2015 VAIL FILM FESTIVAL AWARD WINNERS
· Best Feature Film – SLOW WEST
SLOW WEST, winner of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Grand Jury Prize. Written and directed by John Maclean and starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Rory McCann, SLOW WEST follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by mysterious traveler Silas.
The 2015 Audience Award – THE GRAND SEDUCTION
THE GRAND SEDUCTION, directed by Don McKellar and starring Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitch, Liane Balaban and Gordon Pinsent, is a story about a dying Newfoundland fishing village that in attempt to survive, must convince a young doctor to take up residence by any means necessary.
Best Documentary – BECOMING BULLETPROOF
BECOMING BULLETPROOF, written and directed by Michael Barnett and starring Will Halby and AJ Murray, tells the story of a diverse group of disabled people from across the U.S. taking on leadership roles in a magical rip-roaring costume drama Western, filmed on vintage Hollywood locations. This riveting film within a film raises questions about why we so rarely see disabled actors on the big screen.
· Best Short Film – OH LUCY!
OH LUCY!, directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, is a film about Setsuko, a 55-year-old single ‘office lady’ in Tokyo, who is given a blonde wig and a new identity, “Lucy,” by her unconventional English instructor. “Lucy” awakens desires Setsuko never knew she had.
· Best Student Film – SCUMBAG
SCUMBAG, written and directed by Luke Spears, is a tale of an investment banker who is forced to desperate action after a chance encounter with a face from his past.
· Audience Award for Best Environmental Film – MEXICO PELAGICO
MEXICO PELAGICO, written and directed by Jeronimo Prieto, focuses on the Pelagic Life team that is chasing the elusive sardine baitball in the open ocean near Baja, California, when they stumble upon a crude shark fishing operation that sparks a seismic shift in the group’s thinking. MEXICO PELAGICO invites the audience to engage with Mexico’s rich and majestic oceanic treasures, to be inspired and awed to take up the mantle of respect and conversation through ecotourism.