‘Elena’ tops Sarasota fest

'Big Boys' wins for best docu at annnual Florida ceremony

“Elena,” directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev, has won the Narrative Feature Jury prize at The 2012 Sarasota Film Festival.

Winners of the jury and audience awards were announced on Saturday at the Sarasota Opera House.

“Big Boys Gone Bananas!” by director Fredrik Gertten won the fest’s Documentary Jury kudo.

“Alps,” from helmer Giorgos Lanthimos, took home a special jury prize in the narrative category. The jury’s Independent Vision Award went to Dan Sallit’s “The Unspeakable Act.”

The audience award for best narrative feature went to “Missed Connections” from helmer Martin Snyder. The aud’s docu award went to “Ethel,” directed by Rory Kennedy.

“We are so proud of all our filmmakers and films,” said Festival Director Tom Hall. “The goal of our festival is to connect the world of cinema with our community and this year’s film program is testament to the power of movies to inspire and move us.”

Complete list of winners:

Narrative Feature Competition Winner


Director, Andrei Zvyagintsev

Special Jury Prize for Creative Achievement


Director, Giorgos Lanthimos

Documentary Feature Competition

“Big Boys Gone Bananas!”

Director, Fredrik Gertten

Special Jury Prize, documentary

“Radio Unnameable”

Director, Paul Lovelace

Audience Awards

Best Documentary Feature


Directors, Rory Kennedy

Best Short Film

“Tick Tock Time Emporium”

Director, Morgan Faust

Best Narrative Feature

“Missed Connections”

Director, Martin Snyder

Best In World Cinema


Director, Maiwenn

Independent Vision Prize Winners

“The Unspeakable Act”

Director, Dan Sallitt

Special Jury Prize for Screenplay

“Richard’s Wedding”

Onur Tukel

Special Jury Prize for Performance

“Welcome to Pine Hill — Shanon Harper”

youthFEST Junior Jury Award Best Family Short Film

“Private Eyes”

Director, Nicoles Lemay

youthFEST Best Family Short Film Audience Award


Director, Marco Gianfreda

youthFEST Young Filmmakers Digital Showcase


Director, Gabriela Capestany.

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