‘Men & Chicken,”Cameraperson,’ ‘Ma’ Big Winners at Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival announced winners in its major juried categories for 2016. Men & Chicken won the Narrative Feature Jury Prize, while Cameraperson won the Documentary Jury Prize. Meanwhile, Ma took the Independent Visions Award, which comes with a distribution deal from Factory 25. The top award for Animated Shorts went to The Itching, Killer won Narrative Short and My Aleppo won Documentary Short.

Read a full list of awards, including special jury awards, audience awards and other recognitions, below the fold:

Narrative Feature Competition Winner
MEN & CHICKEN (pictured above), Director – Anders Thomas Jensen

Narrative Feature Competition – Special Jury Prize

NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTHDirector – Clément Cogitore

MOUNTAIN – Performance award, Actor – Shani Klein

Documentary Feature Competition


Special Jury Prize  – Unprecedented Look at Politics in Crisis.

WEINER, Director – Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

Independent Vision Prize Winners

MAMA , Director – Celia Rowlson-Hall

Independent Visions Special Jury Prize Outstanding Performance Award

FIRST GIRL I LOVE – Dylan Gelula

SOME BEASTS – Frank Mosley

Independent Visions Special Jury Prize “Clarity of Vision Award”

EMBERS – Charles Spano and Claire Carré

Animated Shorts Competition

THE ITCHING, Director – Dianne Bellino.

Narrative Short Competition

KILLER, Director – Matt Kazman  

Documentary Short Competition

MY ALEPPO, Director – Melissa Langer.

Shorts Special Mention

IN DEEP WATERS, Director – Sara Van Den Boom

PINK BOY, Director- Eric Rocky.


Audience Awards

Best Narrative Feature

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, Director – Jeff Nichols

Best Narrative Feature – Finalists

FIRST GIRL I LOVED – Director – Kerem Sanga

THE SEEKER – Jeff Johnson

Best Documentary Feature

MISS SHARON JONES!, Director – Barbara Kopple

Best Documentary Feature – Finalists

UNLOCKING THE CAGE  – D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus

THE WITNESS – James Solomon

Best Short Film

THE GNOMIST – Director Sharon Liese

Best Short Film – Finalists

ON BEAUTY – Director Joanna Rudnick


Best In World Cinema

SONITA – Director Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Best In World Cinema – Finalists

MOUNTAIN – Director Yaelle Kayam

BETWEEN SEA AND LAND – Director Carlos del Castillo

Best Florida Film

MONTY COMES BACK – Director Thomas John Nudi

Best Florida Film – Finalists

COLBY – Director Jake Fuller and Alex Markman

THE GUYS NEXT DOOR – Director Amy Gellar

Juice Award

EMBERS, Director – Claire Carré


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