Juried Awards: First Feature Award and Best Documentary

    Established in 1999, the Juried Awards for First Feature and Best Documentary have recognized outstanding films and filmmakers.

    Past Winners:

    2021 First Feature: Milkwater
                 Honorable Mention: Language Lessons and Firebird

    2020 First Feature: Two of Us (Deux)

    2019 First Feature: End of the Century (Fin de siglo)
                 Honorable Mention: Zen in the Ice Rift (Zen sul ghiaccio sottile)
               Documentary: Vision Portraits 

    2018 First Feature: Retablo
               Documentary: When the Beat Drops

    2017 First Feature: The Wound (Inxeba)
               Documentary: Strong Island

    2016 First Feature: Jonathan
               Documentary: Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

    2015 First Feature: In the Grayscale (En la gama de los grises)
               Documentary: Alex & Ali

    2014 First Feature: Something Must Break (Nånting måste gå sönder)
               Documentary: Kumu Hina

    2013 First Feature: Out in the Dark (Alata)
               Documentary: Valentine Road

    2012 First Feature: Facing Mirrors (Aynehaye Rooberoo)
               Documentary: The Invisible Men (Gvarim Bilti Nirim)

    2011 First Feature: The Evening Dress (La robe du soir)
               Documentary: Wish Me Away

    2010 First Feature: Undertow (Contracorriente)
               Documentary: Dzi Croquettes

    2009  

    2008  

    2007 First Feature: Glue
               Documentary: Red Without Blue

    2006 First Feature: Stray Cats (Mga pusang gala)
               Documentary: Cruel and Unusual

    2005 First Feature: Gypo
               Documentary: Zero Degrees of Separation

    2004 First Feature: Eating Out
               Documentary: Tying the Knot

    2003 First Feature: The Child I Never Was (Ein Leben lang kurze Hosen tragen)
               Documentary: Straight Out (Hrein og bein) and Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary

    2002 First Feature: Guardian of the Frontier (Varuh meje)
               Documentary: Georgie Girl

    2001 First Feature: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    2000 First Feature: Urbania

    1999 First Feature: Head On

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