If you made it to the festival then you know before each screening they ask you to vote for the Allen H (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award (probably the longest award name ever). Using their secret counting system (I asked once and they refused to tell me how they do it) they come up with a winner.
This year the feature film winner was the documentary Romeo is Bleeding. The movie about a California High School as the students write their own version of Romeo and Juliet based on gang violence in their neighborhood.
The short film winner was Grounded (Au Sol) a French Film that played during the Modern Family short program. The film is about a mom and daughter who are stuck at the airport as they try to get to the grandmothers funeral.
The festival continues to grow and this year saw it's largest attendance yet. This year attendance was 70,885 with 77 sold out screenings. In 2014 the attendance was 64,1857 with 72 sold out screenings.
The Jury award winners that were previously announced are
Herzfeld Competition Award
No One's Child (dir. Vuk Ršumović)
Cream City Cinema
Lemon (dir. John Roberts)
Cream City Cinema Special Jury Prize
The Sound Man (dir. Chip Duncan)
Documentary Jury Award
The Look of Silence (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer)
Shorter Is Better Award
Giovanni and the Water Ballet (dir. Astrid Bussink)
Shorter Is Better Special Jury Prizes
We Can't Live Without Cosmos (dir. Konstantin Bronzit)
De Smet (dirs. Thomas Baerten, Wim Geudens)
Kids Choice Short Film Award
A Place in the Middle (dirs. Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson)
Kids Choice Special Jury Prizes
Papa (dir. Natalie Labarre)
Johnny Express (dir. James Woo
We Can't wait to see what next year brings. And stay tuned here as we finish up writing our reviews from the festival.