2014 Festival Award Winners

Rhino Full Throttle

2014 Short Animation: Grand Jury Prize

Germany | 2013 | 15 minutes | Erik Schmitt

Bruno roams the streets of Berlin with his head full of questions, looking for what's behind the many facades and surfaces, seeking the soul of the city, that little something that others might never notice.


2014 Short Documentary: Grand Jury Prize

USA | 2014 | 7 minutes | Amanda Harryman

One Seattle male reflects upon the harsh street life he dealt with during his childhood and the push he has had to make it out and find a sense of normalcy.


2014 Short Live Action: Grand Jury Prize

Burkina Faso | 2013 | 30 minutes | Cedric Ido

Eight-year-old Manu loves comics and dreams of becoming a superhero, to be a driving force for change just like President Thomas Sankara.

While We're Asleep

2014 FutureWave Shorts Audience Award

USA | 2012 | 7 minutes | Summer Matthews

These kids are experts in explaining and exploring the world of dreams.

Black Rock Creek

2014 FutureWave Wavemaker Award for Excellence in Youth Filmmaking: Grand Jury Prize

USA | 2013 | 6 minutes | Malone Lumarda

A young girl takes a mystical walk along beautiful Black Rock Creek.

Belle & Sebastien

2014 Youth Jury Award Prize for Best Films4Families Feature: Grand Jury Prize

France | 2013 | 99 minutes | Nicolas Vanier

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 14.
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An inspiring story of a boy and his dog who guide Jewish refugees to safety across the alps, Belle et Sébastien is a charming homage to the beloved live-action nature films of Disney, but with a pulse-pounding World War II subplot that will thrill audiences of all ages.

Dear White People

2014 Youth Jury Award Prize for Best FutureWave Feature: Grand Jury Prize

USA | 2014 | 108 minutes | Justin Simien

A witty and whip-smart satire about being a black face in a (mostly) white place, Dear White People centers on biracial campus DJ and resident advisor Samantha and her fellow African-American students at the prestigious Winchester University.

Bound: Africans versus African Americans

2014 Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision

USA | 2014 | 90 minutes | Peres Owino

Controversial and illuminating, this documentary from Kenyan-born Peres Owino uses testimonials to expose the seldom-discussed ways that Africans and African Americans view each other, and looks at the cultures’ shared history to foster mutual understanding. With director Peres Oswino and producers Tene Carter and Isaiah Washington in attendance!

Fool’s Day

2014 Golden Space Needle Award: Best Short Film

USA | 2013 | 20 minutes | Cody Blue Snider

A dark comedy about a 4th grade class that pulls an innocent April Fool's prank on their teacher ... with disastrous results.


2014 Golden Space Needle Award: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Patricia Arquette)

USA | 2014 | 164 minutes | Richard Linklater

Festival screenings have passed. Playing at SIFF Cinema June 15.
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Richard Linklater (Slacker, Before Sunrise trilogy) makes a triumphant return to his independent roots with this dazzling micro-epic, shot over the course of 12 years, that tracks the evolution of a single American family through the eyes of young Mason.