Awards for 2010

Jury Award

Best Documentary

WINNER

Wo ai ni mommy: Stephanie Wang-Breal
Out of the six films in this year's SFIAAFF Documentary Competition, the jury chose to give the Best Documentary Feature Award to an intimate film that takes the camera to a place you don't have access to. With no fortune cookie answers, the film brings up more questions than answers, producing complicated and conflicted emotions. It's a well-crafted and assured film, giving its audience a rarely-seen look into a child's perspective of transnational adoption.

IN-COMPETITION





Best Narrative

WINNER

Dear Lemon Lima: Suzi Yoonessi
Our Best Narrative Award goes to an emerging talent whose film builds a charmingly unique world. Set in Alaska against the struggle to properly acknowledge Native Alaskan heritage, this exploration of identity, multiculturalism, and the timeless theme of adolescent fitting in celebrates difference in the director's stylish and masterfully-crafted vision. Our congratulations to DEAR LEMON LIMA, directed by Suzi Yoonessi.

IN-COMPETITION






Special Jury Award

Narrative

WINNER

The Mountain Thief: Gerry Balasta
We were moved by this earnest and heartfelt portrayal of community, compelling drama of life, love, and loss, and work of social advocacy. This story of survival, ambition, and redemption directed by a talented up-and-coming director draws us into its world with consciousness and compassion. We're happy to present this year's Special Jury Award to THE MOUNTAIN THIEF, directed by Gerry Balasta.

Audience Award

Best Documentary

WINNERS


Best Narrative

WINNER

Visual Achievement Award

Narrative

WINNER

Fog: Kit Hui
This intimate film about one man's search for his personal history and identity as told against the backdrop of the history of Hong Kong utilized the visual language of cinema to communicate a lyrical and captivating world full of uncertainty. For this work we're pleased to honor FOG, directed by Kit Hui.

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