The 64th edition of the San Francisco International Film Festival, which ran April 9-18, has awarded over US$17,000 in cash prizes this past weekend to emerging and established filmmakers, including in its documentary categories.
The jury hands out a best documentary and best Bay Area documentary prize and this year’s doc feature jury included film producer and director Jameka Autry, film curator Mara Fortes, and program director at Chicken & Egg Pictures, Lucila Moctezuma.
The McBaine Documentary Feature winner was Writing With Fire (pictured), from Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh (India). The filmmaker received a $3,500 cash prize.
In awarding this film, the jury stated, “For shedding light on the courageous work of Dalit women journalists as they build an independent news outlet from the ground up, for plunging us into the political reality of a nation in upheaval through the people who are its beating heart, for capturing the beautiful complicity between filmmakers and reporters who wield the camera to expose systemic violence and bring untold stories to the fore.”
The McBaine Bay Area Documentary Feature award went to After Antarctica, by Tasha Van Zandt (USA/Canada). The filmmakers received a $2,000 cash prize
The jury stated the film “immerses us in the stunning beauty of the icy antipodes of our planet while providing a potent cautionary tale of the ravages of climate change.”
In the documentary short category, Dial Home, from César Martínez Barba (USA/Mexico) was the winner and the filmmaker received a $750 cash prize.
The jury wrote that the director “pushes documentary filmmaking forward with Dial Home, featuring sophisticated cinematography and editing, layered sound design, and a fresh perspective on the relational impact of deportation—a moving and powerful film.”