SIFF 2011: Volunteer Appreciation Event and Closing Thoughts

In front of Boom Noodle

Click here for SIFF: Opening Night and Weekend, and Week One (May 19-28, 2011)

Click here for SIFF: Week Two (May 29-June 4, 2011), Part One

Click here for SIFF: Week Two (May 29-June 4, 2011), Part Two

Click here for SIFF: Week Three (June 5-11, 2011)

Unlike the previous year, volunteers at SIFF 2011 got a movie, but no dinner.  We did, however, get free popcorn (in bags with the SIFF logo on the side), free dessert from Dilettante, and free soda.

Held on Wednesday, June 15, the awards ceremony started at 7:30 at McCaw Hall, while the film started at 8.  I sat with a volunteer I had worked with a couple of times (the one who knew three of my Japanese friends-see June 4th).

During the ceremony, two special awards were given out, followed by awards for the most hours, and awards to those volunteers who worked over 100 hours.  We were also informed that SIFF 2011 had 600 showings of 450 movies, and the volunteers logged in just over 1800 hours.

This year, the audience award for Best Film went to Paper Birds, which is the movie we saw that night.  Similar to last year’s The Hedgehog in that it is a sad, somewhat sentimental film, Paper Birds is about a boy, dead parents, and the traveling performers who take him in.  The film is set in Spain, mostly during the Franco years.  The first shock one receives is two deaths early in the film, but those shocking images are balanced out by a coda that is very sweet.  I can see why it won the audience award, as it makes you feel.  Plus, the kid is cute.  Though not as good as The Hedgehog, it’s close. 4 out of 5

And now for my thoughts on the festival itself.  Certainly, I got to see more films this year than last year, and I also learned that writing about eighteen movies is incredibly time-consuming.  Perhaps next year, I will only write about the best films I saw.

Below are my picks for Golden Space Needle Awards for films that were eligible (for a list of the winners, click here).

Best Film: The White Meadows

Best Documentary: Project Nim

Best Actor: Gerard Depardieu (Germain), My Afternoons with Margueritte 

Best Actress (tie): Gisèle Casadesus (Margueritte), My Afternoons with Margueritte; Céline Galli (Snow White), Snow White

Best Supporting Actor: Xu Cai-gen (Lu), Apart Together

Best Supporting Actress: Mizuhara Kiko (Midori), Norwegian Wood

Best Director (tie): Wang Quan’an, Apart Together; Mohammad Rasoulof, The White Meadows

And now for some achievements of my own making:

Movie with the Best Theater Audience: Tabloid

Funniest Film: Tabloid

Most Disappointing Film: Late Autumn

Most Depressing Film (tie): Black Venus and Dance Town

Best Use of Black and White: The Whisperer in Darkness

Best Cinematography (tie): The White Meadows and Norwegian Wood

Best Popcorn Movie: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Best Classic Film: La Dolce Vita

Best Find: Littlerock

Best Use of Sound: Honey

And that about does it for me.  See you at SIFF 2012!

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