Awards for 2016

Golden Gate Award

New Director

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The Demons: Philippe Lesage
Jury statement: "The Demons is an extraordinarily perceptive and structurally daring exploration of childhood in all its terrors and anxieties, both real and imagined."

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Best Animated Short

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Best New Visions Short

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Best Narrative Short

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Best Documentary Short

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Documentary Short

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Bay Area Documentary Feature

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The Return: Kelly Duane, Katie Galloway
Jury statement: "We are honoring a film that starts where others would stop, that addresses the inhumanity of America's criminal justice system through patient and humane observation, handling the complexities of its subjects not as matters to work around, but to embrace as a pathway to deeper feeling and understanding."

Best Documentary Feature

WINNER

Cameraperson: Kirsten Johnson
Jury statement: "We honor Cameraperson for its compassion and curiosity; for its almost tangible connection to subjects and humble acknowledgment of its own subjectivity; for its singular enfolding of memoir, essay and collage; for its perfect expression of the vital collaboration between director and editor; and for its disarming invitation for us to participate in the meaning and construction of the work, and by extension the meaning and construction of documentary cinema itself."

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Best Family Film

WINNER

Bunny New Girl: Natalie van den Dungen
Jury statement: "Bunny New Girl was recognized for its great, relatable message of acceptance and solidarity in a new community-as well as technical achievement, strong talent direction, and able storytelling that builds to a powerful and entertaining ending."

Special Jury Award

New Director

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Mountain: Yaelle Kayam
Jury statement: "The film provides a rigorous and multifaceted character study that becomes a bold statement about the role of women in physical and psychological confinement."

Best Animated Short

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Best Documentary Feature

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Notes on Blindness: Pete Middleton, James Spinney
Jury statement: "We extend a special mention to Notes on Blindness, in recognition of an audaciously ambitious, formally inventive and yet fully realized film that somehow manages to translate an intensely interior experience into compelling, even revelatory cinema, ingeniously articulating what it means to see and be seen."

Best Family Film

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Simons Cat 'Off to the Vet': Simon Tofieldd
Jury statement: "We recognize this film for its pure entertainment value, great observational comedy, laugh-out loud jokes, and clear cat knowledge."

Audience Award

Documentary

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Best Narrative Feature

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Peter J. Owens Award

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Kanbar Award

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Irving M. Levin Directing Award

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