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"We Go Way Back" and "Empire in Africa" and "Sasquatch" Among Top Slamdance Film Festival Winners

A scene from Lynn Shelton's "We Go Way Back," which took the Slamdance Film Festival's Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature Friday night in Park City. Image courtesy of the Slamdance Film Festival.


The Slamdance Film Festival unveiled its winners Friday night with Lynn Shelton's "We Go Way Back," receiving the fest's Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature, and "Empire In Africa," directed by Philippe Diaz, taking the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary. Slamdance announced winners in over twenty categories.


"We Go Way Back" tells the story of Kate, an actress who confronts her 13-year-old self in an effort to win back her bearings and boundaries, which were lost during her adolescence. The film is "a sly and tender depiction of one young woman's journey of self-rediscovery," accroding to Slamdance. The film also won the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography. Doc winner "Empire in Africa" chronicles an "unjust war the international community waged against civil war-stricken Sierra Leone."



The complete list of Jury Award winners:


Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature: "We Go Way Back," written/directed by Lynn Shelton


Special Jury Recognition: "The Guatemalan Handshakei," written/directed by Todd Rohal


Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature: "Empire In Africa," directed by Philippe Diaz


Special Jury Recognition for Best Documentary Feature: "Forgiving Dr. Mengele," directed by Bob Hercules and Cheri Pugh


Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short: "The Saviour," directed Peter Templeman


Special Jury Recognition for Narrative Short: "The Devil," directed by Tomasz Szafranski


Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short: "Under The Roller Coaster," directed by Lila Place


Special Jury Recognition for Documentary Short: "Grand Luncheonette," directed by Peter Sillen


Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated Short: "Dragon," directed by Troy Morgan


Special Jury Recognition for Best Film Screening Out of Competition: "Neo Ned," directed by Van Fischer



Audience Award winners:


Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: "The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang," written/directed by Tim Skousen


Audience Sparky Award for Best Documentary Feature: "Abduction: The Megumi Yakota Story," directed by Chris Sheridan and Patty Kim, written by Patty Kim



Other Prizes:


The Spirit of Slamdance Award for Best Gallery Short: "Hiro," directed by Matthew Swanson


Sparky Award for Global Anarchy: "My Mom and Dad," directed by Andrew Brotzman


Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography: "We Go Way Back," written/directed by Lynn Shelton.

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