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
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.