Let me list my choices first here with little comment and then I'll want to talk separately about some of the categories and why I differ, when I do, with the Festival's awards.
|Table Cell||Official Festival Awards||My Choices|
|Features||Winner: Lad: A Yorkshire Story Runner Up: Things I Don't Understand
Hon. Men: Shouting Secrets
|Winner: Between Us and Passionflower
Runner Up: Shouting Secrets
|Documentaries||Winner: Roadmap to Apartheid|
Runner Up: The World Before Her
Hon Men: Ping Pong
|Winner: Cutting Loose
Run. Up: Unfinished Spaces and Reportero*
Runner Up: Calcutta Taxi
Hon. Men: Cockatoo
|Winner: Calcutta Taxi and Lapse
Runner Up: Mossadegh and Suddenly Zinat
|Animation||Winner: Paths of Hate
Runner Up: Lemons
|Winner: Much Better Now Runner Up: Lemons
Hon Men: Paths of Hate
|Supershorts||Winner: Her Next Door
Runner Up: Matriarche
Hon. Men: Polarized
|I'm ok with the first two, but the third did nothing for me.|
|Sundance||Winner: Rousseau's Children Runner Up: No Horizon Anymore||Didn't see enough to form an opinion.|
In most cases trying to separate levels is questionable - though I feel strongly about Cutting Loose. I'll give some reasons for my choices in some separate posts.
[See What Makes A Good Documentary? Cutting Loose and Ping Pong I'll add a one or two more here as I get them up.]
One of the issues is comparing films with very different budgets and produced under different circumstances.
There were some 'in competition' films I missed - Grassroots in the feature category, The Trial of Ben Barry and Hunt in the shorts category, and Y.E.R.T. in the documentaries. And as Passionflower demonstrates, some very good films didn't make it into competition.
I'd note that Passionflower got audience choice in the feature category with Shouting Secrets getting second. As I write, the audience awards for documentaries aren't up yet.
*I was told Reportero, for technical reasons, was not eligible to be in competition. But I don't have those restrictions.