Florida Fest doubles kudos

'Catfish,' 'Genghis' win narrative, docu nods

For the first time in the history of the Florida Film Festival, the grand jury and audience awards were bestowed this year to the same films in the same categories.

Chi Muoi Lo’s narrative feature “Catfish in Black Bean Sauce” and Roko Belic’s docu “Genghis Blues” were the big winners in the narrative and documentary competitions, respectively.

Also in the narrative feature category, Jonathan Kahn’s “Girl” won the special jury award and Katya Bankowsky’s “Shadow Boxers” received best first feature.

In the shorts competition, “Fishbelly White,” directed by Michael Burke, won the grand jury award and “Peep Show,” directed by Charlie Call, earned the audience award.

Audience awards were determined by ballot after festival screenings; jury award recipients were chosen by the feature, documentary, short and student juries, consisting of industry members.

Other winners include:

  • Best Documentary Short: “The Last Guy to Let You Down,” directed by Rolf Gibbs

  • Live Action Short: “Big Wheel,” directed by Jeff Taupier

  • Animated Short: “Elevator World,” directed by Mitchell Rose

  • Kodak Cinematography Award: “An I Within,” directed by Hamid Rahmanian and shot by John Roy Morgan

  • Student Work: “Slow Dancin’ Down the Aisles of the Quickcheck,” directed by Thomas Wade Jackson.
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