Director Pawel Pawlikowski took the top narrative feature prize at the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival for his drama “Ida,” about a young woman in 1960s Poland who discovers a family secret from the Nazi occupation while preparing to be a nun. Director Amir Bar-Lev won in the documentary feature category for his examination of the Penn State football scandal. Jurors in the Independent Visions category gave the top prize to Josephine Decker for her sensual thriller “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely.”
The festival announced this year’s jury and audience award winners during a ceremony Saturday at the Sarasota Opera House. A special jury prizes for ensemble acting was given to Lukas Moodysson’s “We are the Best!” Tracy Droz Tragos and Andrew Droz Palermo’s documentary “Rich Hill” was honored for its direction. In addition, the jury gave a special outstanding performance award to Tallie Medel from “Joy Kevin,” directed by Caleb Johnson, and best ensemble award to “B.F.E.,” directed by Shawn Telford.
This year’s audience award-winner for best narrative feature was Michael Tully’s “Ping Pong Summer” while the audience award for best documentary went to Mike Myers’ “Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.”
Philippe le Guay’s “Bicycling with Molière” won the best in world cinema audience award and Samuel Albis’ “Chub” won the audience award for best short film.
“We are very pleased with the success of the SFF this year,” President of the Sarasota Film Festival Mark Famiglio said in a statement. “From the continued support from our sponsors to our dedicated team that tirelessly works to bring the best experience to our community, we are proud to celebrate all of our attending artists and we look forward to growing in 2015.”
Festival director Tom Hall commented on his organization’s goal of spotlighting quality films.
“Every year we strive to bring extraordinary films and filmmakers to the festival,” Hall said. “Over the 16 years since our inception, we have worked hard to create a platform at the festival that inspires audiences and filmmakers while supporting this generation of vital, exciting film artists.”
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Sunday is the final day of the Sarasota Film Festival. For schedule and complete coverage visit our festival page.