Spotlight Award

Every film needs more fans. We want to shine a great big light on films that need to have big audiences and filmmakers from whom we can’t wait to see more. Our Spotlight Award celebrates what’s coming and what’s already here. These films may soon be headed to theatres or DVD or iTunes and Netflix. Whatever their path, you need to seek them out. Previous winners in this category include Jessica Oreck’s Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo (2010), Andrei Ujica’s The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2011), Tatiana Huezo Sánchez’ The Tiniest Place (2012) and Wojciech Staron’s The Argentinian Lesson.

Bending Steel

Nominated for Spotlight Award

Bending Steel is a moving documentary which follows Chris Schoeck, an endearing yet unassuming man as he trains to become a professional oldetime strongman. While preparing to perform incredible feats of strength publicly, Chris privately struggles to overcome crippling fears...

Fuck for Forest

Nominated for Spotlight Award

Berlin’s “Fuck For Forest” is one of the world’s most bizarre charities. Based on the idea that sex can save the world, the NGO raises money for their environmental cause by selling home-made erotic films on the internet. Meet Danny,...

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

Nominated for Spotlight Award

Lensed in colour and b/w by Seamus McGarvey, the film explores Harry Dean Stanton’s enigmatic outlook on his life and his unexploited talents as a musician. “Putting the focus on the music rather than his person helped to engage him...

The Last Station

Nominated for Spotlight Award

Under the competitive look of a camera, the life and moments some old people face in their last stage are portrayed in an atmosphere of solitude and abandonment. These homes, and their long lasting passage of time, are the last...

The Search for Emak Bakia

Nominated for Spotlight Award

Driven by an obsession with a Man Ray visual poem from 1927, Oskar Alegria tries to find Emak Bakia, the Basque house that inspired the great artist. (RIDM)...

Valentine Road

Nominated for Spotlight Award

The seaside town of Oxnard, California, was shattered in 2008 by the shooting death of Lawrence “Larry” King, a 15-year-old biracial, LGBTQ student. The killer? His white, 14-year-old crush, Brandon McInerney. Was this a hate crime—retaliation against unwanted advances—or something...

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