As Day 8 of Nashville Film Festival drew to a close Thursday night, April 21, NaFF honored this year’s Feature Award Winners in a ceremony held in Theatre 15 at Regal Cinemas Green Hills, where the 2016 film festival has been taking place since Thursday, April 14. Among the Feature Award categories were: Narrative, Documentary, New Director, Gibson Music Films/Music City, Tennessee First, Graveyard Shift and Best Song. The ceremony also included the announcement of a number of sponsored awards, Special Jury Prize recipients and the announcement of select audience-voted awards.
Narrative Feature: Take the top prize in the Narrative category was director Salvador del Solar’s “Magallanes”, the story of a former army soldier (Damian Alcazar), now a cab driver, who crosses paths with a retired colonel (Federico Luppi) and whose passion for life is rekindled by a chance encounter with a female passenger with whom he shares an overwhelming secret. A story of abuse of power, class and gender struggles, the price of silence and the grace of redemption, the Bridgestone Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature was presented to “Magallanes”.
Honorable Mention in the Best Narrative category was awarded to “Free in Deed”, directed by Jake Mahaffy.
Special Jury Prizes in the category went to Best Actor: David Harewood in “Freed in Deed”, Best Actress: Dorka Gryllus in “Demimonde”, Best Acting Ensemble: “Magallanes”, Best Screenplay: Eva Neymann for “Song of Songs” and Best Music: “The Lure”.
Documentary Feature: The Grand Jury Prize for Documentary Feature resulted in a tie with honors going to both director Laura Dunn’s “The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry” as well as directors Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz for “Seed: The Untold Story”.
Honorable Mention in the Best Documentary category was awarded to Jess Moss’ “The Bandit”.
Special Jury Prize for Badass Filmmaking (you just gotta love that category’s name), went to “Hooligan Sparrow”, directed by Nanfu Wang.
New Director Feature: The Grand Jury Prize for New Director Feature went to director Greg Kwedar for “Transpecos”.
Honorable Mention was given to “The Fits”, directed by Anna Rose Holmer.
Special Jury Prizes in the category were awarded to Best Actor: Gabriel Luna in “Transpecos”, Best Actress: a tie between Brogan Ellis and Lauren McQueen both appearing in “The Violators”. Additionally, a Special Jury Prize for Production Design was awarded to “The Arbalest”.
Gibson Music Films/Music City Feature: The Grand Jury Prize for Music Films/Music City Feature went to director Rob Hatch-Miller’s “Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows”.
Honorable Mention was given to directors Nate Gowtham and Aaron Faulls for “Colin Hay-Waiting for My Real Life”.
Special Jury Prize for Best Underdog Story (yet another great category name) went to “Sidemen: Long Road to Glory”, directed by Scott Rosenbaum.
Graveyard Shift Feature: “The Lure” directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska.
Honorable Mention went to “Curtain”, directed by Jaron Henrie-McCrea.
Special Jury Prizes were also awarded in the following categories: Best Actor: Adrian Tofei in “Be My Cat: A Film for Anne”, Best Actress: Marta Mazurek in “The Lure” and a Special Jury Prize for Originality and Exceptional Editing: “Curtain”.
Tennessee First Feature: The Grand Jury Prize for Tennessee First Feature was awarded to Country Music Star-turned-Director Rory Feek for “Josephine”, his feature directorial debut.
Best Original Song: “Drive It Like You Stole It”, from “Sing Street”.
The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award: “Magallanes”.
Best LGBT Film: “Hunky Dory”, directed by Michael Curtis Johnson.
Steven Goldmann Visionary Award: “The Lure”.
Southwest Airlines Audience Award Winners:
There was a three-way tie from the Bridgestone Narrative Competition films. “Demimonde”, “Hunky Dory” and “Magallanes” were all chosen by festival attendees as the best of the best in this category. From the New Directors section, festival-goers chose “Transpecos”. Among the Gibson Music Films/Music City entries, audiences preferred “Colin Hay-Waiting for My Real Life”. Rory Feek garnered another win for “Josephine” as fan favorite in the Tennessee First slot.
Also honored at last night’s awards celebration were five films receiving nods in the Tennessee Horizon Audience Awards for Best Short. Top honors went to director Drew Maynard for “The Saurus”. Second Place: “The Unbeliever”, directed by Paul D. Hart. Third Place resulted in a tie between Paul D. Hart’s “Three Fingers” and Motke Dapp’s “Everyday Yeti” and Fifth Place honors went to “The Van”, directed by John McAmis.
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