PROVIDENCE – The Flickers: Rhode Island International Film Festival on Tuesday announced the winners of its 18th annual festival awards, presented at an Aug. 10 ceremony held at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum in Providence.
The grand prize winners of the festival’s “Best Short Film” and “Best Documentary Short” awards become the festival’s official nominations for Academy Award consideration. The 2014 grand prize winners are “Jennah,” directed by Meryem Benm’Barek of Belgium for “Best Short Film” and “Scattered” by U.S. director Lindsay Lindenbaum for “Best Documentary Short.”
“Jennah” follows the story of a young woman facing a difficult transition to adulthood, the Rhode Island International Film Festival said in a release announcing the winners, while “Scattered” explores the role that photographs and home videos play in remembering the past.
The Rhode Island International Film Festival is among 19 film festivals worldwide accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as an official qualifier in the short film and short documentary categories. To date, 33 films that premiered at the Rhode Island festival have gone on to receive Oscar nominations, and seven of those 33 won the Oscar.
More than 250 feature-length, documentary and short films from 62 countries and 34 U.S. states were screened during the six-day festival hosted Aug. 5-10 in Providence, Newport, Bristol, Woonsocket and Jamestown, selected from a record entry base of more than 5,400 submissions.
“This year, thanks to Steven Feinberg, executive director of the R.I. Film & Television Office, and the city of Providence, we knocked the ball out of the park, raising the bar for future festivals,” said George T. Marshall, executive director of the Rhode Island International Film Festival. “We welcomed over 200 international filmmakers from across the globe who were able to experience true Rhode Island hospitality.”
In addition to naming the 2014 grand prize winners, the Rhode Island International Film Festival also presented its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to actor, folksinger, musician, composer and artist Theo Bikel, who helped create the Newport Folk Festival and has performed in a number of memorable roles both on screen and on stage.
Other awards presented to individual actors, screenwriters and industry professionals included:
- Creative Vision Award: Carol Patton, publisher, Imagine Magazine
- Roger Williams Independent Voice Award: Eric R. Bronner, Rhode Island musician/artist/educator
- Grand Prize Screenplay Award: Jenna Sullivan & Quentin James of Marshfield, Mass., for “Growing Things”
This year’s winners of the Producer’s Circle Awards, presented to members of the community who have actively worked to support and promote the mission of Flickers, were Julibeth Andrews, Keith Brown, Letitia Carter, Laura Collela, Shawn Drywa, Nancy Nicholson, Desi Washington and Jessica Wong.
The complete list of 2014 festival award winners is as follows:
BEST SHORT FILM
- Grand Prize: “Jennah” by Meryem Benm'Barek, Belgium (Official Academy Award Nomination)
- First Prize: “Keys to Heaven” by Hamy Ramezan, Finland/Turkey
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
- Grand Prize: “Scattered” by Lindsay Lindenbaum, U.S. (Official Academy Award Nomination)
- First Prize (Tie): “Secret World of Foley” by Daniel Jewel, U.K.
- First Prize (Tie): “Showfolk” by Ned McNeilage, U.S.