|Location||Seattle, Washington, United States|
The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), held annually in Seattle, Washington since 1976, is among the top film festivals in North America. Audiences have grown steadily; the 2006 festival had 160,000 attendees.The SIFF runs for more than three weeks (24 days), in May/June, and features a diverse assortment of predominantly independent and foreign films, and a strong contingent of documentaries.
SIFF 2006 included more than 300 films and was the first SIFF to include a venue in neighboring Bellevue, Washington, after an ill-fated early attempt. However, in 2008, the festival was back to being entirely in Seattle, and had a slight decrease in the number of feature films. The 2010 festival featured over 400 films, shown primarily in downtown Seattle and its nearby neighborhoods, and in Renton, Kirkland, and Juanita Beach Park.
The festival began in 1976 at a then-independent cinema, the Moore Egyptian Theater, under the direction of managers Jim Duncan, Dan Ireland, and Darryl Macdonald.The first SIFF featured "Hedda," with Glenda Jackson, Louis Malle’s "Black Moon," Luis Buñuel's "Phantom of Liberty." The Rocky Horror Picture Show was the unnamed secret "sneak preview." The Third Festival in 1978 was the first under the direction of Rajeeve Gupta. It doubled the number of films, and increased the audience by 50% over the Second festival. The first five festivals were held at The Moore Egyptian. Currently the Moore Theatre is back under its earlier name and functioning as a concert venue. When founders Dan Ireland and Darryl Macdonald of the Moore Egyptian lost their lease, they founded the Egyptian theater in a former Masonic Temple on Seattle's Capitol Hill. The Egyptian theater remains a prime festival venue to this day, although the festival now typically uses about half a dozen cinemas (including, since 2007, its own SIFF Cinema at Seattle Center), with the exact roster varying from year to year.
During the 1980s, SIFF audiences developed a reputation for appreciating films that did not fit standard industry niches, such as Richard Rush's multi-layered The Stunt Man (1980).[ citation needed ] SIFF was instrumental in the entry of Dutch films into the United States market, including the first major American debut for director Paul Verhoeven.
The festival includes a component that is unique among major film festivals: a four-film "Secret Festival". Those who attend the Secret Festival do not know in advance what they will see, and they must sign an oath that they will not reveal afterward what they have seen.
In general, SIFF has a reputation as an "audience festival" rather than an "industry festival".The festival often partially overlaps the Cannes Film Festival, which can reduce attendance by industry bigwigs; in 2007 there were two days of overlap, May 24 and 25.
The SIFF group also curates the Global Lens film series, the Screenwriters Salon, and Futurewave (K-12 programming and youth outreach), coordinates SIFF-A-Go-Go travel programs (organized tours to other film festivals) and co-curates the 1 Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot and the Sci-Fi Shorts Film Festival at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame.
In 2006, Longhouse Media launched the SuperFly Filmmaking Experience, in partnership with the Seattle International Film Festival, which brings youth together from diverse backgrounds to work collaboratively on film projects that promote awareness of indigenous issues and mutual understanding of each other's cultures. Fifty youth from across the United States arrive in Seattle to then travel to a local Pacific Northwest reservation to create 4 films in 36 hours.
November 28, 2006, SIFF and Seattle mayor Greg Nickels announced that SIFF would soon have a home and a year-round screening facility in what has been the Nesholm Family Lecture Hall of McCaw Hall, the same building at Seattle Center that houses the Seattle Opera. The city contributed $150,000 to the $350,000 project. This auditorium was a "flagship venue" for SIFF festivalsand the site of most press screenings.
Shortly after the 2011 festival, SIFF moved its operations to the SIFF Film Center on the Seattle Center campus. The Film Center includes a 90-seat multi-use theater, multi-media classroom, exhibition spaces, archives, and offices for SIFF and the Film School.In October 2011, SIFF Cinema moved from McCaw Hall to its current location in the Uptown Theater. SIFF utilizes all three of the Uptown's three screens for year-round programming. SIFF currently has year round programming for four screens in Seattle.
In May 2014 it was announced that SIFF had purchased the Uptown Theater, and would be leasing and renovating the Egyptian Theater (abandoned roughly a year earlier by Landmark Theatres) from Seattle Central College.
