Sedona AZ (March 1, 2015) – Till Then (Bis Gleich), a 21-minute narrative short film capturing the unspoken connection between two elderly neighbors who share a daily ritual – but never actually met – that deepens when they face the inevitable together, won both the Director’s Choice and Audience Choice Awards at the 21st annual Sedona International Film Festival.
The 10-day Festival, dedicated to Orson Welles during the year of his 100th birthday, concluded Sunday night with John Waters’ one-man show and retrospective, This Filthy World. Festival winners were announced by Executive Director Patrick Schweiss during Sunday morning’s annual Awards Brunch.
Director’s Choice honorees included Copenhagen, Best Feature – Drama, and Frank Vs. God, Best Feature – Comedy. Keep on Keepin’ On captured the Marion Herrman Excellence in Filmmaking Award, named in honor of the long-time Festival board member who passed away in 2012. Diplomacy won the Bill Muller Excellence in Screenwriting Award. The award is named for former Arizona Republic film critic Bill Muller, who died in 2007.
Keep on Keepin’ On also picked up the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary in a tie with Capturing Grace.
The full list of Director’s Choice award winners included:
Best Student Short: Heritage
Best Animated Film: Macropolis
Best Short Film: Till Then (Bis Gleich)
Best Foreign Film: Healing
Best Environmental Film: (Tie) Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story and Roaming Wild
Best Documentary Short: Myanmar:Bridges To Change
Best Documentary: (Tie) Marmato and Slingshot
Best Feature – Drama: Copenhagen
Best Feature – Comedy: Frank Vs. God
Indie Spirit (Short): Long Way
Indie Spirit (Doc): Semicolon; The Adventures Of Ostomy Girl
Indie Spirit (Narrative): Dig Two Graves
Humanitarian (Doc): Gardeners Of Eden
Humanitarian (Narrative): Unsound
Marion Herrman Excellence In Filmmaking: Keep On Keepin’ On
Bill Muller Excellence In Screenwriting Award: Diplomacy
The Audience Choice Award Winners Were:
Student Short: Hands Of Flame
Short (Drama): Tie: Till Then (Bis Gleich) and Birthday
Short (Comedy): In The Clouds (En Las Nubes)
Environmental: The Starfish Throwers
Documentary Short: Pie Lady Of Pie Town
Documentary: Tie: Keep On Keepin’ On and Capturing Grace
Foreign: Marie’s Story
Best Feature: Comedy: Attila Marcel
Best Feature: Drama: Tie: Una Vida: A Fable Of Music and The Mind And Like Sunday, Like Rain
Best Student Short Narrative: Unspoken
Highlighting this year’s festival was a series of screenings and retrospectives of Welles’ work coordinated by his daughter, Beatrice, who lives part-time in Sedona. The Festival offered 165 films from World Cinema to Documentaries that Make a Difference and from Sedona Green to Family Films and Classics.
For more information, visit www.sedonafilmfestival.org.