Taipei Suicide Story was a big winner at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival virtual awards ceremony on Thursday (February 25), taking narrative feature grand jury prize, audience and acting awards.
KEFF directed the Taiwanese film about a receptionist at a suicide hotel who forms a fleeting friendship with a guest who can’t decide whether to live or die. Award-winner Tender Huang stars.
Fredrik S. Hana’s Code Name: Nagasaki (Austria) won the documentary feature grand jury prize, while the George Starks Spirit of Slamdance Award went to Chelsea Christer, director of Bleeding Audio (USA).
The $25,000 AGBO Fellowship offering mentorship and development support, presented by Slamdance alumni Joe and Anthony Russo along with their colleagues at their production company, went to Agnieszka Polska, director of Hurrah, We Are Still Alive!
A full list of feature winners appears below:
Jury awards, narrative features
Narrative feature grand jury prize: Taipei Suicide Story directed by KEFF (Taiwan)
Honourable mention: A Family directed by Jayden Stevens (Australia)
Jury awards, documentary features
Documentary feature grand jury prize: CODE NAME: Nagasaki directed by Fredrik S. Hana (Austria)
Jury awards, breakout features
Breakout grand jury prize: No Trace directed by Simon Lavoie (Canada)
Honourable mention: A Black Rift Begins To Yawn directed by Matthew Wade (USA)
Slamdance Acting Award
Tender Huang, Taipei Suicide Story (Taiwan)
Honourable mention: Michelle Uranowitz, The Ultimate (USA)
The AGBO Fellowship award
Agnieszka Polska, director of Hurrah, We Are Still Alive! (Poland)
Slamdance Founder award
Award Winner: Tilane Jones, president of Array (USA)
George Starks Spirit of Slamdance Award
Winner: Chelsea Christer, director of Bleeding Audio (USA)
Honourable Mention: Mohammad Mohammadian, director of Life (Iran)
Audience Awards winners
Best narrative feature: Taipei Suicide Story directed by KEFF (Taiwan)
Documentary feature: Holy Frit directed by Justin Monroe (USA)
Episodic: The Little Broomstick Rider directed by Matteo Bernardini (Italy).
The 27th Slamdance Film Festival ran from February 12-15 and will host a “Best Of Fest weekend” highlighting its award-winning films from February 26-28.