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Slamdance fetes ‘Girls’

Pic wins pair of awards at fest

Dicke Madchen’s “Heavy Girls” has won a pair of Slamdance awards — a Special Jury Award for Bold Originality and a Spirit of Slamdance Sparky Award.

The kudos were announced Thursday night at the conclusion of the 18th annual fest — a low-budget alternative to Sundance in a ceremony at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah.

“What a great way to end Slamdance’s 18th festival – by celebrating the films our excellent jurors and incredible audiences have awarded these emerging filmmakers,” said Peter Baxter, Co-Founder and President of Slamdance. “This years narrative and documentary competitions are stronger than ever, and these filmmakers represent the vanguard of true independent filmmaking.”

Audience Award for feature documentary went to “Getting Up” by Caskey Ebeling while Andrew Edison’s “Bindlestiffs” won the Audience Award for feature narrative.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Narrative went to “Welcome to Pine Hill” by Keith Miller.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Feature Documentary went to “No Ashes, No Phoenix” by Jens Pfeifer.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Short Documentary went to Skylar Neilsen.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Animation went to “Venus” by Tor Fruergaard.

Grand Jury Sparky Award for Short Film went to “I Am John Wayne” by Christina Choe.

Special Jury Prize for Experimental Short went to “Solipist” by Andrew Huang.

Honorable Mention for Best Ensemble went to “I’m Coming Over” by Sam Handel.

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