57th San Francisco International Film Festival Winners

57th San Francisco International Film Festival, presented by the San Francisco Film Society, announced the winners of the juried Golden Gate Award and New Directors Prize competitions at an event held at Rouge | Nick's Crispy Tacos. This year the Festival awarded nearly $40,000 in prizes to emerging and established filmmakers from 13 countries around the globe. For more than 50 years, SFIFF's Golden Gate Awards have honored deserving films independent of commercial concerns, heralding unsung excellence and exposing local and international audiences to unique and innovative works. For more information about competition categories and juries, visit sffs.org.

New Directors Prize:
History of Fear, Benjamín Naishtat (Argentina/France/Germany/Qatar/Uruguay) --  Winner receives $10,000 cash prize 

Special Jury Recognition:
White Shadow, Noaz Deshe (Italy/Germany/Tanzania),
The Amazing Catfish, Claudia Sainte-Luce (Mexico)

GOLDEN GATE AWARD DOCUMENTARY FEATURE WINNERS

Documentary Feature:
The Overnighters, Jesse Moss (USE) -- Winner receives $10,000 cash prize

Bay Area Documentary Feature:
The Last Season, Sara Dosa (USA)   --  Winner receives $5,000 cash prize

Special jury recognition: Return to Homs, Talal Derki (Syria/Germany)

GOLDEN GATE AWARD SHORT FILM WINNERS

Narrative Short (tie):
The Birds' Blessing, Serge Mirzabekiantz, (Belgium)
So You've Grown Attached, Kate Tsang (USA)   -- Winners each receive $1,000 cash prize 

Documentary Short:
The High Five, Michael Jacobs (USA)   -- Winner receives $2,000 cash prize

Animated Short:
The Missing Scarf, Eion Duffy (Ireland)   -- Winner receives $2,000 cash prize

Bay Area Short (tie):
Santa Cruz del Islote, Luke Lorentzen (USA)
No One But Lydia, Rob Richert (USA)   -- Winners each receive $1,250 cash prize

New Visions Short:
Numbers & Friends, Alexander Carson (Canada)   -- Winner receives $1,500 cash prize

Family Film:
The Dam Keeper, Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi (USA)   --  Winner receives $500 cash prize

Family Film Honorable Mention:
The Numberlys, WIlliam Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg (USA)

Youth Work:
Epitaph, Charles Blecker (USA)   --  Winner receives $500 cash prize Youth Work

Youth Work Honorable Mention:
Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, Lily Yu, Judy Lee, Jeremiah Mellor (USA)