SIFF 2018 Award Winners

Award-Winning Feature Films from the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival

Dead Pigs

China | 2018 | 130 minutes | Cathy Yan

Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - New Directors Competition and the China Stars Award for Best First Film | Five Shanghai residents find their lives converging amidst the backdrop of a mysterious river of dead swine.

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Eighth Grade

USA | 2018 | 93 minutes | Bo Burnham

Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Film and Best Actress (Elsie Fisher) | A 13-year-old girl navigates the final week of her disastrous eight grade year.

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Girls Always Happy

China | 2018 | 117 minutes | Mingming Yang

Winner of the SIFF 2018 China Stars Award for Best New Talent | A college graduate stuck living at home clashes with her mother over everything from marriage to money to table manners.

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Inventing Tomorrow

USA | 2018 | 105 minutes | Laura Nix

Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - Documentary Competition | Brilliant teenage minds come together to devise solutions to climate change in this life-affirming science documentary.

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My Name is Myeisha

USA | 2017 | 85 minutes | Gus Krieger

Winner of the SIFF 2018 Youth Jury Prize for Best FutureWave Feature | A heartrending dreamscape of a black teen’s life and dreams replaying as she becomes a statistic of police violence.

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Pick of the Litter

USA | 2017 | 80 minutes | Don Hardy Jr., Dana Nachman

Winner fo the Lena Sharpe Award for Persistence of Vision | Five Labrador litter-mates are trained from birth for the chance to become guide dogs for the visually impaired.

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Rust

Brazil | 2018 | 100 minutes | Aly Muritiba

Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - Ibero-American Competition | When a Brazilian teenager's sex video goes viral, she commits one desperate act that shocks her enite community.

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The Guilty

Denmark | 2018 | 85 minutes | Gustav Moller

Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Director (Gustav Möller) | An emergency dispatcher receives a panicked distress call from a woman, leading him on a frantic rescue mission.

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The Last Suit

Argentina | 2017 | 92 minutes | Pablo Solarz

Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor (Miguel Ángel Solá) | Coming to grips with his mortality, an elderly tailor searches for the man that once saved him from the Holocaust.

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The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Palestine | 2018 | 127 minutes | Muayad Alayan

Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - Official Competition | A love affair between an Israeli and Palestinian in embattled Jerusalem threatens to explode into political crisis.

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The Taste of Betel Nut

China | 2017 | 84 minutes | Jia Hu

Winner of the SIFF 2018 China Stars Award for Best Film | A polyamorous male couple test the limits of their sexuality by becoming romantically entangled with a beautiful young girl.

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Thunder Road

USA | 2018 | 90 minutes | Jim Cummings

Winner of the SIFF 2018 Grand Jury Prize - New American Cinema Competition | A small-town police officer struggling to process the death of his mother, an impending divorce, and his own unrecognized cluelessness.

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Won't You Be My Neighbor?

USA | 2018 | 93 minutes | Morgan Neville

Winner of the Golden Space Needle Award for Best Documentary | Documentary that focuses on the life and career of Fred Rogers and his inspiring influences on children.

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Zoo

Ireland | 2017 | 96 minutes | Colin McIvor

Winner of the SIFF 2018 Youth Jury Prize for Best Films4Families Feature | A young teenager and his friends break into a zoo to protect a baby elephant during the Blitzkrieg of 1941.

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