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Slamdance closes 2016 festival with boisterous awards ceremony

Brian Golden Davis happily accepts the Audience Award for Documentary Feature, the first of two Slamdance Awards, for his film "The Million Dollar Duck" at the Slamdance Film Festival Awards Thursday night. Davis also won the Jury Award for Documentary Feature. (Jake Shane/Park Record)

Slamdance went quackers over a documentary about a duck stamp competition Thursday night.

During it’s rambunctious awards ceremony held at Treasure Mountain Inn, Brian Golden Davis’ "The Million Dollar Duck" pulled in the Audience Award for Documentary Feature and the Jury Award for Documentary Feature.

"When you start making a film about people who paint ducks and try to get that on a stamp, the first thing that runs through your mind is that audiences might not like it," Davis said when he accepted the Audience Award. "When I saw the first cut of the film, I was pretty much right. So it’s great to see the film come from that and get it to where the film is now and that audiences are somehow liking it."

The ceremony, which was emceed by Slamdance co-founder Dan Mirvish, started out with comments from two other co-founders Paul Rachman and Peter Baxter.

"All the filmmakers here tonight, whether you win or lose, are joining a great group of filmmakers," Rachman said to the standing-room-only crowd. "Congratulations to you all."

Baxter took the microphone and reiterated Rachman’s sentiment.

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"You all are part of the family," Baxter said. "It’s a dysfunctional one, but it’s been around for a long time."

Joking aside, Baxter congratulated the filmmakers and said every film selected for this year’s festival showed the power of independent film.

"In many ways, you have changed our lives and enriched [them] and we really appreciate that," he said. "Thank you very much for making it great."

Juries of industry experts and filmmakers decided which films in the Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature and Short Film categories would win the awards, known as "The Sparkys."

Also handed out were Audience Awards and the Spirit of Slamdance, an award given by filmmakers to the filmmaker who best embodies the spirit of the Festival, and additional sponsored awards included this year’s Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Grand Prize.

The feature competition films in the Documentary and Narrative Programs are limited to first-time filmmakers working with production budgets of less than $1 million.

The awards are as follows:

AUDIENCE AWARDS

  • Audience Award for Narrative Feature: "Honey Buddies," dir. Alex Simmons
  • Audience Award for Documentary Feature: "The Million Dollar Duck," dir. Brian Golden Davis

    JURY AWARDS- NARRATIVE

    Jury comprised of Julie La’Bassiere, Erik Jambor and Damon Russell.

  • Jury Award for Narrative Feature: "Driftwood," dir. Paul Taylor
  • Jury Honorable Mention for Acting — Narrative Feature: "Hunky Dory," dir. Michael Curtis Johnson, starring Tomas Pais and Edouard Holdener

    JURY AWARDS DOCUMENTARY

    Jury comprised of Skizz Cyzyk, Vanessa Hope and Steve Yu.

  • Jury Award for Documentary Feature: "The Million Dollar Duck," dir. Brian Golden Davis. The award winner was granted $3,500 in legal services from Pierce Law Group.

  • Jury Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature: "Art of the Prank," dir. Andrea Marini
  • Jury Award for Documentary Short: "If Mama Ain’t Happy, Nobody’s Happy," dir. Mea de Jong. The award winner qualifies for the Annual Academy Awards.
  • Jury Honorable Mention for Cinematography — Documentary Short: "The Bullet," dir. Jordan Bahat, cinematography by Mike Gioulakis

    JURY AWARDS – SHORT FILMS

    Jury comprised of Steve Montal, Ina Pira and Mark Shapiro.

  • Jury Award for Narrative Short: "Winter Hymns," dir. Dusty Mancinelli. The award winner qualifies for the Annual Academy Awards.
  • Jury Honorable Mention for Narrative Short: "The Beast," dir. Daina Oniunas Pusic
  • Jury Award for Animation Short: "My Dad," dir. Marcus Armitage. The award winner qualifies for the Annual Academy Awards
  • Jury Honorable Mention for Animation Short: "Flaws," dir. Josh Shaffner

    The below Short Film winners were selected by a jury comprised of Wally Chung, Dekker Dreyer and Jack Sargeant.

  • Jury Award for Experimental Short: "Infrastructures," dir. Aurèle Ferrier
  • Jury Honorable Mention for Experimental Short: "Cup of Stars," dir. Ryan Betschart, Tyler Betschart
  • Jury Award for Anarchy Short: "Disco Inferno," dir. Alice Waddington
  • Jury Honorable Mention for Anarchy Short: "Gwilliam," dir. Brian Lonano
  • Jury Honorable Mention for Anarchy Short: "Hi How Are You Daniel Johnston?" dir. Gabriel Sunday

    SPECIAL AWARDS

    The Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking awards jury was comprised of Jeremy Osbern, Misti Boland, Lindsey Haun, Michael Dunaway, Ben Kasulke, Leah Shore and Tina Mabry.

  • Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Grand Prize: "Small Talk," dir. Hilary Campbell
  • Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Honorable Mention: "You Will Find a Way," dir. A.J. Molle
  • Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking Honorable Mention: "Eyes of the City," dir. Luke Randall
  • Spirit of Slamdance Award: Cast and crew of "Fursonas," dir. Dominic Rodriguez

    For more information, visit http://www.slamdance.com.