Since 1985, the Seattle International Film Festival has awarded the Golden Space Needle award each year to the festival's most popular movie. Ballots are cast by audience members at the end of each movie. Previous winners of the Golden Space Needle include Whale Rider for 2003, Trainspotting for 1996, Kiss of the Spider Woman for 1985 and Boyhood for 2015, the latter two being the only films to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and win the Golden Space Needle.
|Year||Best Film (Golden Space Needle)||Best Short||Best Documentary|
|1985||Kiss of the Spider Woman (dir. Héctor Babenco, Brazil)||Frankenweenie (dir. Tim Burton, United States)|
|1986||The Assault (dir. Fons Rademakers, Netherlands)||The Big Snit (dir. Richard Condie, USA)|
|1987||My Life as a Dog (dir. Lasse Hallström, Sweden)||Your Face (dir. Bill Plimpton, USA)|
|1988||Bagdad Café (dir. Percy Adlon, West Germany)||Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall (dir. Jonathon Sanger, USA)|
|1989||Apartment Zero (dir. Martin Donovan, USA)||Tin Toy (dir. John Lasseter, USA)|
|1990||Pump Up the Volume (dir. Allan Moyle, USA)||Knick Knack (dir. John Lasseter, USA)|
|1991||My Mother's Castle (dir. Yves Robert, France)||The Potato Hunter (dir. Timothy Hittle, USA)||Paris Is Burning (dir. Jennie Livingston, USA)|
|1992||IP 5 - L'île aux pachydermes (dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix, France)||Anima Mundi (dir. Godfrey Reggio, USA)||A Brief History of Time (dir. Errol Morris, USA)|
|1993||The Wedding Banquet (dir. Ang Lee, Taiwan/USA)||The Fairy Who Didn't Want to Be a Fairy Anymore (dir. Laurie Lynd, Canada)||Road Scholar (dir. Roger Weisberg, USA)|
|1994||Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (dir. Stephan Elliott, Australia)||The Wrong Trousers (dir. Nick Park, UK)||The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (dir. Ray Müller, Germany)|
|1995||The Kingdom (dir. Lars von Trier, Denmark)||Surprise! (dir. Veit Helmer, Germany)||Crumb (dir. Terry Zwigoff, USA)|
|1996||Trainspotting (dir. Danny Boyle, UK)||That Night (dir. John Keister, USA)||Hype! (dir. Doug Pray, USA)|
|1997||Comrades: Almost a Love Story (dir. Peter Chan, Hong Kong)||Ballad of the Skeletons (dir. Gus Van Sant, USA)||Licensed to Kill (dir. Arthur Dong, USA)|
|1998||God Said Ha! (dir. Julia Sweeney, USA)||Sin Sostén (dir. Rene Castinello, Antonio Urrutia, Belgium)||Frank Lloyd Wright (dir. Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, USA)|
|1999||Run Lola Run (dir. Tom Tykwer, Germany)||12 Stops of the Road to Nowhere (dir. Jay Lowi, USA)||Buena Vista Social Club (dir. Wim Wenders, USA)|
|2000||Shower (Zhang Yang, China)||In God We Trust (dir. Jason Reitman, USA)||Trade Off (dir. Shaya Mercer, USA)|
|2001||Finder's Fee (dir. Jeff Probst, USA)||Boychick (dir. Glen Gaylord , USA)||The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition (dir. George Butler, USA)|
|2002||Elling (dir. Petter Næss, Norway)||The Host (dir. Nick Tomnay, Australia)||Ruthie & Connie: Every Room in the House (dir. Deborah Dickson, USA)|
|2003||Whale Rider (dir. Niki Caro, New Zealand)||Misdemeanor (dir. Jonathan Lemond, USA)||The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (dir. Kim Bartley, Donnacha O'Briain, Ireland/Venezuela)|
