First, the Winners!
I told you last week that Marek Najbrt's film "Protektor" (also the Czech official Oscar entry) was the best film in the festival. And on Sunday night, the SYRFILM judges agreed. "Protektor" took Best Fiction Feature Film, Best Actress (Jana Plodkova), Best Editor, Best Music, Best Screenplay. Syracuse native Mary Angiolillo, who now lives in Prague and teaches at the national film school there, FAMU, sent "Protektor" to SYRFILM.
Other award recipients were:
Best Experimental Film: "Homewrecka" by Joey Huertas (USA). Huertas has had a film entered in SYRFILM each of the festival's seven years, and this documentary about domestic violence was the third win for him in this category.
Best Animation: "Ariadne's Thread" by Bert ti Attila (Romania).
Special Judges Citation in Animation: "Chameleon" by Anna Rettberg (USA).
Best Central New York Film: "Thicker Than Water" by Bradley Rappa (USA), documentary.
Best Short Documentary: "One Day Will be Once" by Anca Miruna Lazarescu (Germany).
Director's Special Citation for Short Documentary: "Kayatsum" by Grigor Harutyunyan (Armenia).
Best Short Fiction: "Rosenhill" by Johan Lundborg and Johan Storm (Sweden).
Special Judges' Citation for Short Fiction: "Pile-Up/Koccan s" by Ferenc T r k (Hungary).
Director's Special Citation for Short Fiction: "Requiem for Kosovo" by Dhimiter Ismailaj (Albania).
Best Feature Documentary was awarded to two films: "Long Distance" by Amikam Goldberg (Israel) and "The Two Escobars" by Jeff Zimbalist and Michael Zimbalist (Colombia/USA).
Judges' Special Citation for Artistic Achievement in Feature Documentary: "Queen of the Sun" by Taggart Siegel (USA).
Best Cinematography in a Narrative Feature: Larry Smith for "Bronson" (UK)
Best Actor: Tom Hardy in "Bronson"
Best Director: Nicholas Wending Refn for "Bronson"
Judges' Special Citations: "Sand" by Rob Nilsson (USA) and "To Catch a Billionaire" by Tomas Vorel (Czech Republic).
Director's Special Citations: "Pizza with Bullets" by Robert Rothbard (USA) and "Touching Home" by Logan and Noah Miller (USA).