Served on the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) ShortsFest Jury, for narrative shorts (awarding Best Live-Action Short). The jury consists of Stefanie Malone (NFFTY), Tracy Rector (Longhouse Media) and myself. SIFF is an Academy Awards qualifying festival.

Awarded the Live Action Grand Jury Prize to:

The Chicken (Croatia, Germany), directed by Una Gunjak

JURY STATEMENT: An expertly crafted narrative that explores life and death through the eyes of a young girl. With a film full of authentic performances, Iman Alibalic is extraordinary as the six-year-old protagonist who receives a live chicken from her father for her birthday, and soon realizes it's meant for dinner. This is an emotional film with a production quality that continues to move the story along and underscore the realities of life in a war zone.

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Hole (Canada), directed by Martin Edralin

JURY STATEMENT: Hole is a brave exploration of human sexuality and yearning for intimacy through the eyes of a lonely, forgotten, disabled man in the heart of Toronto. Ken Harrower delivers a captivating performance that transcends any labels or limitations and speaks to the need for human connection.