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Film Festival awards include audience choice: 'The Sapphires'

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 19, 2012 - "The Sapphires," an Australian film about a singing group like the Supremes, won the Audience Choice Award as best narrative feature at the 21st annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, it was announced at the closing-night party Sunday at the Contemporary Art Museum. The Audience Choice award for best international narrative feature went to "Quartet," the story of the tumultous reunion of a quartet of aging British opera singers. The Leon Award for best documentary went to "The Enterainers," about contemporary ragtime pianists.

The festival ended a successful 11-day run Sunday night.

Other winners included:

Juried competition awards

New Filmmakers Forum Emerging Filmmaker Award (The Bobbie)

Winner ($500 cash prize): “Faith, Love and Whiskey,” directed by Kristina Nikolova

Special Jury Citation: “Sun Don’t Shine,” directed by Amy Seimetz

St. Louis Film Critics’ Joe Pollack Awards

Best Narrative Feature: “Barbara,” directed by Christian Petzold

Special Jury Citation for Acting in Narrative Feature: Rachel Mwanza, lead actress of “War Witch”

Best Documentary Feature: “Uprising,” directed by Fredrik Stanton

Special Jury Citation for Documentary Feature: “We Are Wisconsin,” directed by Amie Williams

Alliance of Womens Film Journalists’ EDA Awards

Best Narrative Feature: “Sister,” directed by Ursula Meier

Special Jury Citation for Narrative Feature: “Found Memories,” directed by Julia Marat

Best Documentary Feature: “Seeking Asian Female,” directed by Debbie Lum

Special Jury Citation for Documentary Feature: “The World Before Her,” directed by Nisha Pahuja

Interfaith Awards

Best Narrative Feature: “War Witch,” directed by Kim Nguyen

Best Documentary Feature: “The Second Execution of Romell Broom,” directed by Michael Verhoeven

Special Jury Citation for Documentary Feature: “Stories from an Undeclared War,” directed by Dennis Rice

Midrash Award

Winner ($500 cash prize): “Seeking Asian Female,” directed by Debbie Lum

Short Film Awards

Best of Fest Short: “Pitch Black Heist,” directed by John Maclean

Best Local Short: “Paper Hallways,” directed by Cody Stokes

Best Short Short: “Colosse,” directed by Yves Geleyn

Best International Short: “Friend Request Pending,” directed by Chris Foggin

Best Animated Short: “Luminaris,” directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella

Best Live Action Short: “The Voorman Problem,” directed by Mark Gill

Best Documentary Short:  “Female,” directed by Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre

Special Jury Citation for Documentary Short: “Boomtown,” directed by Torben Bernhard & Travis Low

For more information on the winning films, visit the Cinema St. Louis Web site (www.cinemastlouis.org).

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