"Swimmers," "True Story," and Khrzhanovsky Win Top Awards at Seattle International Fest
by Eugene Hernandez
The 31st Seattle International Film Festival closed Sunday night in Washington State with the North American premiere of Gus Van Sant's "Last Days" and the presentation of this year's awards.
Doug Sadler won the Grand Jury Prize for best New American Film for "Swimmers," while Walter Stokman's "Based on a True Story" won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary. Ilya Khrzhanovsky, from Russia, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best New Director at this year's fest for the film "4."
The Golden Space Needle audience award for best picture went to Luis Mandoki for "Innocent Voices," with the runner-up in voting being Hayao Miyazaki's "Howl's Moving Castle." Henry-Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro's "Murderball" won the Golden Space Needle award for best documentary; the runner-up was Luc Jacquet's "The March of the Penguins." Gregg Araki won the Space Needle award for "Mysterious Skin."
"SIFF 2005 was a fantastic year and we are ecstatic to see the success of the festival continue to grow and to again have such wonderful support city-wide. We truly live in a world class film city and are extremely proud to host this festival and bring the best and newest in cinema annually to Seattle," said Carl Spence, SIFF Director of Programming, in a statement.
Nearly 350 films screened at the 2005 Seattle International Film Festival, running for 25 days in the Pacific Northwest. The festival showcased 10 World, 18 North American and 10 U.S. Premieres this year.
[indieWIRE will publish Brandon Judell's festival wrap from Seattle later this week.]
The complete list of winners follows:
- Grand Jury Prize, Best New Director:
Ilya Khrzhanovsky, "4" (Russia)
- Special Jury Prize, Best New Director:
Brad McGann, "In My Father's Den" (New Zealand)
- Grand Jury Prize, Best New American Film:
"Swimmers," directed by Doug Sadler
- Special Jury Prize, Best New American Film:
"Ellie Parker," directed by Scott Coffey
- Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary:
"Based on a True Story," directed by Walter Stokman (Netherlands)
- Special Jury Prize, Best Documentary:
"Trudell," directed by Heather Rae (US)
- Grand Jury Prize, Best Live Action Short:
"Everything In This Country Must," directed by Gary McKendry (UK)
- Grand Jury Prize, Best Animated Short:
"The Raftman's Razor," directed by Keith Bearden (US)
- Special Jury Prizes for Best Short:
"Can't Stop Breathing," directed by Amy Neil (Scotland)
"Phantom Limb," directed by Jay Rosenblatt (US)
"La Vie D'Un Chien," directed by John Harden (US)
GOLDEN SPACE NEEDLE AWARDS
- Golden Space Needle Award for Best Picture:
"Innocent Voices" (Mexico) directed by Luis Mandoki
- Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary:
"Murderball" (USA) directed by Henry-Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
- Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director:
Gregg Araki, "Mysterious Skin" (USA)
- Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actress:
Joan Allen, "Yes" (USA)
- Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "Mysterious Skin" (USA)
- Golden Space Needle Award for Best Short:
"The Raftman's Razor" (USA) directed by Keith Bearden
- Women in Cinema Lena Sharpe Award:
"After Innocence," directed by Jessica Sanders
- Inaugural Seattle Filmmakers Award:
Sean Kirby, Cinematographer: "The Gits" and "Police Beat"