|2004||Facing Windows (dir. Ferzan Özpetek, Italy)||Consent (dir. Jason Reitman, USA)||Born into Brothels (dir. Zana Briski, Ross Kauffmann, USA)|
|2005||Innocent Voices (dir. Luis Mandoki, Mexico)||Raftman's Razor (dir. Keith Bearden, USA)||Murderball (dir. Henry-Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro, USA)|
|2006||OSS 117: Nest of Spies (dir. Michel Hazanavicius, France)||Full Disclosure (dir. Douglas Horn, USA)||The Trials of Darryl Hunt (dir. Ricki Stern, Annie Sundberg, USA)|
|2007||Outsourced (dir. John Jeffcoat, USA)||Pierre (dir. Dan Brown, USA)||For the Bible Tells Me So (dir. Daniel Karslake, USA)|
|2008||Cherry Blossoms (dir. Doris Dörrie, Germany)||Felix (dir. Andreas Utta, Germany)||The Wrecking Crew (dir. Denny Tedesco, USA)|
|2009||Black Dynamite (dir. Scott Sanders, USA)||Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death (dir. Nick Park, UK)||The Cove (dir. Louie Psihoyos, USA)|
|2010||The Hedgehog (dir. Mona Achache, France)||Ormie (dir. Rob Silvestri, Canada)||Ginny Ruffner: A Not So Still Life (dir. Karen Stanton, USA), Waste Land (dir. Lucy Walker, United Kingdom)|
|2011||Pájaros de papel (dir. Emilio Aragón, Spain)||The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore (dir. William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg, USA)||To Be Heard (dir. Amy Sultan, Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez and Deborah Shaffer, USA)|
|2012||Any Day Now (dir. Travis Fine, USA)||CatCam (dir. Seth Keal, USA)||The Invisible War (dir. Kirby Dick, USA)|
|2013||Fanie Fourie's Lobola (dir. Henk Pretorius, South Africa)||Spooners (dir. Bryan Horch, USA)||Twenty Feet from Stardom (dir. Morgan Neville, USA)|
|2014||Boyhood (dir. Richard Linklater, USA)||Fool's Day (dir. Cody Blue Snider, USA)||Keep on Keepin' On (dir. Alan Hicks, USA)|
|2015||The Dark Horse (dir. James Napier Robertson, New Zealand)||Even the Walls (dir. Sarah Kuck, Saman Maydani, USA)||Romeo Is Bleeding (dir. Jason Zeldes, USA)|
|2016||Captain Fantastic (dir. Matt Ross, USA)||Alive & Kicking: The Soccer Grannies of South Africa (dir. Lara-Ann de Wet, USA, South Africa)||Gleason (dir. Clay Tweel, USA)|
|2017||At the End of the Tunnel (dir. Rodrigo Grande, Spain/Argentina)||Defend the Sacred (dir. Kyle Bell, USA)||Dolores (dir. Peter Bratt, USA)|
|2018||Eighth Grade (dir. Bo Burnham, USA)||Emergency (dir. Carey Williams, USA)||Won't You Be My Neighbor? (dir. Morgan Neville, USA)|
|2019||Tel Aviv on Fire (dir. Sameh Zoabi, Israel)||Stepdaddy (dir. Lisa Steen, USA)||We are the Radical Monarchs (dir. Linda Goldstein Knowlton, USA)|
|2020||Not awarded -- Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic|
|Year||Best Director||Best Actress||Best Actor|
|1985||Krzysztof Zanussi ( Power of Evil , Poland)||Renee Soutendijk ( The Fourth Man , Belgium)||William Hurt ( Kiss of the Spider Woman , Brazil)|
|1986||Fons Rademakers ( The Assault , Netherlands)||Cathy Tyson ( Mona Lisa , UK)||Bob Hoskins ( Mona Lisa , UK)|
|1987||Lasse Hallström ( My Life as a Dog , Sweden)||Monique van de Ven ( Iris , Netherlands)||Gary Oldman ( Prick Up Your Ears , UK)|
|1988||Alan Rudolph ( The Moderns , USA)||Deborra-Lee Furness ( Shame , Australia)||Tom Hulce ( Dominick and Eugene , USA)|
