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Santa Cruz Film Festival Award Winners Announced at Closing Night Gala, Saturday, May 15 at the Historic Del Mar Theatre

The Santa Cruz Film Festival, an annual celebration of independent cinema and culture in California's Greater Monterey Bay area, announced on Saturday, May 15 the winners of the Grand Jury Prizes and Audience Awards.

The juries for each of the award sections was comprised of local and industry professionals that reviewed five selections in each category.  Winners were chosen based on a weighted average of quantitative results submitted by each juror.

Audience award winners were determined on weighted averages based on ballots completed by the over 4,300 Festival attendees after each screening.

"The Festival congratulates the 16 films that were winners in the Grand Jury and Audience Award competitions.  The achievements made by this creative, diverse group is truly remarkable," said Julian Soler, Director of Programming. "We look forward to contributing their continued success, and to supporting and celebrating the work of all 133 films the Festival presented in 2010.  They're all winners."


Best Narrative Feature

Do Elephants Pray?  (Paul Hills, UK/France)


Emerging Filmmaker Prize

Machotaildrop  (Corey Adams & Alex Craig, USA/Canada)


Best Documentary Feature

House of Numbers  (Brent W. Leung, USA/UK/Canada/China/South Africa/Germany/France/Switzerland)


Best EarthVision Environmental Film

Burning in the Sun  (Cambria Matlow & Morgan Robinson, USA/Mali)



Morton Marcus Memorial Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

Liquor Store Cactus  (Eugene Kim, USA)


Best Documentary Feature

La Vie en Verte: The WAMM Movie  (Charlie Hall & Bevin Bell-Hall, USA)


Best EarthVision Environmental Film

Paddle to Seattle: Journey through the Inside Passage (J.J. Kelley & Josh Thomas, USA)


Best Narrative Short

Cried Suicide  (Lauren Palmigiano, USA)


Best Documentary Short

Ride a Wave  (Rocky Romano, USA)


Best Animated Film

Dock Ellis & The LSD No-No (James Blagden, USA)


Best Experimental Work

Plastic and Glass  (Tessa Joosse, France)


Best International Film

Garbage Dreams (Mai Iskander, USA/Egypt)


Best Locally Produced Work

Until We Meet Again... Building a School in Tanzania (Peggy Selz, USA/Tanzania)


Best Student Produced Work (University level)

Annie in the Aisle of Irma  (Tess Sweet, USA)


Evan Kuhn Memorial Audience Award for Best Youth-Produced Work

Youth Voices '08 (Sydney Matterson, USA)



Given by the Festival to a film that had a unique and special impact and response.

The Westsiders (Joshua Pomer, USA)

Complete details about all of the films can be found at the Festival website:


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