2022 Jury & Audience Awards
Indie Meme is proud to announce the winners of our 2022 Jury & Audience Choice Awards.
Read more about our esteemed jury of artists, filmmakers, academics, and leaders here: Meet the Jury
Jury Award: Narrative Feature
ANY DAY NOW
For the jury, it was a true honor to view these wildly creative and diverse films, each of which provided a look at indelible characters and vibrant cultures. We applaud all the filmmakers for their achievements and the programmers for putting together a brilliant line-up that will have the festival audiences laughing, crying, gasping, and passionately debating.
Special Jury Award :
LUNANA : A YAK In THE CLASSROOM - 'Best Cinematography'
Jury Award: Documentary Feature
"A deft portrayal of one of the world's most violent ethnic conflicts ... Midwives inspired us with its protagonists' daily acts of resistance and resilience. As Hla and Nyo Nyo grow in relation to one another and the evolving political situation, their supportive yet fraught relationship reflects the cleavages surrounding them. Throughout, the beautifully photographed fields of rural Rakhine State are heavy with an intense calm that might erupt, and often does. The film necessarily leaves tensions unresolved and the future ambiguous, but it uplifts courageous acts of care, powerfully condemning state-sponsored violence and discrimination in the process. "
Jury Award: Short Film
In acknowledgement of the strength and range of the 25 shorts in the program the jury has named one overall winner and three honorable mentions.
The Jury selected Dal Bhat due to the film's powerful and enduring social relevance in exploring gender & identity - as well as the craftsmanship apparent in creating the film, from engaging screenwriting to excellent acting, production value, and direction.
Kanya is noted for superb cinematography and a bold coming of age narrative. Cycle stood out for centering a minority group through the use of experimental filmmaking. Local Middle Schooler is notable out not only for the power of its key message, but also the clever use of satire and visual imagination in its storytelling.
LOCAL MIDDLE Schooler
Audience Award: Narrative Feature
LAST FILM SHOW
In a very close audience award competition, the Gujarati language coming of age drama, LAST FILM SHOW, topped the list as the audience's favorite narrative feature with its tale of a young, rural boy falling headlong into love for cinema. It was closely followed by the heartwarming LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM and the surreal comedy, RK/RKAY.
2nd Place (tie):
LUNANA : A YAK In THE CLASSROOM
Audience Award: Documentary Feature
A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING
Payal Kapadia's experimental documentary exploring the political and emotional life of students at India's FTII captivated the hearts & minds of Indie Meme audiences.
Audience Award: Short Film
TESTIMONY OF ANA
This short-form documentary follows a modern woman recounting her experience being accused of witchcraft and abused by her community. It was supported by an Austin Film Society grant and directed by local filmmaker, Sachin Dheeraj.