9/9/2014 | SIFF Cinema
Rachel Eggers | 206.315.0683 | rachel.eggers@siff.net

SEATTLE -- September 9, 2014 -- The 19th annual 1 Reel Film Festival is proud to announce this year's jury award winners for best narrative and best animated short. Curated by SIFF, the festival brings in over 100 short films from around the world during the three days of the Bumbershoot festival. The 1 Reel Film Festival is known as one of the nation's most well-attended short film festivals in the United States, drawing nearly 10,000 attendees each year.

 The 2014 1 Reel Film Festival Jury award winners will each be presented with a $500 cash prize.  

1 Reel Film Festival jury award winners:  

Narrative Winner: THE PHONE CALL, director: Mat Kirkby (United Kingdom)

Jury Statement: The jury awards the Narrative Prize to the short, The Phone Call. This moving film engages the viewer with its bold and authentic approach to mental illness, beautiful cinematography, and dynamic performances from Sally Hawkins and (the voice of) Jim Broadbent. It's a touching, relevant, and heartbreaking piece of filmmaking that imparts audiences with a tender balance of awareness and empathy. Mat Kirkby's short film is a small but stunning wonder.

Special Jury Award: THE NEW WEST, director: Peter Edlund (USA)

Jury Statement: The jury awards the Narrative Prize to the short, The New West. This tense and pulsating short immediately engages the viewer with its crisp and luminous cinematography, heartfelt and dynamic performances, and bold story. It's a remarkable piece of filmmaking that's enigmatic and dream-like, yet also startling and haunting. A thriller with much on its mind, The New West is simply compelling.

Animation Winner: RABBIT AND DEER, director: Péter Vácz (Hungary)

Jury Statement: The jury awards the Animation Prize to the short, Rabbit and Deer. It's a witty, wild, and wickedly clever piece of animation that experiments with the genre's form while remaining fantastically entertaining and accessible. Rabbit and Deer is equal parts wacky and profound, taking a unique approach to tell a story of friendship and realms of existence.

About SIFF

Founded in 1976, SIFF creates experiences that bring people together to discover extraordinary films from around the world with the Seattle International Film Festival, SIFF Cinema, and SIFF Education. Recognized as one of the top film festivals in North America, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest, most highly attended film festival in the United States, reaching more than 150,000 annually. The 25-day festival is renowned for its wide-ranging and eclectic programming, presenting over 450 features, short films, and documentaries from over 70 countries each year. SIFF Cinema exhibits premiere theatrical engagements, repertory, classic, and revival film showings 365 days a year on five screens at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and SIFF Film Center, reaching more than 120,000 attendees annually. SIFF Education offers educational programs for all audiences serving more than 13,000 students and youth in the community with free programs each year.