|Celebrities at SIFF this year included Chris Pine for the U.S. Premiere of his latest film, PEOPLE LIKE US, Dennis Haysbert (THE DETAILS), Eric Mabius (PRICE CHECK), Elliot Gould (IRA FINKELSTEIN’S CHRISTMAS), Melanie Lynskey (HELLO I MUST BE GOING), and Jason Biggs for the World Premiere of his Seattle-based film, GRASSROOTS, directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal, which closed out the festival.
SIFF 2012 Competition Awards:
SIFF 2012 Best New Director
Grand Jury Prize – Nicolas Provost, THE INVADER (Belgium, 2011)
Jury Statement: First we would like to thank the Seattle International Film Festival for hosting us here and presenting a selection of exciting new work from around the world. And our congratulations to all the filmmakers in the competition. In considering this as the New Directors prize we asked ourselves a simple question, from whom are we now most eagerly anticipating the next film, which director has us most excited about what she or he does in the future? And for us that was unanimously Nicolas Provost, director of THE INVADER.
Creating a sleek, dangerous underworld out of a cold, Belgian cityscape, Provost goes against the grain of a typical immigrant’s story with this bracing, enigmatic tale full of dark mysteries. Also showing an eye for casting, Provost’s discovery of actor Issaka Sawadogo displayed an ability to get the performer and performance his vision needed. From the film’s opening titles to its dreamy ending, Provost’s use of cinematography, editing, sound and emotionally resonant locations announce him as a total filmmaker and someone to follow. We indeed look forward to whatever he does next.
The New Directors Competition jury is comprised of Winnie Lau, Fortissimo Films; Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times; and Michael Tuckman, mTuckman media.
SIFF 2012 Best Documentary
Grand Jury Prize – FIVE STAR EXISTENCE, directed by Sonja Lindén (Finland, 2011)
Jury Statement: The Grand Jury prize for Best Documentary is awarded to FIVE STAR EXISTENCE. In our modern age of pervasive technology, almost anyone can understand the all consuming relationship of man to machine. Director Sonja Linden examines this ambitious theme, creating a thought provoking documentary that resonated with the jury for its challenging ideas achieved through stunning visuals, evocative sound design and calculated storytelling. This is a film that should be seen by any modern audience as it helps to explain our increasing and perhaps pathological dependence on devices. The film is overflowing with big ideas and poses questions worthy of examination, but never provides easy answers. Prepare to be challenged.
The Documentary jury is comprised of Kathy McDonald, Variety; Rob Williams, Indomina Media; and Dan Berger, Oscilloscope Films.
SIFF 2012 FIPRESCI Prize for Best New American Film
FIPRESCI Prize – WELCOME TO PINE HILL, directed by Keith Miller (USA, 2012)
Jury Statement: The FIPRESCI Critics Jury at the 2012 Seattle International Film Festival has awarded its prize to Keith Miller’s independent American film WELCOME TO PINE HILL. Despite being Miller’s first feature, the movie shows a stylistic maturity and attention to detail that would be noteworthy in the work of the most seasoned directors. WELCOME TO PINE HILL is a film of heartbreak and restraint, social observation and individualized investigation. The remarkable Shannon Harper plays an insurance adjuster who has put a criminal past behind him, only to discover that he has no future ahead of him. Miller follows Harper as he settles accounts and gives one last, long look at the world he has known and will never see again. It is that rare work of art the really does discover the universal in the particular.
The FIPRESCI jury is comprised of members of the International Federation of Film Critics: Emma Gray Munthe, Sweden; Pascal Grenier, Canada; and Henry Sheehan, U.S.
SIFF 2012 Golden Space Needle Audience Awards
Best Film Golden Space Needle Award – ANY DAY NOW, directed by Travis Fine (USA, 2012)
First runner-up: EDEN, directed by Megan Griffiths (USA, 2012)
Second runner-up: STARBUCK, directed by Ken Scott (Canada (Québec), 2011)
Third runner-up: SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED, directed by Colin Trevorrow (USA, 2012)
Fourth runner-up: THE CHEF, directed by Daniel Cohen (France, 2012)
Rounding out the top ten: THE INTOUCHABLES (directed by Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache, France, 2011); FAT KID RULES THE WORLD (directed by Matthew Lillard, USA, 2012); MOONRISE KINGDOM (directed by Wes Anderson, USA, 2012); IRA FINKELSTEIN’S CHRISTMAS (directed by Sue Corcoran, USA, 2012); RECALLED (directed by Michael Connors, USA 2012)
Best Documentary Golden Space Needle Award – THE INVISIBLE WAR, directed by Kirby Dick (USA, 2012)
First runner-up: THE OTHER DREAM TEAM, directed by Marius Markevicius (Lithuania, 2012)
