The 13th Indie Memphis Film Festival wrapped last night with encore screenings and an awards ceremony. The big winner this year was Open Five, a collaboration between Memphis filmmaker Kentucker Audley and Memphis/New York musician Jake Rabinbach that follows four twentysomethings through a long weekend in Memphis.
Open Five, which is currently streaming for free on Audley's web site, won both the "Hometowner" award for best local feature and the festival's general jury prize for best feature.
The full list of winners:
2010 Indie Memphis Film Festival Awards
Narrative Feature Awards — presented by jury members Aaron Hillis and Elvis Mitchell
Best Narrative Feature:"Open Five"
Nice Shoes Award: "Audrey the Trainwreck"
The Nice Shoes award is presented to the director of one of the competition features to help them take their next production to a new level. A $25,000 value, the award includes 8 hours of color grading and 8 hours of finishing services at Nice Shoes, an artist-driven design, animation, VFX and color grading studio in New York City. The award includes a round trip flight to New York, to allow the award-winner to take advantage of their prize, no matter where they are based.
Special Jury Awards:
James DeForest Parker's performance in "The Colonel's Bride"
Narrative Ambition for "Mars"
"Blackmail Boys" for its combination of genre mix and playful indie spirit
Documentary Jury Awards — presented by jury members Peter Gilbert and Scott Mosier
Best Documentary Feature: "Thunder Soul"
Special Jury Award: "The Last Survivor"
Best Documentary Short: "Let Your Feet Do the Talking"
Short Film and Hometowner Jury Awards — presented by Skizz Cyzyk, Paula Martinez and Gabe Wardell
Best Short: "Daud"
Best Animated Short: "Prayers for Peace"
Best Experimental Short: "Advance"
Hometowner awards are sponosored by the Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commission,
Best Hometowner Feature (which included a $1,000 cash prize from the Film Commission): "Open 5"
Best Hometowner Short: "Training Wheels"
Best Hometowner Animated or Experimental Film: "Que Suera Savat"
RON TIBBETT EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING AWARD: "Gabi on the Roof in July"
SOUL OF SOUTHERN FILM AWARD: "General Orders No. 9"
Audience Award — Feature: "Earthwork"
Audience Award — Documentary: "Queen of the Sun"