‘White God,’ ‘Walking Under Water,’ ‘Lamb’ Win Big At Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival announced the big winners for this year’s jury and audience awards. Kornel Mundruczo’s White God (pictured) was picked by a jury for the Narrative Feature Award while the Documentary Feature Award went to Eliza Kubarska’s Walking Under Water. The sought-after Independent Visions award went to Ross Partridge’s Lamb. The Shorts Jury honored Charlotte in the Narrative Competition, Boxeodora in Documentary and World of Tomorrow in Animation.

The honors were announced at the Closing Night ceremony at the Sarasota Film Festival. The festival also gave out previously announced awards, including the Impact Award for actress Blythe Danner, the Dramatic Storytelling in Documentary Award to Brand director Ondi Timoner, the Emerging World Cinema Auteur Award to Tom Browne and the Polly Platt Award for Producing to Lynda Obst. Charles E. Williams, who oversaw the student team in charge of this year’s Newtown at 100 documentary, also received the Poitier Family Award.

Read the full SFF press release, including special jury awards and audience awards for other filmmakers, below the fold.

The 2015 Sarasota Film Festival announced this year’s jury and audience award winners at a ceremony at the historic Sarasota Opera House. Kornel Mundruczo’s Cannes award-winning White God took home this year’s Narrative Feature Jury prize. Walking Under Water, directed by Eliza Kubarska, was the Documentary Jury Prize winner. Actors Blythe Danner, Jane Seymour and Rachel Weisz were among this year’s festival attendees.

Four special jury prizes were awarded; in the Narrative Feature Competition category, Radiator directed by Tom Browne took home two Special Jury Prizes, one for Excellence in Acting to Gemma Jones and one for Excellence in Production Design to Sarah Kane. In the Documentary Feature Competition category, a Special Jury Prize was awarded to Almost There, directed by Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden, for complex hands-on storytelling. A second Special Jury Prize for Artistic Portraiture was awarded to Scott Teems’ Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey.

The festival’s Independent Visions Award, presented by FACTORY 25, went to Lamb, directed by Ross Partridge. In addition, the jury gave a Best Ensemble Cast Award to Uncertain Terms, directed by Nathan Silver, and an Excellence in Cinematography Award to Adam Ginsberg for Tired Moonlight.

The festival’s Shorts Jury awarded Angel Kristi Williams’ Charlotte for their Narrative Competition, Meg Smaker’sBoxeadora for their Documentary Competition, and Don Hertzfeldt’s World of Tomorrow their Animation Competition.

The Terry Porter Visionary Award went to Khalik Allah for Field Niggas, and the Tangerine Juice Award went to Maya Vitkova for Viktoria.

This year’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature was The End of the Tour, directed by James Ponsoldt.

The Audience Award for Best Documentary was presented to The Surgery Ship, directed by Madeleine Hetherton.

The Best in World Cinema Audience Award went to The Connection, directed by Cédric Jimenez.

Pony and director Candice Carella won the Audience Award for Best Short Film.

“We had a very competitive line up this year.  It is an honor for us to award and spotlight these talented filmmakers for the 17th installment of our festival,” said Mark Famiglio, President of the Sarasota Film Festival. “These films thrive on genuine passion and ambition, which is a sentiment we truly capitalize on at the Sarasota Film Festival.  We continue to lay the groundwork and look forward to many more engaging and exciting years ahead.”

Congratulations to the 2015 winners of The Sarasota Film Festival Awards:

 

Narrative Feature Competition Winner

White God

Director – Kornél Mundruczó

Narrative Feature Competition

Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Acting

Radiator

Actor – Gemma Jones

Director – Tom Browne

Narrative Feature Competition

Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Production Design

Radiator

Production Designer – Sarah Kane

Director – Tom Browne

Documentary Feature Competition Winner

Walking Under Water

Director – Eliza Kubarska

Documentary Feature Competition

Special Jury Prize for Complex Hands-on Storytelling

Almost There

Directors – Dan Rybicky and Aaron Wickenden

Documentary Feature Competition

Special Jury Prize for Artistic Portraiture

Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey

Director – Scott Teems

Independent Visions Competition Winner

Presented by Factory 25

Lamb

Director – Ross Partridge

Independent Visions

Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Cast

Uncertain Terms

Director – Nathan Silver

Independent Visions

Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Cinematography

Tired Moonlight

Cinematographer – Adam Ginsberg

Shorts Narrative Competition

Charlotte

Director – Angel Kristi Williams

Shorts Documentary Competition

Boxeadora

Director – Meg Smaker

Shorts Animation Competition

World of Tomorrow

Director – Don Hertzfeldt

Audience Award Winner

Best Narrative Feature

The End of the Tour

Director – James Ponsoldt

Audience Award Winner

Best Documentary Feature

The Surgery Ship

Director – Madeleine Hetherton

Audience Award Winner

Best Short Film

Pony

Director – Candice Carella

Audience Award Winner

Best in World Cinema

The Connection

Director – Cédric Jimenez

The Jurors

Narrative Feature

David Edelstein – Chief Film Critic, New York Magazine

Louis Black – Co-founder of SXSW and Austin Chronicle

Ilyse McKimme – Lab Director of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program

Documentary Feature

Steve Dollar – Feature Film Writer, Wall Street Journal

Maureen Masters – Director of Regional Publicity, Magnolia Pictures

Jess Weixler – Actor, APARTMENT TROUBLES

Independent Visions

Matt Grady – Founder, Factory 25

Regina Weinreich – Feature Film Writer, The Huffington Post

Alicia Witt – Actress and singer/songwriter

Shorts

Leah Meyerhoff – Director (Student Academy Award Winner)
Robin Fryday – Director (Academy Award nominee)
Emily Best – Producer, Founder of Seed & Spark

ABOUT THE SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL

Held annually in Sarasota, FL, The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 180 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. Entering our 17th year, we’re proud to bring the best new and veteran independent filmmakers to our Festival with local and kid-friendly programs that showcase our idyllic Gulf Coast community.

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