23 March, 2013

Atlanta Film Festival: 2013 award winners

Deragh Campbell stars in Best Narrative Feature award winner,
"I Used To Be Darker"

Though I'm a bit behind in my ATLFF coverage so far this year, hopefully you've at least been able to gather from Twitter, Facebook and the few reviews posted so far that this year has been an incredible, transformative experience for the 37-year-old circuit staple. The festival 'closes out' tonight with James Ponsoldt's Georgia-produced "The Spectacular Now," but tomorrow's schedule features plenty of special presentations, encores and second chances to catch this year's award winners. Matthew Porterfield's "I Used To Be Darker" takes home the Best Narrative Feature award. Porterfield previously won the same award in 2010 for his film "Putty Hill." Kalyanee Mam's quietly powerful study of Cambodia's surging cultural and economic change, "A River Changes Course," won the Best Documentary Feature award. One of my personal favorites of the festival, "Congratulations!" by Mike Brune, takes home Best Georgia Connected Film honors. Check out the full list of winners after the jump.

Best Narrative Feature
"I Used To Be Darker" (USA)
Director: Matthew Porterfield

Best Documentary Feature
"A River Changes Course" (Cambodia, USA)
Director: Kalyanee Mam

Best Pink Peach Feature
"God Loves Uganda" (USA)
Director: Roger Ross Williams

Best Narrative Short
"Gun" (USA)
Director: Spencer Gillis

Best Pink Peach Short
"Kiss Me" (USA)
Director: Jules Nurrish

Best Animated Short
"Oh Willy..." (Belgium, France, Netherlands)
Directors: Emma De Swaef and Marc James Roels

Best Documentary Short
"Guidestones" (USA [Georgia])
Director: Noel Brown

Best Music Video
"Rockers" performed by Orax (Italy)
Directors: Laila Sonsino and Rino Stefano Tagliafierro

Best Georgia Connected Film
"Congratulations!" (USA [Georgia])
Director: Mike Brune

Short Film Special Jury Prize
"Flexing Muscles" (Mexico, USA)
Director: Charles Fairbanks

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