. We are consistently impressed with filmmakers’ abilities to tell their stories, even under stressful conditions, and to find and meet their audiences.”

GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD WINNERS

GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST FILM
Know Your Place, directed by Zia Mohajerjasbi (USA)

First runner-up: Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, directed by Dean Fleischer Camp (USA)
Second runner-up: I Love My Dad, directed by James Morosini (USA)
Third runner-up: I’ll Show You Mine, directed by Megan Griffiths (USA)
Fourth runner-up: The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic, directed by Teemu Nikki (Finland/Italy)

GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST DOCUMENTARY
The Territory, directed by Alex Pritz (Brazil/Denmark/USA)

First runner-up: Sweetheart Deal, directed by Elisa Levine and Gabriel Miller (USA)
Second runner-up: Kaepernick & America, directed by Tommy Walker and Ross Hockrow (USA)
Third runner-up: Skate Dreams, directed by Jessica Edwards (USA)
Fourth runner-up: Daughter of a Lost Bird, directed by Brooke Pepion Swaney (USA)

GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST DIRECTOR
Horacio Gomez Alcalà, Finlandia (Spain/Mexico)

First runner-up: Maryna Er Gorbach, Klondike (Ukraine/Turkey)
Second runner-up: James Morosini, I Love My Dad (USA)
Third runner-up: Dean Fleischer-Camp, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (USA)
Fourth runner-up: Zhang Yimou, One Second (China)

GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST PERFORMANCE
Dale Dickey, A Love Song (USA)

First runner-up: Patton Oswalt, I Love My Dad (USA)
Second runner-up: Javier Bardem, The Good Boss (Spain)
Third runner-up: Oxana Cherkashyna, Klondike (Ukraine/Turkey)
Fourth runner-up: Petri Poikolainen, The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic (Finland/Italy)

GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST SHORT FILM
Long Line of Ladies, directed by Reyka Zehtabchi, Shaandiin Tome (USA 2022)

First runner-up: Tank Fairy, directed by Erich Rettstadt (Taiwan 2021)
Second runner-up: Battery Daddy, directed by Seung-bae Jeon (South Korea 2021)
Third runner-up: The Ref, directed by Peter Edlund (USA 2021)
Fourth runner-up: Mimine, directed by Simon Laganière (Canada (Quebec) 2021)

LENA SHARPE AWARD FOR PERSISTENCE OF VISION
Presented by Women in Film Seattle
Sweetheart Deal, directed by Elisa Levine and Gabriel Miller (USA)

This award is given to the female director’s film that receives the most votes in public balloting at the Festival. Lena Sharpe was co-founder and managing director of Seattle’s Festival of Films by Women Directors and a KCTS-TV associate who died in a plane crash while on assignment. As a tribute to her efforts in bringing the work of women filmmakers to prominence, SIFF created this special award and asked Women in Film Seattle to bestow it.

SIFF 2022 COMPETITION AWARDS

SIFF 2022 OFFICIAL COMPETITION WINNER

GRAND JURY PRIZE
Klondike | dir. Maryna Er Gorbach (Ukraine, Turkey)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Navalny | dir. Daniel Roher (USA, Russia, Germany)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Fire of Love | dir. Sara Dosa (USA, Canada)

2022 Entries:
Fire of Love (d: Sara Dosa, USA/Canada 2022)
Flux Gourmet (d: Peter Strickland, United Kingdom/USA/Hungary 2022, North American Premiere)
Invisible Demons (d: Rahul Jain, India/Finland/Germany 2021)
Klondike (d. Maryna Er Gorbach, Ukraine/Turkey 2022)Navalny (d: Daniel Roher USA, Russia/Germany 2022)
So Damn Easy Going (d: Christoffer Sandler, Sweden 2022, North American Premiere)
Talking About the Weather (d: Annika Pinske, Germany 2022, North American Premiere)
The Territory (d: Alex Pritz Brazil, Denmark/USA 2022)
Wildhood (d: Bretten Hannam (Mi’kmaw), Canada 2021)

SIFF 2022 IBERO-AMERICAN COMPETITION

GRAND JURY PRIZE
Sublime | dir. Mariano Biasin (Argentina)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR ORIGINALITY OF VISION
The Sacred Spirit | dir. Chema García Ibarra (Spain/France/Turkey/United Kingdom)

