Every spring for 40 years now Seattle plays host to a sprawling marathon festival. This year’s 25-day iteration (May 15 to June 8) boasted 452 films from 83 countries, the usual eclectic mix of world premieres (20 features), festival favorites from other festivals (John Ridley’s opening gala film “Jimi: All Is By My Side” and closer “The One I Love,” starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass), original music performances (jazzman Justin Kauflin), tributes (Laura Dern, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Quincy Jones), local filmmakers (Lynn Shelton, John Jeffcoat) and panels (I participated in lively discussions of film criticism and indie distribution). Marking a festival record, SIFF imported more than 350 filmmakers, actors, and industry folks to the city.
Nearly 90,000 audience ballots were submitted for the Golden Space Needle audience awards in five categories, which were swept handily by Richard Linklater’s epic “Boyhood.” It won Best Film, Director, and Actress (Patricia Arquette)–on the long road to more awards to come.
Young Australian filmmaker Alan Hicks’ moving documentary “Keep On Keepin’ On,” about the last years of acclaimed jazz trumpeter Clark Terry, won Best Documentary; it was accompanied by a concert from his young protege, blind pianist Justin Kauflin, who has also been mentored by tributee Quincy Jones, who supported the documentary.
Actor Dawid Ogrodnik from Polish crowdpleaser “Life Feels Good” and Short Film “Fool’s Day” also took home audience awards.
Among the competition jury prizes, Spanish filmmaker Carlos Marques-Marcet’s feature “10,000KM,” Colombian documentary “Marmato,” and feature “Red Knot” earned the top awards.
Full list of awards below:
GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST FILM
Boyhood, directed by Richard Linklater (USA 2014)
First runner-up: Life Feels Good, directed by Maciej Pieprzyca (Poland 2013)
Second runner-up: How to Train Your Dragon 2, directed by Dean DeBlois (USA 2014)
Third runner-up: The Fault in Our Stars, directed by Josh Boone (USA 2014)
Fourth runner-up: Big in Japan, directed by John Jeffcoat (USA 2014)
GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST DOCUMENTARY
Keep On Keepin’ On, directed by Alan Hicks (USA 2014)
First runner-up: Alive Inside: A Story of Music & Memory, directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett (USA 2014)
Second runner-up: I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story, directed by Dave LaMattina, Chad Walker (USA 2014)
Third runner-up: Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble, directed by Isaac Olsen (USA 2014)
Fourth runner-up: The Case Against 8, directed by Ben Cotner, Ryan White (USA 2014)
GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater, Boyhood (USA 2014)
First runner-up: Maciej Pieprzyca, Life Feels Good (Poland 2013)
Second runner-up: Zaza Urushadze, Tangerines (Estonia/Georgia 2013)
Third runner-up: Pawel Pawlikowski, Ida (Poland 2013)
Fourth runner-up: Sara Colangelo, Little Accidents (USA 2014)
GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST ACTOR
Dawid Ogrodnik, Life Feels Good (Poland 2013)
First runner-up: Guillaume Gallienne, Me, Myself and Mum (Belgium/France/Spain 2013)
Second runner-up: Matt Smith, My Last Year With the Nuns (USA 2014)
Third runner-up: Felix Bossuet, Belle & Sebastien (France 2013)
Fourth runner-up: Igor Samobor, Class Enemy (Slovenia 2013)
GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood (USA 2014)
First runner-up: Juliette Binoche, 1,000 Times Good Night (Norway 2013)
Second runner-up: Agata Kulesza, Ida (Poland 2013)
Third runner-up: Jenny Slate, Obvious Child (USA 2014)
Fourth runner-up: Jördis Triebel, West (Germany 2013)
GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARD – BEST SHORT FILM
Fool’s Day, directed by Cody Blue Snider (USA 2013)
First runner-up: The Hero Pose, directed by Mischa Jakupcak (USA 2013)
Second runner-up: Strings, directed by Pedro Solis (Spain 2013)
Third runner-up: Mr. Invisible, directed by Greg Ash (United Kingdom 2014)
Fourth runner-up: Aban + Khorshid, directed by Darwin Serink (USA 2014)
LENA SHARPE AWARD FOR PERSISTENCE OF VISION
Bound: Africans Versus African Americans, directed by Peres Owino (USA 2014)
This award is given to the female director’s film that receives the most votes in public balloting at the Festival. Lena Sharpe was co-founder and managing director of Seattle’s Festival of Films by Women Directors and a KCTS-TV associate who died in a plane crash while on assignment. As a tribute to her efforts in bringing the work of women filmmakers to prominence, SIFF created this special award and asked Women in Film Seattle to bestow it.
