By Leslie C. Halpern
The 28th Annual Florida Film Festival, produced by Enzian Theater with primary sponsor Full Sail University, concluded on April 21 after showcasing 184 feature and short films from 41 countries during the 10-day event.
Winners of the American Independent Competition and The Female Filmmaker to Watch award were announced on Saturday, April 20 at the Awards Bash held at Oliver’s Classic Cars in Winter Park, Florida.
- Audience Award for Best Midnight Short. Chowboys: An American Folktale. Directed by Astron-6
- Special Jury Award for Innovative Storytelling. Technology Lake: Meditations on Death and Sex. Directed by Brandon Daley
- Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short. Las Del Diente. Directed by Ana Perez Lopez
- Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short. Lockdown. Directed by Celine Held and Logan George
- Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short. Departing Gesture. Directed by Brian Bolster and Jonathan Napolitano
- Audience Award for Best Short Film. The Next Edition. Directed by Alice Li and Whitney Shefte.
Documentary Features Winners
- Special Jury Award for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking. The Interpreters. Directed by Andres Caballero and Sofian Khan
- Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature. Kifaru. Directed by David Hambridge
- Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature. Roll Red Roll. Directed by Nancy Schwartzman.
Narrative Features Winners
- Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance. Tayler Buck in Princess of the Row. Directed by Van Maximilian Carlson
- Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. Postal. Directed by Tyler Falbo
- Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature. Chained for Life. Directed by Aaron Schimberg.
- Audience Award for Best International Feature. Yomeddine (Egypt/Austria/USA). Directed by Abu Bakr Shawky
- Audience Award for Best International Short. Nefta Football Club (France/Tunisia). Directed by Yves Piat.
Female Filmmaker to Watch Award
- Presented by Chloe Wine Collection to Alix Lambert. Director of Edge of Daybreak and Prison Zoo.
For complete information about the Festival visit the official website.
Leslie C. Halpern is the author of Scantily Clad Truths: Essays on Life with Clothes (and without) and 200 Love Lessons from the Movies.