Second runner-up: CHASING ICE, directed by Jeff Orlowski (USA, 2012)
Third runner-up: ETHEL, directed by Rory Kennedy (USA, 2012)
Fourth runner-up: THE LONG RIDE HOME, directed by Thomas Wright (USA, 2012)
Rounding out the top ten: UNDER AFRICAN SKIES (directed by Joe Berlinger, USA, 2012); MARINA ABRAMOVIC THE ARTIST IS PRESENT (directed by Matthew Akers and Jeff Dupre, USA, 2012); CHARLES BRADLEY: SOUL OF AMERICA (directed by Poull Brien, USA, 2012); THE SAVOY KING: CHICK WEBB AND THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED AMERICA (directed by Jeff Kaufman, USA, 2012); AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (directed by Allison Klayman, USA, 2012)
Best Director Golden Space Needle Award – Benh Zeitlin, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (USA, 2012)
First runner-up: Wes Anderson, MOONRISE KINGDOM (USA, 2012)
Second runner-up: Megan Griffiths, EDEN (USA, 2012)
Third runner-up: Rasit Çelikezer, ÇAN (Turkey, 2011)
Fourth runner-up: Mohammad Rasoulof, GOODBYE (Iran, 2011)
Rounding out the top ten: Colin Trevorrow, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (USA, 2012); Travis Fine, ANY DAY NOW (USA, 2012); Nacho Vigalondo, EXTRATERRESTRIAL (Spain, 2011); Lisa Ohlin, SIMON AND THE OAKS (Sweden, 2011); Michael Conners, RECALLED (USA, 2012)
Best Actor Golden Space Needle Award – Alan Cumming, ANY DAY NOW (USA, 2012)
First runner-up: Matt O’Leary, EDEN (USA, 2012)
Second runner-up: Omar Sy, THE INTOUCHABLES (France, 2011)
Third runner-up: Berkan Demirbag, ÇAN (Turkey, 2011)
Fourth runner-up: Mark Duplass, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (USA, 2012)
Rounding out the top ten: German de Silva, LAS ACACIAS (Argentina, 2011); Anders Danielson Lie, OSLO, AUGUST 31st ((Norway, 2011); Chris Pine, PEOPLE LIKE US (USA, 2012); Thomas Schubert, BREATHING (Austria, 2011); Bill Skarsgård, SIMON AND THE OAKS (Sweden, 2011)
Best Actress Golden Space Needle Award – Jamie Chung, EDEN (USA, 2012)
First runner-up: Olympia Dukakis, CLOUDBURST (Canada, 2011)
Second runner-up: Quvenzhané Wallis, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (USA, 2012)
Third runner-up: Gaite Jansen, 170HZ (Netherlands, 2011)
Fourth runner-up: Selen Uçer, CAN (Turkey, 2011)
Rounding out the top ten: Michelle Williams, TAKE THIS WALTZ (Canada, 2011); Leila Zare GOODBYE (Iran, 2011); Aubrey Plaza, SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED (USA, 2012); Charlotte Rampling, THE EYE OF THE STORM (Australia, 2011); Laura Linney, THE DETAILS (USA, 2011)
Best Short Film Golden Space Needle Award – CATCAM, directed by Seth Keal (USA, 2012)
First runner-up: ASAD, directed by Bryan Buckley (South Africa/ USA, 2011)
Second runner-up: FRESH GUACAMOLE, directed by Pes (USA, 2012)
Third runner-up: HELLO CALLER, directed by Andrew Putschoegl (USA, 2011)
Fourth runner-up: COFFEE and PIE, directed by Douglas Horn (USA, 2011)
Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision, Presented by Women in Film/Seattle
Reel NW Award presented by KCTS 9
Reel NW Award – EDEN, directed by Megan Griffiths (USA, 2012)
Jury Statement: From the assured vision of its director to the committed performances by its cast, this film displays strong cinematic craftsmanship. Unpredictable and therefore truly suspenseful, Eden explores a largely unknown issue with sensitivity and without preaching. In short, this is a powerful story that delivers on all levels. We’re very proud to recognize Eden with this Award.
The Reel NW jury is comprised of Scilla Andreen, IndieFlix; Randy Brinson, KCTS 9; and Robert Horton, Everett Herald.
SIFF 2012 FutureWave and Youth Jury Awards
Youth Jury Award for Best FutureWave Feature
SIN BIN, directed by Billy Federighi (USA, 2012)
Jury Statement: For being a unique re-imagining of a classic coming-of-age comedy with quirky style and a witty, quotable script.
Youth Jury Award for Best Films4Families Feature
THE GREAT BEAR, directed by Esben Toft Jacobsen (Denmark, 2011)
WaveMaker Award for Excellence in Youth Filmmaking (Grand Jury Prize)
BEFORE THE MUSIC ENDS, directed by Ashley Armitage and Gina Mattassa (USA, 2012)
WaveMaker Special Jury Prize
THIS IS MY LIFE, BROTHER, directed by Jawara Drigo (USA, 2011)
FutureWave Shorts Audience Award
143, directed by Mariana Emmanuelli (Puerto Rico, 2011)
SIFF 2012 Short Film Jury Awards
Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short – THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF ROCKY, directed by Kevin Meul (Belgium, 2011)
Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short – PARADISE, directed by Nadav Kurtz (USA, 2012)
Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated Short – ZERGUT, directed by Natasha Subramaniam and Alisa Lapidus (USA, 2011)
The Short Film jury is comprised of Anna Sampers, Programmer, Milwaukee Film Festival; Eliaichi Kimaro, filmmaker, A Lot Like You; and Alonso Duralde, Senior Programmer, Outfest.