SIFF 2013: Golden Space Needle Awards and other winners

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SEATTLE (JUNE 9, 2013) – The 39th Seattle International Film Festival, the largest and most highly attended festival in the United States announced the winners of the SIFF 2013 Competition and Golden Space Needle Audience Awards; the awards were presented at a ceremony held at the Seattle Space Needle. The 25-day festival, which began May 16, featured over 447 films representing 85 countries, including 49 World (18 Features, 31 Shorts), 48 North American (38 Features, 10 Shorts), 17 US Premieres (6 Features, 11 Shorts), and over 700 screenings. Additionally, SIFF brought in more than 400 filmmakers, actors and industry professionals.

SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Audience Awards

The Golden Space Needle Audience Awards are given in the following categories: Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Short Film. Over 100,00 ballots were cast by SIFF audiences to determine the winners. Each Golden Space Needle Award winner received a handcrafted, original design by Seattle-based artist Piper O’Neill.

Best Film Golden Space Needle Award

Fanie Fourie’s Lobola, directed by Henk Pretorius (South Africa, 2013)

First runner-up: The Rocket, directed by Kim Mordaunt (Australia, 2013)
Second runner-up: Monsters University, directed by Dan Scanlon (USA, 2013)
Third runner-up: Decoding Annie Parker, directed by Steven Bernstein (USA, 2013)
Fourth runner-up: Still Mine, directed by Michael McGowan (Canada, 2013)

Twenty Feet From Stardom

Best Documentary Golden Space Needle Award

Twenty Feet from Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville (USA, 2013)

First runner-up: The Punk Singer, directed by Sini Anderson (USA, 2013)
Second runner-up: Harana, directed by Benito Bautista (Philippines, 2012)
Third runner-up: Alive and Well, directed by Josh Taft (USA, 2013)
Fourth runner-up: Blackfish, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite (USA, 2013)

Best Director Golden Space Needle Award

Nabil Ayouch, Horses of God, (Morocco, 2012)

First runner-up: David Ondříček, In the Shadow, (Czech Republic, 2012)
Second runner-up: Joss Whedon, Much Ado About Nothing, (USA, 2012)
Third runner-up: Thomas Vinterberg, The Hunt, (Denmark, 2012)
Fourth runner-up: Andrew Mudge, The Forgotten Kingdom, (USA, 2013)


Best Actor Golden Space Needle Award

James Cromwell, Still Mine, (Canada, 2012)

First runner-up: Mads Mikkelsen, The Hunt, (Denmark, 2012)
Second runner-up: Terence Stamp, Unfinished Song (United Kingdom, 2012)
Third runner-up: Ivan Trejon, In the Shadow, (Czech Republic, 2012)
Fourth runner-up: Sabin Tambrea, Ludwig II, (Germany, 2013)


Best Actress Golden Space Needle Award

Samantha Morton, Decoding Annie Parker, (USA, 2013)

First runner-up: Onata Aprile, What Maisie Knew, (USA, 2012)
Second runner-up: Greta Gerwig, Frances Ha, (USA, 2012)
Third runner-up: Juliane Köhler, Two Lives, (Germany, 2012)
Fourth runner-up: Martina Gedeck, The Wall, (Austria, 2012)


Best Short Film Golden Space Needle Award

Spooners, directed by Bryan Horch (USA, 2012)

First runner-up: My Right Eye (The Apple of My Eye), directed by Josecho de Linares (Spain, 2012)
Second runner-up: Malaria, directed by Edson Oda (Brazil, 2013)
Third runner-up: Fora, directed by Ayuub Kasasa Mago (Rwanda, 2012)
Fourth runner-up: While You Weren’t Looking, directed by Jeremy Mackie (USA, 2012)



As always, the die-hard “Fools”, aka the Full Series Passholders, saw a TON of movies and weighed in on their favorites of the fest with their own awards…

The Hunt

Most Liked

  1. Secret Festival #2
  2. The Hunt
  3. Still Mine
  4. Circles
  5. Two Lives
  6. A Hijacking
  7. The Attack
  8. Muscle Shoals
  9. Key of Life
  10. In the Shadow

Top Archival

  1. Safety Last!
  2. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion
  3. Richard III
  4. A Man Vanishes

Top Documentary

  1. The Trials of Muhammad Ali
  2. Stories We Tell
  3. The Last Ocean
  4. Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story

Best Director : Horses of God
Best Cinematographer: Jin
Best Script: You Will Be My Son
Best Music: Twenty Feet from Stardom
Best Actor: The Hunt
Best Actress: The Wall
Best “Guilty Pleasure”: Comrade Kim Goes Flying


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