The San Francisco Film Awards are excited to present our July 2015 award winners. We screened exceptional films from around the world and our winners are celebrated in three levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence and Award of Merit. Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded as Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit or no award.
Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry for each season. Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional filmmaking. Notable artistic and technical productions are recognized at the Award of Merit award level. No fixed number of awards are granted at any level but rather fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline.
Congratulations to all of the winners!
Best in ShowDaniel Ruczko - Germany
A young woman wakes up and finds a photo of herself sleeping on her phone, she lives alone.
Award of Excellence
Amar is going to see his life change radically after an accident. Leaving only his son Icham plunged into a deep coma. At the bedside of his son, Amar believes in his awakening . During this event, Icham's dad is going to make a life changing encounter.
After a traumatic brain injury, world renowned photographer Brian Nice is confined to his childhood home. But when his health insurance no longer covers physical therapy sessions, Nice embarks on a cross-country road trip that will test his physical limits. Taking his camera with him, he documents his new way of seeing the world.
The Other Dreamers is a special documentary about a group of disabled children in Israel. During a whole year, the film follows their dreams and hopes. Beyond the personal, touching story of each child, the film shows the difference between the voluntary association, which is the only place they can feel equal, and the real world. After 5 minutes of watching The Other Dreamers, you will no longer notice their wheelchairs or disabilities. You will accept them.
Art FilmErin Babbin & Michael Sullivan - US
Wake Up is a short, first person documentary in which filmmaker Erin Babbin explores her role in three generations of women artists. It is an intense and deeply personal 8 minute film that utilizes archival photographs and films created by her grandmother and mother, and responds to the conversations left unspoken. Wake Up delves into the relationships of the women in Erin's family while examining the harsh realities of the cycles of addiction and depression. The film sheds light on the universal subject of the artist and addiction, including the tragedies that too often accompany them, while leaving room for redemption through artistic practice.
Award of Merit
Tears of Ghost (1:23) Natasha Dematra - Indonesia
Jo-Ann is a teenage girl. She is trying to save herself from dropping out of college. She decides to start doing a final project. She finds a perfect house to work on. What she doesn't know, the perfect house has a dark secret. She meets a girl name Renata who ask her to be her friend. Suddenly, Jo-Ann is mixed between two different dimensions and the final project is not just a final project anymore. Even after she wants to stop the final project her soul doesn't want her to. Finally she finds out the truth about what is exactly happened to this girl Renata and her family. This finding leads her to a suprising, thrilling and sweet ending no one can ever imagine.