|1989||Martin Donovan ( Apartment Zero , USA)||Wendy Hughes ( Boundaries of the Heart , Australia)||Rutger Hauer ( The Legend of the Holy Drinker , Italy)|
|1990||Denys Arcand ( Jesus of Montreal , Canada)||Rebecca Jenkins ( Bye Bye Blues , Canada)||Michael Rooker (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer , USA)|
|1991||Peter Greenaway ( Drowning by Numbers , UK)||Lily Tomlin ( Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe , USA)||Alan Rickman ( Close My Eyes and Truly, Madly, Deeply , UK)|
|1992||Jean-Jacques Beineix ( Betty Blue , France)||Marianne Sägebrecht (Martha and I, Germany/France)||Dermot Mulroney ( Where the Day Takes You and Samantha , USA)|
|1993||Ang Lee ( The Wedding Banquet , Taiwan/USA)||Tilda Swinton ( Orlando , UK/Russia/Italy/France/Netherlands)||Russell Crowe ( Romper Stomper and Hammers Over the Anvil , Australia)|
|1994||Rolf de Heer ( Bad Boy Bubby , Australia)||Mimi Rogers ( Reflection on a Crime , USA)||Terence Stamp ( Priscilla, Queen of the Desert , Australia)|
|1995||Bryan Singer ( The Usual Suspects , USA)||Nicole Kidman ( To Die For , USA)||Kevin Spacey ( The Usual Suspects , USA)|
|1996||Danny Boyle ( Trainspotting , UK)||Lili Taylor ( Girls Town , USA)||Vincent D'Onofrio ( The Whole Wide World , USA)|
|1997||Peter Greenaway ( The Pillow Book , UK)||Robin Wright Penn ( Loved , USA)||Brendan Fraser ( Still Breathing , USA)|
|1998||Bill Condon ( Gods and Monsters , USA)||Christina Ricci ( Buffalo 66 and The Opposite of Sex , USA)||Stephen Fry ( Wilde , UK)|
|1999||John Sayles ( Limbo , USA)||Piper Laurie ( The Mao Game , USA)||Rupert Everett ( An Ideal Husband , UK)|
|2000||Zhang Yang (Shower, China)||Nathalie Baye ( Venus Beauty Institute , France)||Dan Futterman ( Urbania , USA)|
|2001||Tim Blake Nelson ( O , USA)||Thora Birch ( Ghost World , USA)||John Cameron Mitchell ( Hedwig and the Angry Inch , USA)|
|2002||Julio Médem ( Sex and Lucia , Spain)||Isabelle Huppert ( The Piano Teacher , Austria/France)||Moritz Bleibtreu ( Das Experiment , Germany)|
|2003||Niki Caro ( Whale Rider , New Zealand)||Moon So-ri ( Oasis , South Korea)||Sol Kyung-gu ( Oasis , South Korea)|
|2004||Marco Tullio Giordana ( The Best of Youth , Italy)||Catalina Sandino Moreno ( Maria Full of Grace (Colombia/USA)||Luis Tosar ( Take My Eyes , Spain)|
|2005||Gregg Araki ( Mysterious Skin , USA)||Joan Allen ( Yes , USA)||Joseph Gordon-Levitt ( Mysterious Skin , USA)|
|2006||Goran Dukic ( Wristcutters: A Love Story , USA)||Fiona Gordon ( The Iceberg , Belgium)||Ryan Gosling ( Half Nelson , USA)|
|2007||Daniel Waters ( Sex & Death 101 , USA)||Marion Cotillard ( La Vie en Rose , France)||Daniel Brühl ( Salvador , Spain)|
|2008||Amin Matalqa ( Captain Abu Raed , Jordan)||Jessica Chastain ( Jolene , USA)||Alan Rickman ( Bottle Shock , USA)|
|2009||Kathryn Bigelow ( The Hurt Locker , USA)||Yolande Moreau ( Seraphine ), France)||Sam Rockwell ( Moon , UK)|
|2010||Debra Granik ( Winter's Bone , USA)||Jennifer Lawrence ( Winter's Bone , USA)||Luis Tosar ( Cell 211 , Spain)|
|2011||Larysa Kondracki ( The Whistleblower , Canada/Germany)||Natasha Petrovic ( As If I Am Not There , Ireland)||Bill Skarsgård ( Simple Simon , Sweden)|
|2012||Benh Zeitlin ( Beasts of the Southern Wild , USA)||Jamie Chung ( Eden , USA)||Alan Cumming ( Any Day Now , USA)|
