36th Minneapolis St. Paul International Film FestivalAward Winners

Emerging Filmmaker Award

Jurors: Jim Stark, Laurens Grant, Marian Masone

This juried competition recognizes new and up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world for their achievements in narrative filmmaking. A $2500 cash prize is awarded to the film that demonstrates standout excellence in creativity, storytelling, technique, and innovation in the narrative form.

Kati Kati
Director: Mbithi Masya | COUNTRY

Jury Statement: For creating a well crafted, well acted and thoroughly African version of a touching tale of life after death, the Jury awards the Emerging Filmmaker Prize to Kati Kati, directed by Mbithi Masya.

 
 

 

Documentary Feature Award

Jurors: George Amponsah, Dean Otto, Mimi Plauché

This juried competition recognizes national and international documentary filmmaking that exemplifies the very best in presentation, diversity, innovation and powerful storytelling. A $2500 cash prize is awarded to the chosen film.

CO-WINNERS

Last Men in Aleppo
Director: Feras Fayyad | Denmark, Syria

 

 

Whose Streets?
Director: Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis | USA

 
 

 

MN Made Feature Documentary Award

Jurors: Melody Gilbert, Selina Lewis-Davidson, Kel Nelson

Representative of the abundance and diversity in local filmmaking, Minnesota Made returns with a slate of must-see new feature length and short films from minnesota-based and Minnesota-narrative filmmakers. For our home-grown juried competition, awards are given for films that exemplify standout achievements in narrative and documentary feature filmmaking.

First Daughter and the Black Snake
Director: Keri Pickett | USA

Jury Statement: Many people have heard of Winona LaDuke, but most of us do not really know her. After watching this documentary, we felt like we had followed a Minnesota filmmaker on a journey to understand a Minnesota legend. Keri Pickett’s tenacity as a director is admirable as she filmed her subject with incredible access and intimacy. When we were done watching this film, we felt as if we truly knew Ms. LaDuke, her family, and community and we were moved by her fight to save Ojibwe land and water for future generations.

Best of Fest screening: May 3, 7:00pm

 
 

 

Minnesota Made Feature Narrative Award

Jurors: Christina Ham, Santanu Chatterjee, Simon Edery

This juried competition recognizes new and up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world for their achievements in narrative filmmaking. A $1,250 cash prize is awarded to the film that demonstrates standout excellence in creativity, storytelling, technique, and innovation in the narrative form.

The Sounding
Director: Catherine Eaton | USA

Jury Statement: The Sounding is a sensitive, intelligent telling of a unique story about the relationship of language and mental health in human relations and notions of normalcy.

 
 

 

Documentary Short Award

Jurors: Norah Shapiro, Mark Brown, Dan Rybicky

This juried competition recognizes national, international, and local narrative and documentary short form filmmaking. With few exceptions, all short films are in competition.

Port of Entry
Director: Andrea Meller, Marisa Pearl | USA

Jury Statement: A startlingly intimate and moving observational snapshot that provides impressive access into the lives of refugees during their first moments in America.

Best of Fest screening: May 4, 4:50pm

 

Honorable Mention: The Ragman – A Hobo’s Story Untold, Director: Cy Dodson, USA

Honorable Mention: The Wizard Oz, Director: Danny Yourd, USA

Jury Statement: Two surprising and entertaining portraits of singular human beings, both beautifully made with sensitivity and respect.

 

 

Narrative Short Award

Jurors: Ben Bowman, Eric D. Howell, Mary Ahmann

This juried competition recognizes national, international, and local narrative and documentary short form filmmaking. With few exceptions, all short films are in competition.

DOTS
Director: Chen-Wen Lo | Taiwan

Jury Statement: Chen-Wen Lo’s DOTS resonated unanimously with the jury for her inventive use of cinematic tools to tell an engaging story with visual excitement and originality. Compelling performances are coupled with a structure that keeps the audience guessing and curious. It makes for a unique, quiet, slice of life story told through beautiful and memorable imagery that ends in a lovely, cathartic scene that provokes thought long after the screen goes black.

Best of Fest screening: May 4, 9:15pm

 

Honorable Mention: The Circle, Director: Ruken Tekes, Turkey

Jury Statement: The Circle by director Ruken Tekes who is recognized for her masterful, confident filmmaking. A timely story, it is a powerful reflection on a dichotomy between innocence and cruelty in a child’s world with a universal message about marginalizing those that we perceive different than ourselves.

Honorable Mention: ICEBREAKER, Director: Carrie Bush, USA

Jury Statement: A short story well told. Funny and familiar with vivid characters, who are well drawn through terrific performances. A joyfully well made film that encapsulates the hardships of a social life when you live in a cold climate.

 

 

Youth Jury 1 (Ages 11-14) Competition

This fun, media literacy experience offers a chance for our youngest film fans to cast an inquisitive eye on the feature films in the Childish Films Program.

Fanny’s Journey
Director: Lola Doillon | France, Belgium

Jury Statement: We as a youth jury chose Fanny’s Journey because it is a great retelling of a true story through exceptional acting, suspense, and emotional intrigue.

 
 

 

Youth Jury 2 (Ages 15-18) Competition

This Jury empowers high school students to view, critique, and award short films from around the world.

Black and Blue
Director: Simon Tolman, Jasper Lazor, Amir Sharif | USA

Jury Statement: Black and Blue’s simple but strong execution of a serious topic gave clarity of purpose through a powerful narrative in smooth editing with acting that portrayed and evoked many emotions.

 

 

Excellence in Youth Filmmaking

Etymology
Director: Faith Pare | USA

Jury Statement: We chose Etymology for excellence in Film because of how the filmmaker showed strong symbolism and dynamic coverage, using the resources she had effectively with clear purpose.

 

 

Audience Choice Awards

 

 

Asian Frontiers

Lipstick Under My Burkha
Director: Alankrita Shrivastava
India

Runner Up: The Long Excuse
Director: Miwa Nishikawa
Japan

 

 

Childish Films

Belle and Sebastian: The Adventure Continues
Director: Christian Duguay
France

Runner Up: How to Steal a Dog
Director: Kim Seong-ho
South Korea

 

 

Cine Latino

I Dream in Another Language
Director: Ernesto Contreras
Mexico, Netherlands

Runner Up: Endless Poetry
Director: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Chile, France, Japan, UK

 

 

Dark Out

Nova Seed
Director: Nick DiLiberto
Japan, Canada

Runner Up: Prevenge
Director: Alice Lowe
UK

 

 

Documentaries

Dolores
Director: Peter Bratt
USA

Runner Up: First Daughter and the Black Snake
Director: Keri Pickett
USA

 

 

Frame Forward

in the wake of a second cook
Director: Rolf Belgum
USA

Runner Up: Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait
Director: Khyentse Norbu
Bhutan, Hong Kong

 

 

Images of Africa

93 Days
Director: Steve Gukas
Nigeria

Runner Up: The Clash
Director: Mohamed Diab
Egypt, France

 

 

Midnight Sun

The King’s Choice
Director: Erik Poppe
Norway

Runner Up: Sami Blood
Director: Amanda Kernell
Sweden, Norway, Denmark

 

 

New American Visions

The Sounding
Director: Catherine Eaton
USA

Runner Up: Voice From the Stone
Director: Eric D. Howell
USA, Italy

 

 

World Cinema

Lost in Armenia
Director: Serge Avédikian
France, Armenia

Runner Up: The Hippopotamus
Director: John Jencks
UK