The 15th annual Sarasota Film Festival ended Sunday, and one of the last major pieces of business was the ceremony at Sarasota Opera House where the winner of the festivals’ jury and audience awards were announced. Actor Cheryl Hines hosted.
“Laurence Anyways,” directed by Xavier Dolan. took home this year’s Narrative Feature Jury Prize. “After Tiller,” directed by Martha Shane and Lana Wilson was the Documentary Jury Prize winner.
Two special jury prizes were awarded. In the narrative category, “It Felt Like Love.” directed by Eliza Hittman, took home a Special Jury Prize, and in the documentary feature competition a special jury prize for direction went to “Survival Prayer,” directed by Benjamin Greenè.
The festival’s Independent Visions Award went to “The Dirties,” directed by Matthew Johnson. The jury also gave a special "On Golden Pond" Award for Artistic Accomplishment to “This Is Martin Bonner,” directed by Chad Hartigan.
The Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature winner was “The Forgotten Kingdom,” directed by Andrew Mudge, and the Audience Award for Best Documentary went to “Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde,” directed by Suzanne Mitchell
The Best In World Cinema Audience Award went to “The Angel’s Share,” directed by Ken Loach.
“This is Normal” and director Derek Watson won the Audience Award for Best Short Film.