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Tacoma Film Festival Winners

2022 Winners

Audience Choice, Feature Film : Butterfly in the Sky by Bradford Thomason & Brett Whitcomb
Audience Choice, Short Film : Dana by Lucía Forner Segarra
Audience Choice, Pacific Northwest Narrative Film : Know Your Place by Zia Mohajerjasbi
Audience Choice, Pacific Northwest Documentary : Buffalo Soldiers: Fighting on Two Fronts by Dru Holley

Best Narrative Feature : Utama by Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Best Documentary Feature : After Sherman by Jon-Sesrie Goff
Best Documentary Feature (Honorable Mention) : Freedom from Everything by Mike Hoolboom
Best Documentary Feature (Honorable Mention) : What We Leave Behind by Iliana Sosa

Best Narrative Short Film : asi en la tierra como en el cielo by Mireya Martinez
Best Narrative Short Film (Honorable Mention) : Enloquecer by Hector Prats
Best Narrative Short Film (Honorable Mention)Bag of Hats by Jacob Sheppard

Best Documentary Short Film : Kicking the Clouds by Sky Hopinka
Best Documentary Short Film (Honorable Mention) : Blue Room by Merete Mueller
Best Documentary Short Film (Honorable Mention) : Strangers by Rajee Samarasinghe

Best Animation : No Leaders Please by Joan C. Gratz
Best Animation, Honorable Mention : Phase II by Kelly Sears
Best Music Video : June by Magdalena Zielinska

Jurors’ Award - Best Experimental Film: El Gran Movimiento by Kiro Russo

Best Late Night Film : The Timekeepers of Eternity by Aristotelis Maragkos
Best Late Night Film (Honorable Mention) : Wild Card by Tipper Newton

Best Pacific Northwest Late Night Film : Sojurn by Nesib Shamah
Best Pacific Northwest Late Night Film (Honorable Mention) : Death in a Box by Simeon Gregory
Best Pacific Northwest Narrative Film : The Diaper Cake by Anastasia Babenko
Best Pacific Northwest Narrative Film (Honorable Mention) : No Spectators Allowed by Kanani Koster
Best Pacific Northwest Narrative Film (Honorable Mention) : Rachels Don't Run by Joanny Causse
Best Pacific Northwest Documentary : Up on the Mountain by Olivier Matthon and Michael Reis
Best Pacific Northwest Documentary (Honorable Mention) : Sentinels by Derek Knowles and Lawrence Lerew
Best Pacific Northwest Documentary (Honorable Mention) : Life is a Gift by Gloria Joy Kazuko Muhammad and Mu Knowles

Best Performance, Narrative Feature : Matthew Jeffers in Unidentified Objects
Best Screenplay, Narrative Feature : Zia Mohajerjasbi for Know Your Place
Best Cinematography, Narrative Feature : Silvan Hillman for Unrest (Unrueh)
Best Performance, Narrative Short Film : Gil Fishman in Glow Stick

Best Screenplay, Narrative Short Film : Some Vile Beast by Brian Imakura
Best Cinematography, Narrative Short Film : Ray Huang, little trumpet
Best Cinematography, Documentary Feature : Melisa Cardona, Powerlands
Best Cinematography, Documentary Short Film : Remaining Silent by Yanbin Zhao
Best Sound Design, Documentary Feature : Gods of Mexico by Helmut Dosantos
Best Sound Design, Documentary Short Film: Home When You Return by Carl Elsaesser




Best Narrative Feature : POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA by Wes Hurley 
Best Direction, Narrative Feature : Charles Mudede, THIN SKIN 
Best Cinematography, Narrative Feature : Alex Grigoras, WOOD AND WATER 
Best Performance, Narrative Feature : Nikohl Boosheri, ALIA’S BIRTH 
Best Screenplay, Narrative Feature : FIRSTNESS by Brielle Brilliant 

Best Documentary Feature : ACTS OF LOVE by Isidore Bethel and Francis Leplay 
Best Direction, Documentary Feature : Jessica Kingdon, ASCENSION 登楼叹 
Best Cinematography, Documentary Feature : Goga Devdariani, Salomé Jashi, TAMING THE GARDEN 

Best Documentary Short Film : SURVIVING YOU, ALWAYS by Morgan Quaintance 
Best Direction, Documentary Short Film: Adam Khalil and Adam Piron, HALPATE 
Best Cinematography, Documentary Short Film : THE WHELMING SEA by Sean Hanley 
Best Documentary Short Film, Honorable Mention : ORBITA by Udval Altangerel 
Best Documentary Short Film, Honorable Mention : LUCES DEL DESIERTO by Félix Blume 

Best Narrative Short Film : THE UNSEEN RIVER by Phạm Ngọc Lân 
Best Direction, Narrative Short Film : Affonso Uchôa, SEVEN YEARS IN MAY 
Best Cinematography, Narrative Short Film : Giorgos Valsamis, I AM AFRAID TO FORGET YOUR FACE 
Best Performance, Narrative Short Film : Nadir Saribacak, LEYLAK 
Best Screenplay, Narrative Short Film : THE UNSEEN RIVER by Phạm Ngọc Lân

Best Animation : OUR BED IS GREEN by Maggie Brennan 

Best Music Video : KREIS by Kilian Immervoll & Anna Sophia Rußmann 

Best Late Night FilmTHE FOLLOWING YEAR by Miguel Campaña 

Best Pacific Northwest FeatureA BLACK RIFT BEGINS TO YAWN by Matthew Wade 

Best Pacific Northwest Short FilmSEE ME by Dawn Jones Redstone

Audience Choice, Feature 
THIN SKIN by Charles Mudede 
MISSING IN BROOKS COUNTY by Lisa Molomot, Jeff Bemiss

Audience Choice, Short Film 
UNDERCUT by Kelly Pike

Audience Choice, Pacific Northwest Feature 
700 FEET DOWN by Carly Vester, Peter Bortel

Audience Choice, Pacific Northwest Short Film 
NOW IS THE TIME by Christopher Auchter 


2019 program

2019 winners

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
Best Music Video: Shambles dir. Jonathan Salmon
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 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)

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 Program

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 program

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 program

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 Schedule Grid

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 Program
2013 Schedule Grid

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 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 Schedule

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 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 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 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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