2015 Portland Film Festival Award Winners

2015 Portland Film Festival Award Winners
The Portland Film Festival announced its award-winning films for 2015 during its closing night celebration—which included a sold-out screening of Dana Nachman’s “Batkid Rises.”

Out of the 220 films screened during the seven-day event, the following competition winners were selected by a pool of jury members that included David Cress (Producer of “Portlandia”), Abby Davis (Agent from Preferred Content), Rob Hatch (48 Hour Film Festival), Mark Shapiro (Laika), William Martell (Script.net), Randall Jahnson (“The Doors,” “Zorro.”) and Gordy Hoffman (“Blue Cat Screen Play Competition”).

Jury Documentary Feature
Tyke Elephant Outlaw / Australia (Directors: Susan Lambert and Stefan Moore) Tyke the circus elephant breaks free in front of thousands of onlookers. Her break for freedom leaves the city in shock and sparks a global battle over the use of performing animals.

Jury Narrative Feature
For Love & Broken Bones / South Arica (Director: Tebogo Malope, Screenwriters: Tebogo Malope, Libby Dougherty) When a lonely and isolated debt collector falls in love with his latest assignment, he must choose to follow his heart. Cast: Mduduzi Mabaso, Lerato Mvelase, Mashala Letsoalo.

Jury Documentary Short
Denali / U.S.A. (Director & Subject: Ben Moon) Denali is the true story of the relationship between adventure photographer Ben Moon and his beloved dog, Denali. This short is about friendship, loss and the beautiful fight for life.

Jury Narrative Short
The Fly / U.K. (Director & Screenwriter: Olly Wiliams) The Fly is a story of karmic revenge. A cat and mouse game where nobody is really sure who is playing the cat, and who should be attending anger management sessions. Cast: Jack Doolan.

Jury Animation Short
Love in the time of March Madness / U.S.A. (Directors: Robertino Zambrano & Melissa Johnson, Screenwriter & Narrator: Melissa Johnson) Melissa Johnson hit 6’4’’ tall in 8th grade. Although this made her an instant basketball star, LOVE IN THE TIME OF MARCH MADNESS follows her hilarious and awkward misadventures in romance as she dates shorter men and gets cheered or jeered wherever she goes.

Script Winner of 20k cash award and prize package
Tumorhead / U.S.A. (Screenwriter: Lara Gallagher) A girl with a brain tumor and her family struggle to deal with the recent diagnosis. She assumes the identity of Tumorhead, a superhero who is impervious to negativity. 

The following films were chosen by ballot to receive the audience awards:

Audience Award Feature
Sympathy Said the Shark / U.S.A. (Director & Screenwriter: Devin Lawrence) When a young couple opens their door to a soaked, bloodied, and estranged friend they quickly discover that their night is going to get even stranger… Each person’s perspective reveals a darker secret until a larger, deadlier, threat arrives. Cast: Lea Coco, Melinda Cohen, Dominic Bogart, Nicholas Gonzalez & Richard Gunn

Audience Award Short
Forest Born / U.S.A. (Director: Josh PetersonA lone hiker locks up his car and heads down a sun-dappled forest trail. Some distance into the woods, he pauses. Enticed by a mysterious, silent call, he turns off-trail and bushwhacks into the wilderness. He arrives at a remote clearing, where a mythic encounter launches him into a ecstatic primal frenzy, driving him further into the forest. But he is not alone. Actor: Eric Newcombe.

The executive director of the Portland Film Festival chose the following film for the Director’s Award:

Directors Award
Aimy in a Cage / U.S. (Director, Screenwriter: Hooroo Jackson) A creative teenage girl is placed into a mind-altering procedure to civilize her, while news of a virus epidemic spreads throughout the world. Cast: Crispin Glover, Allisyn Ashley Arm, Terry Moore, Paz de la Huerta, Michael William Hunter. WORLD PREMIERE

 

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