Awards for 2015
Grand Jury Prize
Best Experimental Short
Red Luck: Mike Olenick
"If anything represents the experimental spirit of Slamdance, it's this tin-foiled caper - an original and striking film full of layered and unexpected images. The film manages to offer a million different narrative paths - from dark and funny to weird and sparkly. A perfect example of a singular experimental work that is easy to watch again and again."
Best Narrative Short
Stay Awake: Jamie Sisley
"Stay Awake exhibits a remarkable empathy for characters who find themselves trapped in an unenviable moral dilemma. The cast's stand-out performances convey a depth of emotion few short films are able to achieve."
Best Animation Short
The Pride of Strathmoor: Einar Baldvin
"The Pride of Strathmoor is akin to a short, unpleasant trip to the insane asylum. The Poe-esque rendering of madness is perfectly complemented by the inventively textured animation."
Best Documentary Feature
Sweet Micky for President: Ben Patterson
"Sweet Micky For President takes the audience on an unbelievable, wild ride through difficult Haitian politics, in a story that is both entertaining and educational. The film is an enormous accomplishment for first-time director Ben Patterson and is a great example of why Slamdance exists - to celebrate new works by new directors whose films can help change our perspective on the world - one story at a time."
Best Narrative Feature
Tired Moonlight: Britni West
"A masterful fusion of cinematic vision and poetic narrative, Tired Moonlight effortlessly transports you from the prosaic surroundings of its poignant characters' lives into a realm of unexpected beauty and spiritual authenticity with an unforced craftsmanship."
20 Years of Madness: Jeremy Royce
"Reminding us that it's never too late to chase your dreams, 20 Years of Madness is brimming with stunning cinematography, eccentric characters and a heartfelt story about the desire to do something great while confronting the reality of failure."
Across the Sea: Nisan Dag
, Esra Saydam
"Through transcendent cinematography trained on the mystical Mediterranean setting and wonderful minute of uncertain love, directors Nisan Dag and Esra Saydam provide a beautiful, intense and honest look at a relationship in peril."
Fearless Filmmaking Grand Prize:
Kodak Director's Prize
Special Jury Award
Best Narrative Feature