Congratulations to the 2016 NIFF Award Winners! What an amazing year filled with tons of fantastic films. Where all the movies were really award worthy, here are the ones that took home the prize.
Audience Award FOR BEST SHORT Presented by
Seminole Hotel Casino
For years, Phil dreamt of walking the 500-mile ancient pilgrimage route across Spain, El Camino de Santiago. Although this was an unattainable dream due to weekly chemo treatments, it did not stop him from walking. Crafting a path through wood and pasture on his 10-acre plot of land on Vashon Island, Seattle, Phil re-creates the Camino path in his own backyard.
AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST dOCUMENTARY PRESENTED BY
SEMINOLE HOTEL CASINO
THE REBOUND follows the underdog journey of the Miami Heat Wheels, a wheelchair basketball team, in their quest for a national title. Three adaptive athletes rally their team to victory while confronting obstacles on and off the court. The story is a visceral portrait of the athletes’ journey to realize their dreams while facing life’s biggest challenges.
AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST NARRATIVE PRESENTED BY
SEMINOLE HOTEL CASINO
After his ex-girlfriend disappears, Sidney, a glam rock dilettante, is forced to look after his 11-year-old son full-time. His 'cool dad' facade quickly falls apart and his life goes into full tailspin as he struggles to let go of his rock-and-roll lifestyle.
niff INDIE SPIRIT AWARD
A raw, intimate look into the struggles of six small-town teens on the verge of high school graduation, THE OTHER KIDS is a bold and original hybrid of fiction & non-fiction in which real teenagers collaborated with director Chris Brown to tell their own gripping, personal stories.
NIFF NEAPOLITAN AWARD
'Learning to See' tells the story of insect photographer Robert Oelman. Struggling with a mid-life crisis, Robert moves to Colombia. On his journeys, we watch as he forms a special bond with his subjects. This connection enables him to make striking photographic images of new and undocumented species.
NIFF RISING STAR AWARD
Filmed in only three days and entirely inside a moving car, Fare is a dramatic thriller about a cab driver who discovers a renewed fight to win back his wife after a chance encounter with her secret lover. Over the course of one night inside the driver's car, husband, wife and lover will test the limits of their relationships, and one of them may not make it out alive.
NIFF GRAND PRIZE AWARD
Joe, a programmer and obsessive self-quantifier, and Emily, a budding comedy performer, are happily married until they decide to use one another in their work.