Florida Film Festival presents 2016 awards Saturday, wraps Sunday night

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The 25th annual Florida Film Festival presented its awards Saturday night at the Enzian Theater in Maitland, with The Other Kids taking home the Grand Jury Award for best narrative feature and Honey Buddies picking up the audience award.

Left on Purpose won the Grand Jury Award for best documentary feature while the audience picked The Babushkas of Chernobyl.



The documentary Best and Most Beautiful Things was awarded a “special jury award for individuality of the human spirit,” and the narrative Donald Cried was recognized for “excellence in directing.”

Red Folder won the Grand Jury Award for best narrative short while The House Is Innocent won the audience award for best overall short. The Grand Jury Award for best documentary short went to Pickle, and The Lingerie Show won the Grand Jury Award for best animated short.



The festival is one of just 19 in the world to be Oscar-accredited in the three short-film categories (live-action, animation and documentary), so Red Folder, Pickle and The Lingerie Show may now be considered for Academy Award nominations.

Too Legit won a special jury prize for “achievement in satire” while the audience selected Portal to Hell!!! as their favorite Midnight short. This was the inaugural year for the latter award.

Some of the films shown at the festival screened out of competition. For instance, American Spotlight features were eligible for neither jury nor audience awards, while international Spotlight features and international shorts were eligible for just audience awards.

The ceremony was hosted by the Enzian’s Shea Suzer. The festival wraps up on Sunday night with the closing-night “retro” film, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? See floridafilmfestival.com for more information.

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