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2016 Full Frame Winners Announced: Grand Jury, CDS Filmmaker, and Other Festival Awards

Film still from Mehrdad Oskouei's “Starless Dreams," winner of the 2016 Grand Jury Award

Film still from Mehrdad Oskouei’s “Starless Dreams,” winner of the 2016 Grand Jury Award

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced the 2016 festival award recipients on April 10, 2016, the last day of the nineteenth annual event. Nine awards and a special jury mention were given, including Full Frame’s top prize, the Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award (Starless Dreams) with a Special Jury Mention (Gleason), and the Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award (Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami for Sonita), a prize to honor and support documentary filmmakers whose works are potential catalysts for education and change.

With rawness and candor, Starless Dreams directed by Mehrdad Oskouei follows young women in an Iranian juvenile detention center reflect on the crimes they have committed and the harsh circumstances that have shaped them.

The Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award was presented to Sonita, directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami. As her family attempts to sell her as a bride, an Afghani refugee living in Iran fights to keep her dream of becoming a rap star alive.

2016 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival Award Winners

The Reva and David Logan Grand Jury Award
Sponsored by The Reva and David Logan Foundation
Starless Dreams
, directed by Mehrdad Oskouei

Special Jury Mention
Gleason, directed by Clay Tweel

Full Frame Jury Award for Best Short
Provided by Drs. Andrew and Barbra Rothschild
Clinica De Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin

Full Frame Audience Award – Feature
Sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
Life, Animated
, directed by Roger Ross Williams

Full Frame Audience Award – Short
Sponsored by the Asheville Field Office – Bob Allen Family Foundation
Pickle
, directed by Amy Nicholson

Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award
Provided by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University
Sonita
, directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami

Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award
Provided by the Charles E. Guggenheim Family
Call Me Marianna
, directed by Karolina Bielawska

Full Frame Inspiration Award
Sponsored by the Hartley Film Foundation
Starless Dreams
, directed by Mehrdad Oskouei

Full Frame President’s Award
Sponsored by Duke University
The Mute’s House
, directed by Tamar Kay

Kathleen Bryan Edwards Award for Human Rights
Sponsored by the Julian Price Family Foundation in memory of Melanie Taylor
Kiki
, directed by Sarah Jordenö

Visit the Full Frame website for more information on all of the films.

The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a program of the Center for Documentary Studies.

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