Awards for 2014

Golden Gate Award

Best Animated Short

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Best Bay Area Short

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Best Narrative Short

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Best Documentary Short

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Best Bay Area Documentary Feature

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The Last Season: Sara Dosa
The jury noted: "The Last Season, a remarkable documentary about rare-mushroom hunting in the Oregon woods, sweeps away the topsoil of the Pacific landscape to reveal the multilayered social legacy of distant wars. Along the way, it unearths affinities and affections that challenge common ideas about family. With integrity of craft, first-time director Sara Dosa here claims the high standard of Bay Area documentary filmmaking for a new generation."

Best Documentary Feature

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The Overnighters: Jesse Moss
The jury noted in a statement: "Jesse Moss' The Overnighters, which follows a pastor's efforts to house job-seekers in an insular North Dakota town, is exceptional as an exercise of narrative craft, as a feat of immersion journalism, and as an intimate portrait of one man's struggles. In driving to the heart of local discontent, the documentary is admirably fair-minded, yet it is Moss' alertness as a filmmaker that lets him stay close to the story as its subjects take unexpected, sometimes shocking, turns. The result illuminates a messy confluence of American interests: faith, altruism, family, opportunity, and the search for honest self-expression."

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Best New Visions

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Best Youth Work

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Best Family Film

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Audience Award

Best Documentary Feature

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Best Narrative Feature

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Golden Gate Persistence of Vision Award

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Mel Novikoff Award

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Kanbar Award

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New Directors Prize

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History of Fear: Benjamín Naishtat
In a statement, the jury noted: "From an unusually strong slate of first films, the jury chose History of Fear, a slyly assured reflection on suburban paranoia from Argentine director Benjamín Naishtat. There may or may not be a predatory invasion (or two, or three) of a wealthy Buenos Aires enclave. But the movie's subject, rendered with one eyebrow subtly cocked, is the rising panic of its residents, an indiscreetly charmless bourgeoisie crippled by nameless terrors. Goosing both his characters and his audience with intimations of horror, Naishtat makes expert use of the implicit with a wit and visual flair unusual in a novice filmmaker."

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Founder's Directing Award

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New Directors Prize - Special Jury Recognition

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White Shadow: Noaz Deshe
Special mention also goes to Israeli director Noaz Deshe's White Shadow, a viscerally stylish neo-noir about the victimization of albinos in an African country ruled by superstition.

The Amazing Catfish: Claudia Sainte-Luce
Special mention also goes to The Amazing Catfish, a warm and exhilaratingly unpredictable dramedy from Mexican filmmaker Claudia Sainte-Luce about the impact of a mysterious stranger on a family struggling with imminent tragedy.

Golden Gate Award - Special Jury Recognition

Best Documentary Feature

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The Return to Homs: Talal Derki
The jury noted: "Turning the stuff of headlines into intimate personal history, Talal Derki's Return to Homs uses extraordinary access-footage from young rebels' private meetings and urban battles-as a window onto the Syrian conflict. The film's light-footed coverage captures the spirit of an uprising driven by mobile technology, while its emotional immediacy brings to life one rebel's slow progression from peaceful protester to violent revolutionary. This is the rare film valuable both as a revelatory news document and as a moving story out of time: a private narrative that maps the broader course of conflict and idealism in the region."

Golden Gate Award - Honorable Mention

Best Youth Work

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Best Family Film

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