|2013||Nabil Ayouch ( Horses of God , Morocco)||Samantha Morton ( Decoding Annie Parker), USA)||James Cromwell ( Still Mine , Canada)|
|2014||Richard Linklater ( Boyhood , USA)||Patricia Arquette ( Boyhood , USA)||Dawid Ogrodnik ( Life Feels Good , Poland)|
|2015||Alfonso Gomez-Rejon ( Me and Earl and the Dying Girl , USA)||Nina Hoss ( Phoenix , Germany)||Cliff Curtis ( The Dark Horse , New Zealand)|
|2016||Javier Ruiz Caldera ( Anacleto: agente secreto , Spain)||Vicky Hernández ( Between Sea and Land , Colombia)||Rolf Lassgård ( A Man Called Ove , Sweden)|
|2017||Rodrigo Grande ( At the End of the Tunnel , Spain/Argentina)||Lene Cecilia Sparrok ( Sami Blood (Sameblod) , Sweden/Norway/Denmark)||Dave Johns ( I, Daniel Blake , United Kingdom/France/Belgium)|
|2018||Gustav Möller ( The Guilty , Denmark)||Elsie Fisher ( Eighth Grade , USA)||Miguel Ángel Solá ( The Last Suit , Argentina/Poland/Spain/France/Germany)|
|2019||Ulaa Salim (Sons of Denmark (Danmarks sønner), Denmark)||Damla Sönmez ( Sibel , Turkey)||Julius Weckauf ( All About Me (Der Junge muss an die frische Luft), Germany)|
|2020||Not awarded -- Festival cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemic|
|Year||New Director Award||New American Cinema Award||Best Documentary|
|2007||Eric Richter Strand ( Sons , Norway)||Shotgun Stories (Jeff Nichols, USA)||Harald Freidl, ( Out of Time , Austria)|
|Year||Short film awards -|
|Short film awards -|
|Short film awards -|
|2007||Wigald , Timon Modersohn (Germany)||Everything Will Be OK , Don Hertzfeldt (USA)||Chocolate Country , Robin Blotnick (Dominican Republic / USA)|
Among the films that have received North American or world premieres at SIFF are:
|Year||Opening Night||Other Galas||Closing Night|
|1991||The Miracle (dir. Neil Jordan, UK)||Uranus (dir. Claude Berri, France)|
|1992||Le Bal des casse-pieds (dir. Yves Robert, France)||Equinox (dir. Alan Rudolph, USA)|
|1993||Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Kenneth Branagh, USA)||King of the Hill (dir. Steven Soderbergh, USA),|
|1994||Little Buddha (dir. Bernardo Bertolucci, UK)||Barcelona (dir. Whit Stillman, USA)|
|1995||Braveheart (dir. Mel Gibson, USA)||Cold Comfort Farm (dir. John Schlesinger, UK)|
|1996||The Whole Wide World (dir. Dan Ireland, USA)||Emma (dir. Douglas McGrath, USA)|
|1997||Addicted to Love (dir. Griffin Dunne, USA) Addicted to Love||Mrs. Brown (dir. John Madden, UK)|
|1998||Firelight (dir. William Nicholson, USA)||Smoke Signals (dir. Chris Eyre, USA)||This Is My Father (dir. Paul Quinn, USA)|
|1999||The Dinner Game (dir. Francis Veber, France)||Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (dir. Jay Roach, USA)|
|2000||Love's Labour's Lost (dir. Kenneth Branagh, UK)||A Rumor of Angels (dir. Peter O'Fallon, USA)|
|2001||The Anniversary Party (dir. Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming, USA)|| O (dir. Tim Blake Nelson, USA)||Investigating Sex (dir. Alan Rudolph, USA)|
|2002||Igby Goes Down (dir. Burr Steers, USA)||24 Hour Party People (dir. Michael Winterbottom, UK)||Passionada (dir. Dan Ireland, USA)|
|2003||Valentín (dir. Alejandro Agresti, Argentina)|| H (dir. Lee Jong-hyuk, South Korea)||Jet Lag (dir. Daniele Thompson, France)|
