Now in its 30th year, SBIFF announced its 2015 awards winners Saturday morning. Jurors were director and cinematographer Will Eubank, director Peter Chelsom, producer Chaz Ebert, actors Anthony and Arnette Zerbe, composer/lyricist Adam Guettel, actor James Read, SBIFF founder Phyllis de Picciotto, director/actor Perry Lang and producer Mimi deGruy.
Highlights include the fest’s first-ever Santa Barbara Features Award, which went to the documentary “Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey” about renowned character actor Hal Holbrook; Panavision Spirit Award-winning “Bang Bang Baby” director Jeffrey St. Jules, who receives a $60,000 camera package; Social Justice Award-winning “A Snake Gives Birth to a Snake,” a stirring documentary on war-torn South Africa, and more.
From January 27 to February 7, Santa Barbara presented eclectic international films, including premieres and fresh-off-the-circuit titles, 2015 Oscar nominees including “Keep on Keepin’ on” and “Tangerines,” and a series of career-spanning tributes to Oscar-nominated talents.
Here’s the full list of winners:
The Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema: “Bang Bang Baby” (US Premiere), directed by Jeffrey St. Jules
Audience Award: “Hip Hop-eration” (US Premiere), directed by Bryn Evans
Best International Film Award: Belgium’s “All Cats Are Grey” (US Premiere), directed by Savina Dellicour
Best Documentary Film Award: “Children of the Arctic” (US Premiere), Switzerland, directed by Nick Brandestini.
Nueva Vision Award: “Happy Times” (US Premiere), from Mexico, directed by Luis Javier M. Henaine
Eastern European Film Award: “Monument to Michael Jackson” (US Premiere), directed by Darko Lungulov
Santa Barbara Features Award: “Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey” directed by Scott Teems
Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes: “The Answers” directed by Michael Goode
Bruce Corwin Award for Best Animation Short Film: “Load” from Israel, directed by Niv Shpigel and Robert Moreno.
Documentary Short Films: “Life After Pi” directed by Scott Leberecht
The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award: “A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake” (US Premiere), directed by Michael Lessac