Harmony Lessons

SIFF 2013 Best New Director: Grand Jury Prize

Kazakhstan | 2013 | 110 minutes | Emir Baigazin

A stark, surreal, strange, and entirely riveting tale of a marginalized teenage boy. Young Kazakh director Emir Baigazin's accomplished debut creates a poetic and mature study of school bullying and the strength of the survival instinct in a small town in rural Kazakhstan.

Our Nixon

SIFF 2013 Best Documentary: Grand Jury Prize

USA | 2013 | 85 minutes | Penny Lane

This all-archival documentary, constructed from Super8 footage shot by three White House aides (Watergate conspirators Ehrlichman, Haldeman, and Chapin), creates an intimate and complex portrait of the Nixon presidency, as it has never been seen before.

The Crash Reel

SIFF 2013 Best Documentary: Special Jury Prize

USA | 2013 | 109 minutes | Lucy Walker

The rise and brutal fall of world-renowned snowboarder Kevin Pearce. Battling with rival Shaun White as the Olympics approach, Pearce crashes and suffers a severe brain injury. His desire to return to snowboarding drives his recovery, but Kevin's family struggles with his selfish passion.


SIFF 2013 Best New American Cinema: Grand Jury Prize

USA | 2013 | 87 minutes | Kyle Patrick Alvarez

This first film adaptation of David Sedaris' work is a funny and poignant portrait of a lost soul and the amusing characters he meets as he pursues his Steinbeckian dream—to spend his summer working on an apple farm in Oregon.

Fanie Fourie's Lobola

Best Film: SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards

South Africa | 2013 | 90 minutes | Henk Pretorius

After Fanie takes Dinky, a strong Zulu woman, to his Afrikaans family wedding, the two find an unexpectedly fun cross-cultural romance. But in order to marry Dinky, Fanie must negotiate to pay Lobola (a South African dowry).

Twenty Feet from Stardom

Best Documentary: SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards

USA | 2013 | 90 minutes | Morgan Neville

 A breakout audience favorite at Sundance, Twenty Feet from Stardom follows several gifted backup singers living in the shadows of superstardom. Their work charted the rise of the modern pop vocal sound from the gospel tradition to the more impassioned sounds of the turbulent '60s. Special guests Tata Vega and Merry Clayton will each perform a song following the movie (Centerpiece Gala screening only)!


Animated Short Film: Special Jury Prize

Brazil | 2013 | 6 minutes | Edson Shundl Oda

A young mercenary is hired to kill Death.

Horses of God

Best Director – Nabil Ayouch: SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards

Morocco | 2012 | 115 minutes | Nabil Ayouch

An intimate portrait of three young boys growing up on the outskirts of Casablanca. Critically acclaimed at Cannes, this film is a major achievement by one of North Africa's most important filmmakers.


Animated Short Film: Grand Jury Prize

Australia | 2012 | 10 minutes | Stuart Bowen

Woody dreams of becoming a concert pianist despite his obvious limitations.


Documentary Short Film: Special Jury Prize

USA | 2012 | 9 minutes | Phillip Montgomery

When Dr. Panklaj Parekh, the man charge of clean drinking water in LA, suffers a tragic accident, he is faced with new, unthinkably difficult challenges.