|2004||The Notebook (dir. Nick Cassavetes, USA)|| Saved! (dir. Brian Dannelly, USA)||Intimate Strangers (dir. Patrice Leconte, France)|
|2005||Me and You and Everyone We Know (dir. Miranda July, USA)|| The Dying Gaul (dir. Craig Lucas, USA)||Last Days (dir. Gus Van Sant, USA)|
|2006||The Illusionist (dir. Neil Burger, USA)|| Factotum (dir. Bent Hamer, USA)||The Science of Sleep (dir. Michel Gondry, France)|
|2007||Son of Rambow (dir. Garth Jennings, USA)|| 2 Days in Paris , (dir. Julie Delpy, France)||Molière (dir. Laurent Tirard, France)|
|2008||Battle in Seattle (dir. Stuart Townsend, USA)||The Great Buck Howard (dir. Sean McGinly, USA)||Bottle Shock (dir. Randall Miller, USA)|
|2009||In the Loop (dir. Armando Iannucci, UK)||Humpday (dir. Lynn Shelton, USA)||OSS 117: Lost in Rio (dir. Michel Hazanavicius, France)|
|2010||The Extra Man (dir. Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, USA)||Farewell (dir. Christian Carion, France)||Get Low (dir. Aaron Schneider, USA)|
|2011||The First Grader (dir. Justin Chadwick, UK)||Service Entrance (dir. Philippe Le Guay, France)||LIfe in a Day (dir. Kevin MacDonald, UK)|
|2012||Your Sister's Sister (dir. Lynn Shelton, USA)||The Chef (dir. Daniel Cohen (filmmaker) , France)||Grassroots (dir. Stephen Gyllenhaal, USA)|
|2013||Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Joss Whedon, USA)||20 Feet from Stardom (dir. Morgan Neville, USA)||The Bling Ring (dir. Sofia Coppola, USA)|
|2014||Jimi: All Is By My Side (dir. John Ridley, USA)||Boyhood (dir. Richard Linklater, USA)||The One I Love (dir. Charlie McDowell, USA)|
|2015||Spy (dir. Paul Feig, USA)||The End of the Tour (dir. James Ponsoldt, USA)||The Overnight (dir. Patrick Brice, USA)|
|2016||Café Society (dir. Woody Allen, USA)||Gleason (dir. Clay Tweel, USA)||The Dressmaker (dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia)|
|2017||The Big Sick (dir. Michael Showalter, USA)||Landline (dir. Gillian Robespierre, USA)||The Young Karl Marx (Le jeune Karl Marx) (dir. Raoul Peck, France/Germany/Belgium)|
|2018||The Bookshop (dir. Isabel Coixet, Spain)||Sorry to Bother You (dir. Boots Riley, USA)||Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (dir. Gus Van Sant, USA)|
|2019||Sword of Trust (dir. Lynn Shelton, USA)||Late Night (dir. Nisha Ganatra, USA)||The Farewell (dir. Lulu Wang, USA)|
|2010||The Over the Hill Band (dir. Geoffrey Enthoven, Belgium)|
|2011||Bon Appétit (dir. David Pinillos , Spain)|
|2012||Starbuck (dir. Ken Scott, Canada)|
|2013||Papadopoulos & Sons (dir. Marcus Markou, UK)|
|2014||The Grand Seduction (dir. Don McKellar, Canada)|
|2015||Good Ol' Boy (dir. Frank Lotito, USA)|
|2016||Paul à Québec (dir. François Bouvier, Canada)|
|2017||Footnotes (Sur quel pied danser) (dir. Kostia Testut, Paul Calori, France)|
|2018||The Drummer and the Keeper (dir. Nick Kelly, Ireland)|
|2019||Non-Fiction (Doubles vies) (dir. Olivier Assayas, France)|
|2011||Redemption Road (original title: Black White and Blues) (dir. Mario Van Peebles, USA)|
|2012||Fat Kid Rules the World (dir. Matthew Lillard, USA)|
|2013||Touchy Feely (dir. Lynn Shelton, USA)|
|2014||Lucky Them (dir. Megan Griffiths, USA)|
|2015||The Second Mother (dir. Anna Muylaert, Brazil)|
|2016||My Blind Brother (dir. Sophie Goodhart, USA)|
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