The highlight of Day 4 of Nashville Film Festival came at the close of the night when NaFF Artistic Director, Brian Owens announced winners of this year’s Jury Prizes for Short Films were announced in a ceremony inside the VIP Tent. Among the winners were What Tears Us Apart, Garden Party and Refugee. Being awarded NaFF’s Grand Jury Prize helps get these three films one step closer to submission for the 2018 Academy Awards eligibility process, provided they meet all other Academy requirements. After receiving the NaFF honor in 2015, Bear Story went on to win an Oscar in 2016. Last year’s Academy Award-nominated Borrowed Time was also a recent NaFF honoree.
The full list of Sunday’s honorees is as follows:
The Grand Jury Prize in the Narrative Shorts Competition–What Tears Us Apart (director Hu Wei)
Best U.S. Narrative Short–American Paradise (director Joe Talbot) Best International Short–Import (director Ena Sendijarevic)
Honorable Mention Best U.S. Short–A Funeral for Lightning (director Emily Kai Bock)
Honorable Mention Best International Short–Thank You Mr. Imada (director Sylvain Chomet)
Grand Jury Prize Best Animated Short–Garden Party (directors Florian Babikian, Vincent Bayoux, Victor Caire, Theophile Dufresne, Gabriel Grapperon, Lucas Na)
Honorable Mention–Kaputt/Broken – The Woman’s Prison at Hoheneck (directors Volker Schlecht & Alexander Lahl)
Honorable Mention–E is for Evolution (director Paul Kusmaul)
Grand Jury Prize Best Documentary Short–Refugee, (directors Emily Moore & Joyce Chen)
Honorable Mention–Moriom (directors Francesca Scalisi & Mark Olexa)
Grand Jury Prize Best Experimental Short–Edge of Alchemy (director Stacey Steers)
Honorable Mention-The Reflection of Power (director Mihai Grecu)
Grand Jury Prize Best College Student Short–The Art of Not Appearing (director Pernille Rivedal Hellevik)
Honorable Mention–The Alan Dimension (director Jac Clinchwhile) Special Jury Prize for her performance in Spilt Milk. was awarded to Lucy Chapel
Graveyard Shift Grand Jury Prize–I Am the Doorway (director Robin Kasparik)
Honorable Mention–Pearlies (Quenottes) (directors Pascal Thiebaux & Gil Pinheiro)
Special Jury Prize for Exuberance, Vision and Naughtiness–Ghosting the Party (director Carlos Alberto Fernandez Lopez)
Tennessee First (a category for films made in Tennessee and/or by Tennessee residents)
Grand Jury Prize Best Tennessee Narrative Short–A Funeral for Lightning (director Emily Kai Bock)
Best Tennessee Documentary Short–Still Sophie (director Caroline Knight)
Best Tennessee Student Short–Millennium Girl (director by Grayson Propst)
Young Filmmakers Grand Jury Prize–Jouska (director Wynter Rhys). Rhys’ prize comes with an offer of a $20,000 scholarship to Watkins College of Art, Design and Film.
The Nashville Film Festival continues through Saturday, April 29 when it culminates with the presentation of Feature Film Awards and the Shorts Audience Awards winners.
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