Festival Winners Announced

8_full.jpgCinema St. Louis Announces Winners of 17th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival





The 17th annual St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), which began on Nov. 13 and concluded on Nov. 23. More than 19,000 people attended – an increase of 3,500 from 2007 and a festival record.

Awards were announced at the Nov. 23 closing-night party at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room:

Audience Choice Awards:
Audience voting determined the winner of three awards from among the films in competition:.
Best Feature: “Streetballers” directed by Matt Krentz
Best International Feature: “Slumdog Millionaire” directed by Danny Boyle
Best Documentary: “Dear Zachary” directed by Kurt Kuenne

The winners of SLIFF’s online competition – presented in partnership with IndieFlix – were chosen by audience voting from among 10 shorts and five features.

Best Short: “The Tangent” directed by Vincent Vesco
Best Feature: “Reversion” directed by Mia Trachinger

Interfaith Awards:
Juries gave Interfaith Awards to both a documentary and a feature, choosing from among 10 competition films (five in each category), which were selected for their artistic merit, contribution to the understanding of the human condition, and recognition of ethical, social, and spiritual values.

Best Feature: “Days and Clouds” directed by Silvio Soldini
Best Documentary: “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” directed by Gina Reticker

New Filmmakers Forum Emerging Director Award:
The fest’s New Filmmakers Forum annually presents the Emerging Director Award. Five works by first-time feature filmmakers competed for the prize, which was determined by a jury headed by Scott Foundas, LA Weekly film editor.

“Yeast” directed by Mary Bronstein

Shorts Awards:
Juries choose the winners of seven awards from among the short subjects in competition.
Best of Fest Short: “New Boy” directed by Steph Green
Best Live Action Short: “Next Floor” directed by Denis Villeneuve
Best Animated Short: “Lavatory – Lovestory” directed by Konstantin Bronzit
Best Short Short: “Codswallop” directed by the Brothers McLeod
Best International Short: “James” directed by Connor Clements
Best Documentary Short: “The Witness” directed by Adam Pertofsky
Best Local Short: “The Ville” directed by Amy Bench

St. Louis Film Critics Award:
A jury from the St. Louis Film Critics selected the inaugural Under-the-Radar Award winner, honoring an acclaimed international film that deserves more audience attention. SLIFF chose the 10 films for jury evaluation on the basis of critical recognition and major festival awards. The St. Louis Film Critics also gave a Best of Fest Award.

Under the Radar Award: “The Unknown Woman” directed by Giuseppe Tornatore
Best of Fest: “Slumdog Millionaire” directed by Danny Boyle

For more information, the public should visit www.cinemastlouis.org or call 314-289-4150.

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