San Francisco Film Festival has just announced this year's awards. Aurora Brachman's (MFA '21) Stanford thesis film Still Waters won the Bay Area Short Film Prize:
Jury Statement: “For its achingly honest portrayal, personal bravery, and touching exploration of family bonds, ‘Still Waters’ by Aurora Brachman is the jury choice for the Bay Area Shorts Prize. The jury felt like viewers were invited into intimate and sacred moments which, in turn, gave space to find new meaning in the power of relationships and storytelling.”
The Golden Gate Documentary Short Award went to María Luisa Santos and current first-year MFA Documentary Film student Carlo Nasisse for their Direcciones (Addresses), made before Carlo joined Stanford:
Jury Statement: “For its strong exploration of a cultural idiosyncrasy, the jury awards ‘Direcciones’ (‘Addresses’) with the Documentary Shorts award. Through its beautiful cinematography, sound, and story, the film tells an intricate story that transcends space and convention. In a category with very strong films, this stood out amongst its peers.”
The full list of SFFILM 2023 awards is here. Congratulations to all the winning filmmakers!