Richard Linklater’s acclaimed family portrait won the Golden Space Needle Award for best film and best director honours as the 40th Seattle International Film Festival came to a conclusion on Sunday (June 8).
The corresponding documentary honour went to Keep On Keepin’ On by Alan Hicks, while Dawid Ogrodnik was named best actor for Life Feels Good and Patricia Arquette best actress for Boyhood.
Best short film went to Cody Blue Snider’s Fool’s Day and the Lena Sharpe Award For Persistence Of Vision prize went to Bound: Africans Versus African Americans by Peres Owino.
In the competition awards, Carlos Marques-Marcet earned the SIFF 2014 Best New Director Grand Jury Prize for 10,000KM, while the documentary prize went to Marmato, directed by Mark Grieco.
“This has been an extraordinary 40th anniversary festival,” said artistic director Carl Spence. “From welcoming back Richard Linklater to Seattle with his groundbreaking epic Boyhood, to honouring Laura Dern, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Quincy Jones for their masterful work, to welcoming Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has brought Big Bird and Oscar The Grouch to life for years, to the hundreds of first-time directors making their debut, it’s been another year of indelible cinematic experiences.
“Every year, it’s so thrilling to see our legendary Seattle audiences discover our line-up of films and wholly immerse themselves in the festival experience. Congratulations to every single film and filmmaker that we had the opportunity to present.”
The 25-day festival opened on May 15 and screened 452 films from 83 countries. For further details about winners click here.