2022 entries:
An Elephant on a Spider Web (d: Rolando Diáz, Spain 2022, World Premiere)
Finlandia (d: Horacio Alcalà, Spain/Mexico 2021)
Lullaby (d: Alauda Ruiz De Azúa, Spain 2022, North American Premiere)
Parsley (d: José María Cabral, Dominican Republic 2022)
Phantom Project (d: Roberto Doveris, Chile 2022, North American Premiere)
The Red Tree (d: Joan Gómez Endara, Colombia/Panama/France 2021, North American Premiere)
The Sacred Spirit (d: Chema García Ibarra, Spain/France/Turkey/UK 2021)
Sublime (d: Mariano Biasin, Argentina 2022)

SIFF 2022 NEW DIRECTORS COMPETITION

GRAND JURY PRIZE
Lonely Voices | dir. Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi (Italy)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Moneyboys | dir. C.B. Yi (Austria/France/Belgium/Taiwan)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Tug of War | dir. Amil Shivji (Tanzania/South Africa/Germany/Qatar)

2022 entries:
Lonely Voices (d: Andrea Brusa, Marco Scotuzzi, Italy 2022, World Premiere)
Maya Nilo (Laura) (d: Lovisa Sirén, Sweden/Finland/Belgium 2022, North American Premiere)
Moneyboys (d: C.B. Yi, Austria/France/Belgium/Taiwan 2021)
Softie (d: Samuel Theis, France 2021, US Premiere)
The Staffroom (d: Sonja Tarokić, Croatia 2021, US Premiere)
Tug of War (d: Amil Shivji, Tanzania/South Africa/Germany/Qatar 2021)
Zero Fucks Given (d: Emmanuel Marre, Julie Lecoustre, Belgium/France 2021)

SIFF 2022 NEW AMERICAN CINEMA COMPETITION

GRAND JURY PRIZE
Know Your Place | dir. Zia Mohajerjasbi (USA)

2022 Entries:
Are We Lost (d: Jenny Gage, Tom Betterton, USA 2022, World Premiere)
Hannah Ha Ha (d: Jordan Tetewsky, Joshua Pikovsky, USA 2022)
Know Your Place (d: Zia Mohajerjasbi, USA 2022, World Premiere)
Linoleum (d: Colin West, USA 2022)Warm Blood (d: Rick Charnoski, USA 2022, World Premiere)

SIFF 2022 DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

GRAND JURY PRIZE
Radiograph of a Family | dir. Firouzeh Khosrovani (Iran/Norway/Switzerland)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY
Dark Red Forest | dir. Jin Huaqing (China)

2022 Entries:
Children of the Mist (d: Hà Lệ Diễm, Vietnam 2021)
Dark Red Forest (d: Jin Huaqing, China 2021)
Kaepernick & America (d: Tommy Walker, Ross Hockrow, USA 2022, World Premiere)
The Last Shelter (d: Ousmane Samassekou, France/Mali/South Africa/Solomon Islands 2021)
Outta the Muck (d: Bhawin Suchak, Ira Mckinley, USA 2022)
Radiograph of a Family (d: Firouzeh Khosrovani, Iran/Norway/Switzerland 2020)
Riotsville, USA (d: Sierra Pettengill, USA 2022)
Sweetheart Deal (d: Elisa Levine, Gabriel Miller, USA 2022, World Premiere)

WAVEMAKER AWARD (GRAND JURY PRIZE)

The winner of the Wavemaker Award will be awarded a $1000 scholarship to the 2022 Prodigy Camp.

“She” | dir. Eva Li

SIFF 2022 SHORT FILM JURY AWARDS

LIVE ACTION SHORT

GRAND JURY PRIZE
Rachels Don’t Run | dir. Joanny Causse

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
El Carrito | dir. Zahida Pirani

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Tank Fairy | dir. Erich Rettstadt

DOCUMENTARY SHORT

GRAND JURY PRIZE
Long Line of Ladies | dir. Rayka Zehtabchi, Shaandiin Tome

ANIMATED SHORT GRAND JURY PRIZE
Love, Dad | dir. Diana Cam Van Nguyen

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN DIRECTING
Wet | dir. Marianne Bergeonneau, Lauriane Montppert, Mélina Mandon, Cloé Peyrebrune, Elvira Taussac

Image via Know Your Place

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