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iW NEWS | “Garden” Leads SILVERDOCS Winners

iW NEWS | "Garden" Leads SILVERDOCS Winners

SILVERDOCS: AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival announced its award winners Sunday, culminating the weeklong Festival activities that included screening 108 films representing 63 countries. Winning filmmakers received over $70,000 in combined cash and in-kind prizes. The Audience Award winners will be announced Monday. SILVERDOCS Sterling Award for a US Feature went to Scott Hamilton Kennedy‘s “The Garden.” The director will receive $10,000 cash and $5,000 in film stock from Kodak. This year’s inaugural SILVERDOCS Sterling Award for a World Feature went to Geoffrey Smith‘s “The English Surgeon,” while the award for a Short Film was given to Jan Zabeil‘s “What Would The Drop Know About That?” The Music Documentary Award went to Sascha Paladino‘s “Throw Down Your Heart,” and the Cinematic Vision Award went to Margaret Brown for “The Order of Myths.” “Our greatest goal in joining with AFI to produce SILVERDOCS was to celebrate and honor the creativity of independent filmmakers and the documentary art form,” said Carrie Passmore, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Social Responsibility, in a statement. ” With these awards, we are honoring those filmmakers from around the world whose vision and storytelling truly excel.” Check out indieWIRE’s first dispatch from SILVERDOCS here. A second will be posted this evening. [Peter Knegt]

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