Seattle Film Festival: 'Paper Birds,' 'To Be Heard' Take Top Prizes

The festival also gives its FIPRESCI Prize to "On the Ice."

Emilio Aragon's Paper Birds took the audience award for best film at the 37th Seattle International Film Festival, which concluded Sunday, while To Be Heard, directed by Roland Legiardi-Laura and Amy Sultan, claimed the audience award for best documentary.

The 25-day festival, which screened more than 450 films from 70 countries, gave jury awards to Andrew Okpeaha MacLean's On the Ice, which took the FIPRESCI Prize as best new American film; "Q" Kaushik Mukherjee, named best new director for Gandu; and Susan Saladoff's Hot Coffee, chosen best documentary. Special jury prizes were also awarded to To Be Heard and Sushi: The Global Catch, directed by Mark Hall.

Additional audience awards went to Larysa Kondracki, named best director for The Whistleblower; Bill Skarsgard, best actor for Simple SimonNatasha Petrovic, best actress for As If I Am Not There; and William Joyce's The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, best short film.

The Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision, presented by Women in Film/Seattle, which goes to a female director, was given to Constance Marks for Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey.

"I'm gratified that Seattle audiences continue to embrace the festival's wide-ranging selection of films from around the world, proving that Seattle filmgoers see more films per capita than any other city in the nation," SIFF artistic director Carl Spence said. "For the second year in a row, we have surpassed $1 million in ticket sales, making this another record-setting year." 


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