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2016 San Diego International Film Festival Announces Award Winners


The San Diego International Film Festival, produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, announced today its 2016 Competition and Audience Award winning films. The 15th edition of the festival was held from September 28th through October 2nd in San Diego, CA. The Night of the Stars Tribute took place on September 29th in La Jolla, CA. The complete festival line-up and awards list is available at

2016 Jury Award Winners:

Best Narrative Feature: So B. It

Best International Film: Julieta

Best Documentary: Political Animals

Best Narrative Short: Bon Voyage

Best Comedy: The Late Bloomer

Kumeyaay Eagle Award: Te Ata

Best Military Film: Railway Spine

Break Through Documentary: In Utero

Break Through Feature: Po

Non-Competition Award Winner:

Chairman's Award: Citizen Solider

2016 Audience Award Winners:

Best Gala Film: Lion

Best International Film: The Cliff

Best Narrative Short: Mine

Best Narrative Feature: Dead Draw

Best Documentary: Seed: The Untold Story

In addition, the Night of the Stars Tribute award winners included Annette Bening (Gregory Peck Award), Kate Beckinsale (Cinema Vanguard Award), Simon Helberg (Auteur Award), Jason Mitchell (Rising Star Award) and Anne Hamilton (Chris Brinker Award).

To keep up to date with the San Diego International Film Festival, please visit San Diego International Film Festival is produced by the nonprofit, San Diego Film Foundation.

About the San Diego International Film Festival?Founded in 2001, the San Diego International Film Festival, currently produced by the San Diego Film Foundation, is the region's premier showcase for outstanding U.S. and international independent filmmaking. The five-day event is an entertaining, enlightening and educational gathering that embraces the region's diverse cultural landscape, enhances the arts community and expands the economic vitality of San Diego. Learn more about the San Diego Film Festival at, or on Facebook and Twitter.

About the San Diego Film Foundation?The San Diego Film Foundation is an educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that produces the annual San Diego International Film Festival. Its mission is to support the art of independent filmmaking through producing an annual film festival, developing stimulating film-related events throughout the year, supporting and nurturing student filmmaking programs in local schools, supporting the development of the local filmmaking industry, and enhancing the economic growth of San Diego.

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