The Starz Denver Film Festival wrapped its 36th year, announcing their 2013 award winners, including the people’s choice and juried selections. It was a solid year with red carpet screenings of Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska,” and bang-up parties from The Reel Social Club, themed around the indie film, “Doomsday.” Here are this year’s winners by category.
Starz People’s Choice Awards
Thousands of paper ballots torn and marked by festivalgoers and tallied up by festival staff, a handful of paper cuts later here are the results:
Narrative Feature – “One Chance” from director David Frankel (“Marley & Me,” “The Devil Wears Prada”) about real-life amateur opera star’s overnight phenomenon, Paul Potts.
Documentary Feature – “Code Black” is Ryan McGarry’s penetrating look at L.A. County Hospital ER doctors, idealistically trying to usher in a new age of patient care.
Short Film – “What Do We Have In Our Pockets?” screened in the Talking ‘Bout Love short block. It is Goran Dukic’s Israeli short about the objects in a man’s pocket come-to-life, in a quirky hybrid of live-action and animation.
The Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Foreign Feature Film went to Jia Zhangke’s revelatory portrait of modern China: “A Touch of Sin.” The Jury commented: “We salute Jia Zhangke for writing, directing and producing this startling collection of stories featuring masterful imagery, deeply human characters and searing social relevance. Created against unimaginable odds, this film represents an unprecedented level of commitment.”
A Special Jury Award went to Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth’s “The Fifth Season” out of Belgium. This hauntingly beautiful film left many festivalgoers awestruck. The Jury commented: “Chosen for its visionary creation of an imaginary, yet vivid and fully realized world inspired by our current sociological and environmental challenges.”
The Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Film went to Oskar Alegria’s “The Search for Emak Bakia” from Spain about the surrealist artist, Man Ray’s 1926 film “Emak-Bakia.” The Jury commented: “A film that is impeccably crafted yet still captures the freewheeling spirit of artistic discovery. Beautifully composed, formally innovative, it is at once a documentation of a work of experimental cinema and a work of art in itself.”
The full list of winners including, the New Directors Award, Student Awards and Screenplay awards are posted on the 2013 Festival section at denverfilm.org.