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Blackbird, High triumph at Sonoma

Jason Buxton’s Blackbird was named best world feature as the 16th annual Sonoma International Film Festival came to a close on Sunday [14].

Nikki Braendlin’s As High As The Sky claimed the best American independent feature award and Terms And Conditions May Apply from Cullen Hoback scooped the corresponding documentary prize.

Chance Of Rain by Philipp C Wolter won best narrative short and Johan Palmgren’s The Flogsta Roar took the documentary award.

The Stolman Audience Award of $1,000 for best American independent feature went to As High As The Sky and the A³ Audience Award of $1,000 for best documentary was presented to Zach Ingrasci, Sean Leonard and Chris Temple’s Living On One Dollar.

The audience award of $1,000 for best world feature went to Jackie (Netherlands) from Antoinette Beumer.

“This has been an extraordinary year,” said SIFF executive director Kevin McNeely. “We are energised by the talent we’ve seen by both emerging and established film-makers and we’ve enjoyed introducing them to our vibrant community.”

The Iceman [pictured] and A Monkey On My Shoulder (A Coeur Ouvert) bookended the festival and Sonoma Spotlight Awards went to Demián Bichir and Mary-Louise Parker.

Programme strands included Latin spotlight Vamos Al Cine (Cinema En Español). The festival ran from Apr 10-14.

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