Vail Film Fest announces award recipients for 12th annual event |

Vail Film Fest announces award recipients for 12th annual event

"Slow West" won best feature film at the Vail Film Festival.
Special to the Weekly |

VAIL — The 12th annual Vail Film Festival, which took place this past weekend in Vail, announced the official award recipients for this year’s festival earlier this week. The festival showcased 74 films from across the globe, including 25 feature-length narrative and documentary films and 49 other films, including shorts, animated films and student films. Throughout the festival, pass holders enjoyed numerous screenings, parties, events and a hospitality lounge. Beyond the film screenings and nightly parties, the festival presented the annual Friday Night Concert, presented by Los Angeles’ renowned Hotel Cafe.

“We are tremendously proud of this year’s film program, which received rave reviews from attending guests and filmmakers. We’d like to congratulate the 2015 award winners and all of our filmmakers for their outstanding work,” said Scott Cross, Vail Film Festival co-director. “The 2015 Vail Film Festival was a great success. We are thankful to the filmmakers, patrons, volunteers, staff and sponsors for their generous support.”


The 2015 Vail Film Festival jurors recognized outstanding films in the following categories:

Best Feature Film: “Slow West,” winner of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, was written and directed by John Maclean and stars Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Rory McCann. It follows a 16-year-old boy on a journey across 19th Century frontier America in search of the woman he loves, while accompanied by a mysterious traveler, Silas.

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Best Documentary: “Becoming Bulletproof,” written and directed by Michael Barnett and starring Will Halby and A.J. Murray, tells the story of a diverse group of disabled people from across the U.S. taking on leadership roles in a magical rip-roaring costume drama Western, filmed on vintage Hollywood locations. This riveting film within a film raises questions about why we so rarely see disabled actors on the big screen.

Best Short Film: “Oh Lucy!,” directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi, is a film about Setsuko, a 55-year-old single “office lady” in Tokyo, who is given a blonde wig and a new identity, Lucy, by her unconventional English instructor. “Lucy” awakens desires Setsuko never knew she had.

Best Student Film: “Scumbag,” written and directed by Luke Spears, is a tale of an investment banker who is forced to desperate action after a chance encounter with a face from his past.

Audience Award for Best Environmental Film: “Mexico Pelagico,” written and directed by Jeronimo Prieto, focuses on the Pelagic Life team that is chasing the elusive sardine baitball in the open ocean near Baja, California, when they stumble upon a crude shark fishing operation that sparks a shift in the group’s thinking. “Mexico Pelagico” invites the audience to engage with Mexico’s rich and majestic oceanic treasures, to be inspired and awed to take up the mantle of respect and conversation through ecotourism.

The 2015 Audience Award: “The Grand Seduction,” directed by Don McKellar and starring Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitch, Liane Balaban and Gordon Pinsent, is a story about a dying Newfoundland fishing village that, in attempt to survive, must convince a young doctor to take up residence by any means necessary.

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