2020 JURY STATEMENTS ON WINNERS

 

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE AWARD: OUR OWN (LES NÔTRES) by Dir. JEANNE LEBLANC
US Premiere
| Canada | 2019 | 103 min

In this category’s strong competition, the jury found that OUR OWN distinguished itself with its unwavering gaze at difficult issues and its formal control. Director Jeanne Leblanc captures the disconnect between the apparently ordinary households of a suburban neighborhood and the ugliness beneath the surface, problems that extend well beyond the film’s original sin. Its admirable qualities include courageous performances and a refusal to resolve itself in a conventionally reassuring way.

 

BEST FEATURE DOC AWARD: INTO THE STORM [EN LA TORMENTA] by Dir. ADAM BROWN
World Premiere | United Kingdom & Peru | 2020 | 84 min

The judges were thoroughly inspired by Jhonny’s story in INTO THE STORM. Thanks to the filmmakers’ excellent access, we felt that we were right there alongside him, experiencing the various ups and downs inherent to an athlete’s journey. We also applaud the excellent cinematography which superbly caught both Jhonny’s moves on the surfboard and stunning views of the ocean.

 

BEST SHORT NARRATIVE: STICKER by Dir. GEORGI M. UNKOVSKI
NY Premiere | Macedonia | 2020 | 19 min

STICKER is a rare achievement. One in which the filmmakers manage to perfectly balance humor and humanity, parental love and outlaw determination, inside a masterfully made film. It infuses us with joy as it impresses us with its technical skill.

 

BEST SHORT DOC AWARD: EAT WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY by Dirs. MALCOLM RIZZUTO AND SPENCER GARRISON
NY Premiere | United States | 2019 | 20 min

The Jury found EAT WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY extremely creative and strikingly funny. As an autobiographical tale on the immigrant experience from a unique perspective, it felt fresh and innovative. Presented through lively animation that details the complex – but also loving – story behind the relationship between a young man and his grandmother, we thoroughly enjoyed this film and encourage the filmmakers to keep creating.

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL AWARD: THE CIRCADIAN CYCLE by Dir: GARRY STEWART
World Premiere
| Australia | 2019 | 17 min

The jury is pleased to name THE CIRCADIAN CYCLE as the BFF 2020 winner for Best Experimental Short  for its combination of striking cinematography, intriguing choreography, resonant score and conceptual depth. As the film shifts from vast wild landscapes to intimate explorations of the human form, it unites dance and the natural world in an eloquent expression of life’s rhythms.

 

BEST ANIMATION AWARD: KING OF THE HOUSE by Dir. ZIGE ZHANG
US Premiere | United States & China | 2019 | 10 min

The Animation we selected as winner of the category is KING OF THE HOUSE. Zige Zhang’s exquisitely illustrated and pacey tale shines the spotlight on inequality. She nudges us to see that our shared humanity holds the key.