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Tacoma Film Festival Winners



2019



2019 program

2019 winners

Regional
Honorable Mention – Pacific Northwest Short Film: Cold Holy Water dir. Vanessa Renwick
Honorable Mention – Pacific Northwest Short Film: All on a Mardi Gras Day dir. Michal Pietrzyk
Best Pacific Northwest Short Film: RESPEK dir. Kamari Bright
Best Pierce County Short or Feature Film: #StopErasingBlackPeople dir. Tacoma Action Collective (Christopher Paul Jordan, Cana Marie, Jamika Scott, Jaleesa Trapp)
Best Pacific Northwest Feature: Where the House Was dir. Ryan Adams
 
TRACK 04
Best Music Video: Shambles dir. Jonathan Salmon
 
Animation
Best Animated Film: KIDS dir. Michael Frei
 
Documentary Shorts
Honorable Mention – Documentary Short Film: Alejandro & Miguel dir. Joie Estrella Horwitz
Honorable Mention – Documentary Short Film: Prisoner of Society dir. Rati Tsiteladze
Best Cinematography – Documentary Short Film: Juanita Onzaga (Our Song to War)
Best Director – Documentary Short Film: Darius Clark Monroe (Black 14)
Best Documentary Short Film: La Flaca dir. Adriana Barbosa and Thiago Zanato
 
Documentary Features
Best Cinematography – Documentary Feature: Jim Hickcox (Caballerango)
Best Director – Documentary Feature: Kavich Neang (Last Night I Saw You Smiling)
Best Documentary Feature: Caballerango dir. Juan Pablo González

Narrative Shorts
Honorable Mention – Narrative Short Film: ដីថ្មីផ្លូវខូច (New Land Broken Road) dir. Kavich Neang
Honorable Mention – Narrative Short Film: 饺子 (Dumpling) dir. Xiaolu Wang
Best Screenplay – Narrative Short Film: Halayla (Tonight) dir. Emily Shir Segal
Best Cinematography – Narrative Short Film: Adric Watson (All These Creatures)
Best Performance – Narrative Short Film: Tamar Amit–Joseph (Halayla [Tonight])
Best Director – Narrative Short Film: Barbara Cigarroa (Dios Nunca Muere)
Best Narrative Short Film: Dios Nunca Muere dir. Barbara Cigarroa

Narrative Features
Best Screenplay – Narrative Feature: The Plagiarists dir. James N. Kienitz Wilkins and Robin Schavoir
Best Cinematography – Narrative Feature: Christopher Rejano (Knives and Skin)
Best Performance – Narrative Feature: Zoé Audet (Mad Dog Labine)
Best Director – Narrative Feature: Peter Parlow (The Plagiarists)
Best Narrative Feature: Mad Dog Labine dir. Jonathan Beaulieu–Cyr and Renaud Lessard

Audience Choice
Best Feature Film – Audience Choice: The Infiltrators dir. Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera
Best Short Film – Audience Choice: Kamali dir. Sasha Rainbow
Best Pacific Northwest Feature Films – Audience Choice:
Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance dir. Melinda Raebyne
My Mother Was Here dir. Rustin Thompson
Best Pacific Northwest Short Film – Audience Choice: Sepulcher dir. Stephen Takashima



2018



2018 program

2018 winners

Narrative Features
Best Narrative Feature: Drift dir. Helena Wittman
Best Director – Narrative Feature: Adam Khalil, Bayley Sweitzer (Empty Metal)
Best Cinematography – Narrative Feature: Ashley Connor (Mountain Rest)
Best Screenplay – Narrative Feature: Bryce Richardson (I Want More, I Want Less)
Best Performance – Narrative Feature: Sophia Mitri Schloss (Sadie)

Narrative Shorts
Best Narrative Short Film: Nettles dir. Raven Jackson
Best Director – Narrative Short Film: Faren Humes (Macho)
Best Cinematography – Narrative Short Film: Shawn Peters (Piu Piu)
Best Performance – Narrative Short Film: Dymond Veve (Kira Burning
Best Screenplay – Narrative Short Film: Mariama Diallo (Hair Wolf)

