The 2015 Woodstock “Fiercely Independent” Film Festival celebrated its Sweet 16, and came to a close on October 4.
The awards went to:
Best Feature Narrative: “Oliver’s Deal” directed by Barney Elliott
Honorable Mention: “It Had to be You” directed by Sasha Gordon.
Best Feature Documentary: “Incorruptible” directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi.
Honorable Mention: “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” directed by Holly Morris, co-directed by Anne Bogart.
Best Animation: “The Five Minute Museum” directed by Paul Bush.
Honorable Mention: “Religatio” directed by Jaime Giraldo.
Best Short Narrative: “Stanhope” directed by Solvan “Slick” Naim.
Honorable Mention: “Welcome” (Bienvenidos) directed by Javier Fesser.
Best Short Student Short Film: “Against the Night” directed by Stefan Kubicki.
Best Short Documentary: “All About Amy” directed by Samuel Centore.
Honorable Mention: “Naneek” directed by Neal Steeno.
The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography: “Bob and the Trees” directed by Diego Ongaro with cinematography by Chris Teague and Danny
James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Narrative: “Oliver’s Deal” directed by Barney Elliott and edited by J.L. Romeu and Roberto
Honorable Mention: “Touched With Fire” directed by Paul Dalio and edited by Paul Dalio and Lee Percy.
James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Documentary: “The Babushkas of Chernobyl” directed by Holly Morris and edited by Michael Taylor,
Richard Howard, and Mary Manhardt
Honorable Mention: “I Will Not Be Silenced” directed by Judy Rymer and edited by Paul Hamilton.
Ultra Indie Award: “Lamb” directed by Ross Partridge.
Honorable Mention: “Bob and the Trees” directed by Diego Ongaro.
The World Cinema Award: “Meet Me in Venice” directed by Eddy Terstall.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Roberta Petzoldt (“Meet Me in Venice”).
Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award for Best Female Feature Director: Linda-Maria Birbeck director of “There Should be Rules.”
Carpe Diem Award Andretta Award for Best Film: “Waffle Street” directed by Eshom Nelms and Ian Nelms.
Fiercely Independent Award was presented by Atom Egoyan to Guy Maddin
Honorary Maverick Award was presented by Guy Maddin to Atom Egoyan.
Award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, Susan Kouguell teaches screenwriting at Purchase College SUNY, and presents international seminars on
screenwriting and film. Author of SAVVY CHARACTERS SELL SCREENPLAYS! and THE SAVVY SCREENWRITER, she is chairperson of Su-City
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