2021 JURY + AWARDS

LEONARD MALTIN
LEONARD MALTIN
HONORARY JURY PRESIDENT

ESTEEMED JURY MEMBERS


NARRATIVES

LISA BRUCE, HEAD JUROR
LORI HUCK
ROB RAMSEY

DOCUMENTARIES

CLAUDIA PUIG, HEAD JUROR
ANN WALKER
KIRA WOJACK

SHORTS

JIM GALLAGHER, HEAD JUROR
JON ANDERSON

INTERNATIONAL

RICARDO DEL RIO, HEAD JUROR
SUE-ALLEN VILLALVA

2021 AWARD WINNERS

JURY AWARDS

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE | 7 Days (USA)

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | Bangla Surf Girls (Bangladesh)

BEST SHORT | Documentary – Zaida (USA)

Narrative – Turned (Denmark)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILMS | Best Short – The Bathtub (Barcelona)

Best Feature – ATLAS (Italy)

JURY CASH AWARDS

DR. GEORGE M. SANGER STUDENT FILM AWARDS

GRAND PRIZE | AMAL (USA)

Advanced Student Award | SCAR (USA)

High School or Younger | IN THE WEEDS (Canada)

THE DALE ST. DENIS FEMALE FILMMAKER AWARDS

MARY PICKFORD AWARD | Far East Deep South – Larissa Lam

FEARLESS FEMALE FILMMAKER | Bangla Surf Girls – Lalita Krishna

FEARLESS FEMALE FILMMAKER | RAW – Joanna Koss

EMERALD AWARD

*This year we had a tie for the Emerald Award!

Plant Heist | Chelsi de Cuba

Sounds of the Sidewalk: A Journey Goodbye | Ray Velasquez and Michele Zousme


COMPETITION AWARDS

Awards may include, but are not limited to, the following categories:

Best Narrative Feature
Best Documentary Feature
Best International Film
Best Short Film


JURIED CASH AWARDS

Advocating for strong independent voices in film, CIFF offers numerous cash awards to support emerging and independent filmmakers.

DALE ST. DENIS FEMALE FILMMAKER AWARD

TERRY CURTIN, HEAD JUROR
KRISTIE KERSHAW


A $5000.00 Award Donated in memory of Dale St. Denis, Coronado architect, artist, and staunch supporter of the women who brought CIFF to life, by his wife Doug St. Denis.

Three cash prizes will be awarded for excellent achievement by one or more female filmmakers in any category:

$2,000 – The Mary Pickford Award for outstanding achievement in filmmaking. Named for the industry pioneer whose vision, persistence and independent spirit took her from ingénue to major celebrity to producer of her own films, to co-founding United Artists studio.

$3,000 – The Fearless Female Filmmaker Award for outstanding achievement by a female filmmaker who started with an idea, ran with it, and brought it to the screen for the rest of us to discuss, debate, and perhaps even shift our perception.

EMERALD AWARD

NANCY MCRAE, HEAD JUROR
PETER MCRAE


Sponsored by Ken Fitzgerald and Ruby Carr – Any category

A $5000.00 Award Awarded to the film or films that best portray the following: A person (or persons) who identifies a need or wrong, takes a risk, and works selflessly to promote peace, education, freedom from oppression, well-being, and/or protection of the planet and all that live upon it. A film that reminds viewers that each of us can be a force for good in the world.

In the event of more than one winner in this category, the cash prize will be distributed among the winners at the judges’ discretion. 

THE DR. GEORGE M. SANGER STUDENT FILM AWARD

MITCHELL BLOCK, HEAD JUROR
KIM MAGNUSSON
VANESSA BLOCK


A $5000.00 Established in memory of the beloved Coronado physician who “always loved encouraging young people,” by his wife Blossom, and underwritten by daughter Wendy McGuire, and son in law Dev Purkayastha

We are honored to present this award on behalf of the Sanger family. The jury will select one grand prize film that will be awarded $2,000 and the remainder of the prize funds will be divided at the discretion of our jury members regardless of category, representing the best of young, fresh, emerging film talent.

In the event of more than one grand prize winner (jury tie), the cash prize will be distributed among the winners in an amount determined by the jury.

2020 AUDIENCE WINNERS

AUDIENCE AWARD | NOMADLAND

Documentary Feature | Runner (tie) (USA)

Documentary Feature | Fish & Men (tie) (USA)

 Narrative Short | Alina (USA)

Documentary Short | The Other Fab Four (UK)

Comedy Short | Ms. Rossi (Italy)

Dramatic/Horror Short | Over the Edge (Australia)

STUDENT SHORTS

Narrative Short | Brother’s Keeper (USA)

Documentary Short | A Little Patch of Earth (USA)


2020 JURY AWARD-WINNING FILMS

THE LEONARD MALTIN TRIBUTE AWARD

NOMADLAND DIRECTOR, CHLOÉ ZHAO

JURY AWARDS

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE | Two Ways Home

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | The Prison Within

SPECIAL RECOGNITION DOCUMENTARY FEATURE | Fish & Men

BEST SHORT | Alina

DR. GEORGE M. SANGER STUDENT FILM AWARDS

GRAND PRIZE | My War

JURY CASH AWARD RECIPIENTS

Estranged

Anna & Sloane Go to the Beach

Dia de las Carpas

Special Recognition | The Humanity Test

THE DALE ST. DENIS FEMALE FILMMAKER AWARDS

MARY PICKFORD AWARD | Two Ways Home

FEARLESS FEMALE FILMMAKER | Double Exposure

FRANCES MARION AWARD | Alina

EMERALD AWARD

Kiss The Ground


THE JURY AWARDS HAVE BEEN GRACIOUSLY UNDERWRITTEN BY

The Emerald Award(s) Sponsored by Ken Fitzgerald and Ruby Carr

Dr. George M. Sanger Student Film Award(s) – Wendy McGuire AND Dev Purkayastha

The Dale St. Denis Female Filmmaker Award(s) – Doug St. Denis

SHOW PRODUCER | Jim Koytk, Voice and Video


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