Documentary Features
Best Documentary Feature: Distant Constellation dir. Shevaun Mizrahi
Best Director – Documentary Feature: Daniel Patrick Carbone (Phantom Cowboys)
Best Cinematography – Documentary Feature: Erick Stoll (América)

Documentary Shorts
Best Documentary Short: Silica dir. Pia Borg
Best Director – Documentary Short: Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, Jackson Polys (The Violence of a Civilization Without Secrets)
Best Cinematography – Documentary Short: Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen (It's Going to Be Beautiful)

Regional 
Best Pacific Northwest Film: Civil dir. Stephen Takashima
Best Pierce County Film: Medieval Martha Stewart directed by Taylor Hawkins

Audience Choice
Best Short Film: The Burden (Min börda) dir. Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Best Feature: Dawnland dir. Adam Mazo and Ben Pender-Cudlip
Best Regional Short: Medieval Martha Stewart dir. Taylor Hawkins
Best Regional Feature: Boom! A film about The Sonics dir. Jordan Albertsen

Virtual Reality
Best Virtual Reality Films: 
Swampscapes dir. Liz Miller, Juan Carlos Zaldívar and Kim Grinfeder
Biidaaban: First Light dir. Lisa Jackson


2017




2017 Program
2017 WINNERS

Narrative Features
Best Narrative Feature: Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town
Best Director: Pete Ohs and Andrea Sisson, Everything Beautiful is Far Away 
Best Cinematography: Christian Sorensen Hansen and Pete Ohs, Everything Beautiful is Far Away
Best Performance: Jun Zhao, King of Peking
Best Performance: Mackenzie Davis, Izzy Gets The F*ck Across Town
Best Screenplay: Sam Voutas, King of Peking

Narrative Shorts
Best Cinematography: Christian Houge Laursen, Forever Now
Best Performance: Max Jenkins, The Mess He Made
Best Performance: Nicole Williams, Game
Best Screenplay: Kristian Håskjold and Trille Cecilie Uldall-Spanner, Forever Now
Best Narrative Short: Import
Best Director: Ena Sendijarevic, Import

Best Regional
Best Regional Film: Little Potato

Audience Choice
Best Local Short: Richard Twice
Best Short: Game
Best Feature: A Shot in the Dark

Best Documentary Features
Best Director: Mike Day, The Islands and the Whales 
Best Cinematography: Mike Day, The Islands and the Whales 
Best Documentary Feature: For Ahkeem

Best Documentary Shorts
Best Director: Lauren Frohne, The Legacy of Linc's Tackle
Best Cinematography: John Pope, The Wizard Oz 
Best Documentary Short: Wildland



2016



2016 program
2016 WINNERS

Best Regional Film: Ernie - dir. Hadley Hillel
Best Narrative Short: Home - dir. Daniel Mulloy
Best Actor (Narrative): Out of the Village - Abraham Attah
Best Actress (Narrative): Hold On - Charlie Chan Dagelet
Best Screenplay (Narrative): Discipline - Christophe M. Saber
Best Cinematography (Narrative): Home - Paul MacKay, Victor Seguin
Best Director (Narrative): And Nothing Happened - dir. Naima Ramos-Chapman
Best Documentary Short: The Carousel - dir.Jonathan Napolitano
Best Cinematography (Documentary): I am Yup’ik - Nathan Golon
Best Director (Documentary): The Tricks List - dir. Brian Bolster
Local Audience Choice Short: Phil’s Camino - dir. Annie O'Neil
Local Audience Choice Feature: As You Are - dir. Miles Joris-Peyrafitte
Audience Choice Short: Out Of The Village - dir. Jonathan Stein
Audience Choice Feature: Score: A Film Music Documentary - dir. Matt Schrader



