The Audience Has Spoken: NW Filmmakers’ Fest Awards

Family Portrait in Black and White

The 39th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival may have wrapped this past Sunday night, but we’ve still got fresh festival news to share with you.  Following the tireless tabulating efforts of our festival interns, we are pleased to be able to announce the winners of the Audience Choice Awards.

Out of the 17 feature-length films screened at the fest, the audience selected Julie Ivanova’s documentary Family Portrait in Black and White as the Favorite Feature film recipient, while choosing Robert Sickels’ Sterling Hallard Bright Drake for the Best Short film award.

Other honors given include Steve Doughton’s Buoy being named the Favorite Narrative Feature.  The Favorite Narrative Short award went to Josh Lunden and Ben Mercer’s SomeoneChel White’s Bird of Flames garnered the Favorite Experimental Short and festival alum Joanna Priestley’s Dear Pluto was deemed the audience’s Favorite Animated Short.

Sterling Hallard Bright Drake

The Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival is produced by the Northwest Film Center and sponsored by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, LAIKA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and McTarnahan’s Brewing Co.

Major sponsors include Wieden + Kennedy, Pro Photo Supply, Car2Go, Willamette Week, Digital One, Mission Control, Hotel deLuxe, Mutt Industries, Creative America, Hotel Modera, and the Pink Rose.