LAURENCE ANYWAYS wins this year’s Sarasota Film Festival Narrative Feature prize. AFTER TILLER wins Documentary Feature. The Independent Visions Prize awarded to THE DIRTIES.
The 2013 Sarasota Film Festival announced this year’s jury and audience award winners at a ceremony hosted by Cheryl Hines at the historic Sarasota Opera House. LAURENCE ANYWAYS directed by Xavier Dolan took home this year’s Narrative Feature Jury prize. AFTER TILLER directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson was the Documentary Jury Prize winner. Two special jury prizes were awarded; in the Narrative category IT FELT LIKE LOVE directed by Eliza Hittman took home a Special Jury Prize and for Documentary Feature Competition a special jury prize for direction was awarded to SURVIVAL PRAYER directed by Benjamin Greenè.
The festival's Independent Visions Award, presented by FACTORY 25, went to THE DIRTIES, directed by Matthew Johnson. THE DIRTIES has been awarded a distribution offer from FACTORY 25. In addition, the jury gave a special On Golden Pond Award for Artistic Accomplishment to THIS IS MARTIN BONNER, directed by Chad Hartigan.
This year’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature went to THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM director, Andrew Mudge.
The Audience Award for Best Documentary was presented to RUNNING WILD: THE LIFE OF DAYTON O. HYDE directed by Suzanne Mitchell.
The Best In World Cinema Audience Award went to THE ANGEL'S SHARE, directed by Ken Loach.
THIS IS NORMAL and director Derek Watson won the Audience Award for Best Short Film.
“We were thrilled with the response of our audience and partners” said President of the Sarasota Film Festival Mark Famiglio. "Our films and events continue to educate and engage. SFF has worked hard to create a national stage for films and filmmakers to come and share their vision. As the leading film festival in the Southeast we are looking forward to our 16th year.”
“It has been a true honor to host these amazing artists at our festival,” said Festival Director Tom Hall. “The goal of our festival is to connect the world of cinema with our community and this year’s film program is testament to the power of movies to inspire and move us.”
Congratulations to the 2013 winners of The Sarasota Film Festival Awards:
Narrative Feature Competition Winner
Director - Xavier Dolan
Narrative Feature Competition
Special Jury Prize for Creative Achievement
IT FELT LIKE LOVE
Director - Eliza Hittman
Documentary Feature Competition
Director - Martha Shane and Lana Wilson
Documentary Feature Competition
Special Jury Prize For Direction
Director - Benjamin Greenè
Independent Vision Prize Winners
Independent Vision Prize
Director - Matthew Johnson
The On Golden Pond Award for Artistic Accomplishment
THIS IS MARTIN BONNER
Director - Chad Hartigan
Best Narrative Feature
THE FORGOTTEN KINGDOM
Director - Andrew Mudge
Best Documentary Feature
RUNNING WILD: THE LIFE OF DAYTON O. HYDE
Director - Suzanne Mitchell
Best Short Film
THIS IS NORMAL
Director - Derek Watson
Best In World Cinema
THE ANGEL'S SHARE
Director - Ken Loach
Joshua Rothkopf – Time Out New York/ Chair, The New York Film Critics Circle
Miranda Siegel – New York Magazine
Alicia Van Couvering – Filmmaker Magazine, Producer TINY FURNITURE
Drew Taylor – Associate Features Editor The Playlist/Indiewire
Donna Freydkin – Entertainment Writer USA Today
Nick Dawson - Managing Editor - Filmmaker
Matt Grady - Founder, Factory 25
Alex Ross Perry - Director, THE COLOR WHEEL
Michael Tully - Editor in Chief, Hammer to Nail /Director SEPTIEN
Chris Wells - Curator, The IFC Center/ Writer, Mubi.com
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 15th 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.