Every year, Local Sightings awards one feature and one short film with a cash prize. Festival programmers select outstanding films for the festival’s competition, and guest jurors view the competing films during the festival to decide final awards. The winning feature filmmaker receives $500 in cash, additional screenings at Northwest Film Forum, and new in 2015: licensing in the Fandor library. The winning short filmmaker receives $250 in cash, $250 of studio time and equipment rental, and new in 2015: licensing in the Fandor library.
The Seattle Composers Alliance announces the fourth year of its Local Sightings award for best original score, for features and shorts. Judges include James Richter, Susan Maughlin-Woods, Michaud Savage, and Stan LePard. The winning feature composer receives $500 and the short composer $250.
Naked City Brewery announces the fifth year of its Local Sightings audience award, featuring the people’s choice for best feature and short films. The winners will receive an encore at The Screening Room, at the Brewery Taphouse in Greenwood. Look for voting boxes in the Film Forum lobby following each festival screening.
JURY PRIZE NOMINATED FILMS
Drawing the Tiger – Amy Benson – Seattle, WA
Slackjaw – Zach Weintraub – Portland, OR
Sitting on the Edge of Marlene – Ana Valine – Vancouver, B.C.
Where God Likes to Be – Nicholas Hudak – Kalispell, MT
Maiden of Deception Pass – Tracy Rector – Seattle, WA
Thirsting – Ethan Steinman – Kirkland, WA
On Mothers and Daughters – Maria Gallen-Kallela
Hidden Picture – Hayley Park – Seattle, WA
Every Beautiful Thing – Sonya Lea – Seattle, WA
American Gladiators – Lara Gallagher – Portland, OR