The 15th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival wrapped up March 12 in Santa Barbara, Calif. with Louis Belanger’s “Post Mortem” taking home two awards. Here’s a wrap up of the winners:
The Independent Voice Award, given to a feature-length North American film with no U.S. distribution in place: “Post Mortem,” written and directed by Louis Belanger.
The World Prism Award, is given to a feature-length foreign film: “Mauvaises Frequentations (Bad Company)” from France. Directed by Jean-Pierre Améris.
The Body Shop’s Burning Vision Award, celebrating an emerging filmmaker of a feature-length U.S. film without distribution in place: Amy Goldstein, director of “East of A.”
Burning Vision Jury “Special Mention:” “Everything’s Jake,” directed by Matthew Milele.
Body Shop’s Phoenix Prize: “Garage Olimpo,” directed by Marco Bechis.
The IFILM.com Special Jury Prize for Artistic Merit: “Post Mortem.”
The Lumina Award, sponsored by FUJIFILMS for best cinematography for a U.S. or World Cinema feature-length film: “La Nina De Tus Ojos (The Girl of Your Dreams),” cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe.
The Santa Barbara Independent Audience Award, given to a U.S. or World Cinema feature-length film: “East/West (Est-Ouest),” directed by Regis Wargnier.
The Body Shop’s Insight Award, to the best documentary feature 72 minutes or longer: “Just, Melvin.” Written and directed by James Ronald Whitney.
The Fund for Santa Barbara’s Human Rights Award, promoting social justice and human rights: “Good Kurds, Bad Kurds,” directed by Kevin McKiernan.
A Special Jury Mention for Documentary Short: “Shroud of Silence,” directed by Michael Cicero.
The Bruce C. Corwin Award, given for best short film, 20 minutes in length or less: “Echo.”
The Best Animated Short Award, given for best animated short film 20 minutes in length or less: “When The Day Breaks,” directed by Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis.
The First Place winner of The Peter Stark Screenwriting Competition: “Bad Company,” written by Jeff Jackson.