SIFF 2014 COMPETITION AWARDS
SIFF announced three Competition Awards for Best New Director, Best Documentary, and Best New American Film (FIPRESCI). Winners in the juried New Director and Documentary competition each received $2,500 in cash, while the New American Cinema competition winner was awarded a copy of Adobe Creative Suite 6: Production Premium edition in addition to the FIPRESCI prize.
SIFF 2014 BEST NEW DIRECTOR
GRAND JURY PRIZE
10,000KM,directed by Carlos Marques-Marcet (Spain/USA 2014)
JURY STATEMENT: Our unanimous winner is Carlos Marques-Marcet’s 10,000KM for its ability to simply and creatively convey the complexity and fragility of human relationships with gorgeous attention to detail.
SPECIAL JURY MENTION
B For Boy, directed by Chika Anadu (Nigeria 2013)
JURY STATEMENT: Our special jury mention goes to B For Boy’s director Chika Anadu for her assured and fierce storytelling.
Festival programmers select 12 films remarkable for their original concept, striking style, and overall excellence. To be eligible, films must be a director’s first or second feature and without U.S. distribution at the time of their selection. The New Directors Jury is comprised of Ron Leamon (costume designer), Sharon Swart (journalist), and Helen du Toit (Artistic Director, Palm Springs International Film Festival).
SIFF 2014 BEST DOCUMENTARY (jury: Brian Brooks of FilmLinc.com, Claudia Puig of USA Today, and Pat Saperstein of Variety)
GRAND JURY PRIZE
Marmato, directed by Mark Grieco (Colombia/USA 2014)
JURY STATEMENT: We give the documentary prize to Marmato. With courage and ambition, director Mark Grieco artfully brings to life a personal story with global significance and provides a window into a world that few would have access to.
SPECIAL JURY MENTIONS
Dior and I, directed by Frédéric Tcheng (France 2014) and Garden Lovers, directed by Virpi Suutari (Finland 2014)
SIFF 2014 BEST NEW AMERICAN CINEMA (jury: three members of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), Juan Manuel Dominguez, Gerald Peary, and Amber Wilkinson.)
GRAND JURY PRIZE
Red Knot, directed by Scott Cohen (USA/Argentina/Antarctica 2014)
JURY STATEMENT: An ethnographic journey to the South Pole becomes an unsettling tale of fumbled love and transcendent redemption, capped by an extraordinary performance from Olivia Thirlby.
Festival programmers select 12 films without U.S. distribution that are sure to delight audiences looking to explore the exciting vanguard of New American Cinema and compete for the FIPRESCI Award for Best New American Film.
YOUTH JURY AWARD FOR BEST FUTUREWAVE FEATURE
GRAND JURY PRIZE
Dear White People, directed by Justin Simien (USA)
JURY STATEMENT: For skillfully using humor as a vehicle for social awareness, breaking the mold of traditional cinematic archetypes, and unifying audiences of all backgrounds.
YOUTH JURY AWARD FOR BEST FILMS4FAMILIES FEATURE
GRAND JURY PRIZE
Belle & Sebastien, directed by Nicolas Vanier (France)
JURY STATEMENT: For its realistic characters, beautiful scenery and cinematography, and strong, touching theme of friendship through hard times.
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang, directed by Óskar Santos (Spain)
JURY STATEMENT: For being a funny, adventurous story about the importance of creativity in children’s lives.
FUTUREWAVE WAVEMAKER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN YOUTH FILMMAKING
GRAND JURY PRIZE
Malone Lumarda, Black Rock Creek (USA)
JURY STATEMENT: For its gentle depiction of a young girl exploring her natural surroundings that was both captivating and realistic.
FUTUREWAVE SHORTS AUDIENCE AWARD
While We’re Asleep, directed by Summer Matthews (USA)
FUTUREWAVE PRODIGY CAMP SCHOLARSHIP
Khidr Joseph, Clapping for the Wrong Reasons (USA)