Full Frame winners – no surprises…

Yesterday Full Frame announced their awards for the 2006 edition of their documentary film festival. As far as North American doc fests go, there’s Full Frame, Hot Docs, Hot Springs, Silverdocs and a handful of others. So when I read the list of winners…I was disappointed. Not because the films aren’t good, there’s just nothing new. Or…what is new is overpowered by the films of Sundance and other award winners.

    FULL FRAME GRAND JURY AWARD
    Iraq in Fragments
    Directed by James Longley
    -Won 3 prizes at Sundance, plus a handful of prizes at other fests.

    FULL FRAME GRAND JURY AWARD SPECIAL MENTION
    A Lion in the House
    Directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert.
    -Preemed at Sundance, has played a handful of other fests and will air on PBS this summer.

    FULL FRAME AUDIENCE AWARD
    The Trials of Darryl Hunt
    Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg. An HBO Documentary Film.
    -Preemed at Sundance, has played a handful of other fests and will air on HBO.

    FULL FRAME JURY AWARD
    FOR BEST SHORT
    No Umbrella: Election Day in the City
    Directed by Laura Paglin.
    -Preemed at Sundance, has played a handful of other fests and has distribution through Ironweed.

    CENTER FOR DOCUMENTARY STUDIES
    FILMMAKER AWARD
    and
    FULL FRAME/EMERGING PICTURES AUDIENCE AWARD
    The Refugee All Stars
    Directed by Zach Niles and Banker White.
    -Preemed at AFI Fest and won an award, has played more than a handful of other fests.

    CHARLES E. GUGGENHEIM
    EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
    I for India
    Directed by Sandhya Suri.
    -Preemed at Sundance, has played a handful of other fests.

    FULL FRAME INSPIRATION AWARD
    My Country, My Country
    Directed by Laura Poitras. A POV/ITVS Film.
    Played at SXSW, has played a handful of other fests and will air on POV/PBS in October.

    FULL FRAME PRESIDENT’S AWARD
    The Intimacy of Strangers
    Directed by Eva Weber.
    Preemed at Edinburgh, has played a handful of other fests.

    FULL FRAME
    WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP AWARD
    Smiling in a War Zone
    Directed by Simone Aaberg Kaern and Magnus Bejmar.
    -Preemed at IDFA, has played a handful of fests and has distribution through filmstransit.

    FULL FRAME/WORKING FILMS AWARD
    Rain in a Dry Land
    Directed by Anne Makepeace. A POV/ITVS Film.
    -Has played plenty of fests.

    SEEDS OF WAR
    Sir! No Sir!
    Directed by David Zeiger.
    -Preemed at the LA Film Festival in 2005, played fests all year, nominated for Independent Spirit Award and currently playing theatrically through Balcony Releasing.

    Workingman’s Death
    Directed by Michael Glawogger.
    Preemed at 62. MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE D’ARTE CINEMATOGRAFICA
    and then played Toronto and a handful of other fests, some theatrical, distribution through Paul Thiltges Distributions.

I’ll be the first to say that I’m thrilled when a documentary gets distribution, that more people get to see it and the profile of that doc and the genre itself is raised up. I guess I’d just like to get a little excited, to discover something new and not heave a sigh with everyone’s Sundance agreement.

2 Responses to “Full Frame winners – no surprises…”

  1. Doug Block Says:

    Odd that Full Frame ended on the 9th and didn’t send out their list of winners ’til the 24th? It’s not like IndieWIRE and others hadn’t already posted them. Why oh why do fests do that, hallowed Doc Insider?

  2. Sarah Jo Says:

    Who knows really why festivals do lots of things that they do, Doug. Your guess is as good as mine. SJ

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