The AAAFF 2019 awards, as chosen by our esteemed jury and festival attendees, were announced at the festival closing party on June 16th. Congratulations to all the winners!

NARRATIVE JURY

HOUSE OF HUMMINGBIRD (dir. Kim Bo-ra) – Best Narrative Feature

“We’d like to give the narrative feature award to House of Hummingbird by Kim Bo-ra for its compelling young heroine, cinematic and honest voice, and original take on a young girl’s coming of age journey.”

THE THIRD WIFE (dir. Ash Mayfair) – Special Mention

“We’d like to give a special mention to The Third Wife by Ash Mayfair for its beautiful and courageous storytelling, which is also based on the filmmaker’s own family story.”

SISTER (dir. Siqi Song) – Best Narrative Short

“The award for best narrative short goes to a film with comedy, warmth, imagination but then took an unexpected heartbreaking turn to reveal a generation’s loneliness of being forced to grow up without a sibling — the award for best narrative short goes to Sister by Siqi Song.”

GONG JU (dir. Jerome Yoo) – Special Mention

“We’d like to recognize one film with a special mention for its quick, edgy and innovative storytelling that shows that no matter whether you speak English or Korean, “mean girls” all speak a universal language of mean – our special mention goes to Gong Ju by Jerome Yoo.”

DOCUMENTARY JURY

JADDOLAND (dir. Nadia Shihab) – Best Documentary Feature

“We’d like to give the Jury Prize to an intimate, experimental, and beautifully playful film featuring a young artist who navigates her immigrant family’s culture while also exploring universal themes of identity, loss, and what ‘home’ really means.”

GEOGRAPHIES OF KINSHIP (dir. Deann Liem) – Special Mention

“We’d like to give an honorable mention to a film for its credible research and a true labor of love that captures the emotional journey of adult adoptees while also spotlighting complex historical aspects of international adoption.”

JIA (dir. Li Cheng) – Best Documentary Short

“We’d like to give the Jury Prize to a short film made by an up-and-coming female talent for her singular artistic form through stylized animation and delicate storytelling, all beautifully woven together as an ode to her grandmother.”

WRITTEN IN STONE (dir. Sangsun Choi) – Special Mention

“We’d like to give an honorable mention to a short film for its social relevance and raw depiction of child labor that displays a perceptive portrayal of the struggles faced by a family in a small quarry mining village in India.”

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Narrative Feature – SONI (dir. Ivan Ayr)

Narrative Short – SISTER (dir. Siqi Song)

Doc Feature – SEADRIFT (dir. Tim Tsai)

Doc Short – RADICAL CRAM SCHOOL (dir. Jenessa Joffe)