2015



2015 program
2015 WINNERS

Best Regional Film: Even the Walls - dir. Sarah Kuck & Saman Maydani
Best Narrative Short: The Chicken - dir. Una Gunjack
Best Doc Short: Live Fast Draw Yung - dir. Stacey Lee & Anthony Mathile
Best Director: Una Gunjack, The Chicken
Best Cinematography: Mathias Pilz, The Chicken
Best Screenplay: Eric Fallen & Moon Molson, The Bravest, the Boldest
Best Actress: Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, The Bravest, the Boldest
Best Actor: Joseph Smith, Hagereseb
Audience Choice Feature: Landfill Harmonic - dir. Brad Allgood & Graham Townsley
Audience Choice Short: Birthday - dir. Chris King
Local Audience Choice Feature: The Glamour & the Squalor - dir. Marq Evans
Local Audience Choice Short: Big Boy - dir. Bryan Campbell



2014


2014 Schedule Grid
2014 WINNERS

Best Regional Film: Koinonia - dir. Andrew Finnigan
Best Narrative Short: What Cheer? - dir. Michael Slavens
Best Doc Short: David Hockney in the NOW - dir. Lucy Walker
Best Animated Film: Yearbook - dir. Bernardo Britto
Best Feature Doc: The Immortalists - dir. David Alvarado & Jason Sussberg
Best Narrative Feature: Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter - dir. David Zellner
Audience Choice: Life Partners - dir. Susanna Fogel
Local Audience Choice: Laggies - dir. Lynn Shelton



2013


2013 Program
2013 Schedule Grid
2013 WINNERS

Best Regional Film: Improvement Club - dir. Dayna Hanson
Best Narrative Short: The Telegram Man - dir. James Francis Khehtie
Best Animated Film: Woody - dir. Stuart Bowen
Best Feature Doc: A River Changes Course - dir. Kalyanee Mam
Best Narrative Feature: Euphonia - dir. Danny Madden
Audience Choice: Her Aim is True - dir. Karen Whitehead



2012


2012 Winners

Best Narrative Short: Curfew - dir. Shawn Christensen
Best Doc Short: Odysseus' Gambit - dir. Alex Lora
Best Animated Film: Thumb Snatchers from the Moon Cocoon - dir. Brad Schaffer
Best Feature Doc: Lemon - dir. Laura Brownson & Beth Levison
Best Narrative Feature: Dead Man's Burden - dir. Jared Moshe
Audience Choice: The Magic Life - dir. Nelson Cheng
Local Audience Choice: Shadowed - dir. Joey Johnson



2011


2011 Schedule
2011 WINNERS

Best Regional Film: Connect To - dir. Sam Nuttmann
Best Narrative Short: Thief - dir. Julian Higgins
Best Animated Film: The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - dir. William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg
Best Feature Doc: The Two Escobars - dir. Jeff & Michael Zimbalist
Best Narrative Feature: This Narrow Place - dir. Sooney Kadouh
Audience Choice: Fort McCoy - dir. Kate Connor & Michael Worth
Local Audience Choice: Half Empty (Fantastic Confabulations) - dir. Andrew Finnigan



2010


2010 Winners

Best Regional Film: Shuffle - dir. Garrett Bennett
Best Narrative Short: Ana's Playground - dir. Eric D. Howell
Best Animated Film: A Complex Villainelle - dir. Nathan Billington, Howard Cook, Rebecca Forth, Bart Ovaitt, & Ryan Porter
Best Feature Doc: Back to the Garden - dir. Kevin Tomlinson
Best Narrative Feature: Earthwork - dir. Chris Ordal
Audience Choice: Wheedle's Groove - dir. Jennifer Maas



2009


2009 Winners

Best Regional Film: Otis v. Monster - dir. Patrick Neary
Best Narrative Short: Sebastian's Voodoo - dir. Joaquin Baldwin
Best Feature Doc: Freeing Silvia Baraldini - Margo Pelletier & Lisa Thomas
Best Narrative Feature: White on Rice - dir. Dave Boyle
Audience Choice: The Stairwell - dir. Andrew Finnigan



2007


2007 Winners

Best Narrative Short: Full Disclosure - dir. Douglas Horn
Best Feature Doc: Spitfire 944 - dir. William Lorton
Best Narrative Feature: Rain in the Mountains - dir. Joel Metlen & Christine Sullivan
Best Local Film: GPS - The Movie - dir. Eric Colley
Audience Choice: My Left Hand, dir. Joshua Isaac

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