Nashville Film Festival announced the prizes in feature filmmaking at the 2016 Nashville Film Festival, with top awards going to Magallanes, SEED: The Untold Story, The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, Transpecos, Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows, The Lure and Josephine.
Several winning films will return for encore screenings on Saturday, April 23, at Regal Green Hills Cinema in Nashville, Tenn., at the Nashville Film Festival.
Honorable Mention: Free in Deed, directed by Jake Mahaffy
Special Jury Prize – Actor: David Harewood in Free in Deed
Special Jury Prize – Actress: Dorka Gryllus in Demimonde
Special Jury Prize for Acting Ensemble: Magallanes
Special Jury Prize for Screenplay: Eva Neymann for Song of Songs
Special Jury Prize for Music: The Lure
For illuminating the beauty of our connection to the land the Documentary Competition Grand Jury Prize was presented to SEED: The Untold Story, directed by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz.
Grand Jury Prize (tie): The Seer: A Portrait of Wendell Berry, directed by Laura Dunn
Honorable Mention: The Bandit, directed by Jesse Moss
Special Jury Prize for Badass Filmmaking: Hooligan Sparrow, directed by Nanfu Wang
New Director Feature
For its complex characters, use of landscape and the intensity of its ethical conflicts, the New Directors Grand Jury Prize was presented to Transpecos, directed by Greg Kwedar.
Honorable Mention: The Fits, directed by Anna Rose Holmer
Special Jury Prize – Actor: Gabriel Luna in Transpecos
Special Jury Prize – Actress: Brogan Ellis and Lauren McQueen in The Violators
Special Jury Prize for Production Design: The Arbalest
Gibson Music Films/Music City Feature
For chronicling the rise, fall and renaissance of an R&B artist entrepreneur who never quit the hustle and finally got the recognition he deserved, the Gibson Music Films/Music City Grand Jury Prize was presented to Syl Johnson: Any Way the Wind Blows, directed by Rob Hatch-Miller.
Honorable Mention: Colin Hay – Waiting for My Real Life, directed by Nate Gowtham and Aaron Faulls
Special Jury Prize for Best Underdog Story: Sidemen: Long Road to Glory,directed by Scott Rosenbaum
Graveyard Shift Feature
For being everything from a cutting edge musical, to an emotionally faithful Hans Christian Anderson adaptation that would delight Fosse and Fassbinder equally, the Graveyard Shift Grand Jury Prize was presented to The Lure, directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska.
Honorable Mention: Curtain, directed by Jaron Henrie-McCrea
Special Jury Prize – Actor: Adrian Tofei in Be My Cat: A Film for Anne
Special Jury Prize – Actress: Marta Mazurek in The Lure
Special Jury Prize for Originality and Exceptional Editing: Curtain, directed by Jaron Henrie-McCrea
Tennessee First Feature
For presenting a concise, powerful portrayal of a woman in her last-ditch efforts to find her husband in the bleak final days of war, featuring incredible performances and production values, the Tennessee First Grand Jury Prize was presented to Josephine, directed by Rory Feek
Best Original Song
Winner: “Drive It Like You Stole It,” from Sing Street
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award: Magallanes, directed by Salvador del Solar
Lipscomb Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: Best LGBT Film: Hunky Dory, directed by Michael Curtis Johnson
Steven Goldmann Visionary Award: The Lure, directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska
Southwest Airlines Audience Awards Winners
Special Presentations: Sing Street, directed by John Carney
Bridgestone Narrative Competition: (three way tie) Demimonde, directed by Attila Szász, Hunky Dory, directed by Michael Curtis Johnson and Magallanes, directed by Salvador del Solar
New Directors Competition: Transpecos, directed by Greg Kwedar
Gibson Music Films/Music City: Colin Hay – Waiting for My Real Life, directed by Nate Gowtham and Aaron Faulls
Tennessee First: Josephine, directed by Rory Feek
Tennessee Horizon Audience Awards for Best Short:
Second Place: The Unbeliever, directed by Will M. Holland
Third Place: Three Fingers, directed by Paul D. Hart and Everyday Yeti, directed by Motke Dapp
Fifth Place: The Van, directed by John McAmis