Awards for 2015

Golden Gate Award

New Director

WINNER

Sworn Virgin: Laura Bispuri
"Laura Bispuri is a distinct new filmmaking talent who we are excited to follow as her career progresses. There is a great purity and truth in her approach to a story of contemporary female struggle. Bispuri has crafted a film, grounded by extraordinary performances, that is at once effortless and delicate, but also bold in its execution."

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Best Animated Short

WINNER

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Best New Visions Short

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Best Narrative Short

WINNER

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Documentary Feature

WINNER

Western: Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
"The competition was remarkable and every film in the category presented a unique vision, which made our job very difficult and brought us to reconsider the very nature of cinema itself in the year 2015. Films of great ambition, exceptional intimacy and intricate sound design, offered up empathy and poetry in equal measure and charted new paths for the form. We give the GGA Documentary Feature award to Western, a film that compresses observation and symbolism to take the experience of 'seeing' in a bold direction. Though driven by characters, those characters never overwhelm the sense of place, and the tension between narrative and poetry, fact and fictional refraction inflect new meanings on how we see the West."

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Best Family Film

WINNER

The story of Percival Pilts: Janette Goodey (director), John Lewis (director) (Finickity Pictures (production company))

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Special Jury Award

Bay Area Documentary Feature

WINNER

T-Rex: Zackary Canepari, Drea Cooper
"We recognize T-Rex for its ambition and courage. This film subverts the sports conquest genre and takes a clear-eyed view of race and class."

Documentary Feature

WINNER

Of Men and War: Laurent Bécue-Renard
"Of Men and War makes us understand the horrors of war without ever showing us a single frame of battle, offering access to interior psychologies most viewers have never seen before in a tightly structured, beautifully edited, minimalist piece of nonfiction."

Audience Award

Best Documentary Feature

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Best Narrative Feature

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New Directors Prize

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