Roger Ross Williams’ Life, Animated (pictured) and Mehrdad Oskouei’s Starless Dreams were among the top winners at the 19th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
Oskouei’s Berlinale-awarded Starless Dreams, which follows a group of 18-year-old girls affected by crime in Iran, picked up two awards at the Durham, North Carolina-based festival, including the Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award and the Full Frame Inspiration Award.
Ross Williams’ Life, Animated, which tells the story of an autistic boy who communicates through a love of Disney animation, took home the Full Frame Audience Award for best feature film.
Elsewhere, Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami’s Sonita was awarded the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award, while Tamar Kay’s The Mute’s House was honored with the Full Frame President’s Award and Sarah Jordenö’s Kiki picked up the Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights.
The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award, meanwhile, went to Karolina Bielawska for her film Call Me Marianna.
In the short film category, Maxim Pozdorovkin’s Clínica de Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness received the Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short, while the Full Frame Audience Award for best short went to Amy Nicholson’s Pickle.
The 20th annual Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will take place between April 6 and 9 in 2017.