BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
SIMPLE WEDDING by Sara Zandieh
Nousha continues to sabotage her relationships, much to the frustration of her parents. She is, after all, their only hope for a real Persian wedding. Under this pressure, Nousha meets Alex Talbot—a bisexual artist, activist and DJ living in an old warehouse. Their relationship progresses quickly, ultimately coming to the moment when Nousha’s parents discover that she and Alex are living together before marriage. Chaos unfolds, leading to a wedding that is anything but simple.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
AMÉRICA by Erick Stoll
Diego, a young circus artist, must return home and reunite with his brothers after their ninety-three year old grandmother, América, falls from her bed, causing their father to be jailed under accusation of elder neglect.
Diego is a dreamer who sees poetry and purpose in this tragedy. He believes América, despite her immobility and advanced dementia, fell willfully, to bring the separated family back together.
But Diego’s dream of familial cohesion fades as the brothers clash over money, communication, and the considerable challenge of offering full-time care to América.
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT
A GIFT by Aditya Ahmad
Isfi can wear her comfortable pants among her guy friends but has to wear hijab to be accepted at Nita’s house. Two days to Nita’s birthday, all Isfi wants is to prepare the best gift in Nita’s room.
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
THE TRADER- SOVDAGARI by Tamta Gabrichidze
A portrait of a man and his minibus. The Trader (Sovdagari) follows Gela as he sells secondhand goods through rural Georgia, where money is meaningless, and potatoes are lucre.
THE BIRD & THE WHALE by Carol Freeman
The Bird and the Whale is a story about a young whale struggling to find his voice. After straying too far from his family to explore a shipwreck, he discovers it’s sole survivor, a caged songbird. Together they struggle to survive lost at sea.
FAREWELL TRANSMISSION by Mike Rollo
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation opened the doors of the CBK Transmitter Station in 1939 to serve the prairie region of Canada. Farewell Transmission is equal parts indexical record of the demolition of CBK in 2015 and subjective response to the residual media documenting the event. The building is framed with tension preceding its destruction: emulsion pulsates as if with decades of radio transmission, creating an unsettled eulogy for a cultural institution.
BEST STUDENT FILM
BIG SISTER by Michal Gassner
Gili has a clear and violent agenda towards male sexual offenders. When she discovers her younger brother is suspended from school for a similar violation, she finds it difficult to comprehend the limits of her power to repair the world.
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
SEA by Thor Brenne
Nøkken. A beautiful and lethal water creature in Scandinavian folklore. He lives forever, taking lives of humans. Beware of the sea.
BEST MICRO FILM
GROWING ALICE by Danilo Zambrano
A girl’s changing relationship with her mother is observed from the point of view of her bedroom mirror.