The 2013 Seattle International FIlm Festival came to a end yesterday with a closing-night-gala screening of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring at the Cinerama and an awards brunch at the top of the Space Needle.
Winners of the Golden Space Needle Audience Awards:
BEST FILM Fanie Fourie's Lobola, directed by Henk Pretorius (South Africa, 2013) First runner-up: The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt (Australia, 2013) Second runner-up: Monsters University, directed by Dan Scanlon (USA, 2013) (I expect to see "Third Best Movie at the Seattle International Film Festival!" featured prominently on the Monsters University posters.)
BEST DOCUMENTARY Twenty Feet from Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville (USA, 2013) First runner-up: The Punk Singer, directed by Sini Anderson (USA, 2013) Second runner-up: Harana, directed by Benito Bautista (Philippines, 2012)
BEST DIRECTOR Nabil Ayouch, Horses of God, (Morocco, 2012) First runner-up: David Ondříček, In the Shadow, (Czech Republic, 2012) Second runner-up: Joss Whedon, Much Ado About Nothing, (USA, 2012)
BEST ACTOR James Cromwell, Still Mine, (Canada, 2012) First runner-up: Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt, (Denmark, 2012) Second runner-up: Terence Stamp, Unfinished Song (United Kingdom, 2012)
BEST ACTRESS Samantha Morton, Decoding Annie Parker, (USA, 2013) First runner-up: Onata Aprile, What Maisie Knew, (USA, 2012) Second runner-up: Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha, (USA, 2012)
BEST SHORT FILM Spooners, directed by Bryan Horch (USA, 2012) First runner-up: My Right Eye (The Apple of My Eye), directed by Josecho de Linares (Spain, 2012) Second runner-up: Malaria, directed by Edson Oda (Brazil, 2013)
And the winners of the special juried categories:
BEST NEW DIRECTOR Harmony Lessons, directed by Emir Baigazin (2013, Kazakhstan)
BEST DOCUMENTARY Our Nixon, directed by Penny Lane (2013, USA)
BEST NEW AMERICAN CINEMA C.O.G., directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez (USA, 2013)
Congratulations to all of SIFF 2013's winners and survivors! SIFF 2014 starts in ten minutes.