Awards for 2015

Grand Jury Prize

Best Experimental Short

WINNER

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

WINNER

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."

IN-COMPETITION


Last Base: Aslak Danbolt (director) (London Film School (film school))

Best Animation Short

WINNER

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

WINNER

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."

IN-COMPETITION

Best Narrative Feature

WINNER

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."

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Honorable Mention

Narrative Short

WINNER

09:55 - 11:05, Ingrid Ekman, Bergsgatan 4B: Cristine Berglund, Sophie Vukovic
"A complex, captivating and thoughtful slice of humanity. Delicately shot, with beautiful performances from both women, the film sears itself into your emotional core and remains there for days."

Documentary Feature

WINNER

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."

Narrative Feature

WINNERS


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:

WINNER

Kodak Director's Prize

WINNER

Special Jury Award

Best Narrative Feature

WINNER

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