Festival Award Winners

Presenting storytelling at its finest, see the groundbreaking productions making waves at the Sundance, Berlinale and Cannes film festival circuits.

Félicité

Winner of the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize at the Berlinale, this is a surprising, music-infused drama about a proud and spirited woman working as a singer in Kinshasa.

On Body and Soul

Winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear, On Body and Soul is about the unconventional romance between two co-workers who discover that each night they have exactly the same dreams.

The Other Side of Hope

Aki Kaurismäki's new film is a funny and melancholic tale of the friendship between a Syrian refugee and a Helsinki restaurant-owner. Berlinale Silver Bear winner for Best Director.

Wolf and Sheep

This debut feature by a groundbreaking Afghan woman director, a Cannes Director's Fortnight-winner, is an extraordinarily daring and rare view of Afghan rural life and mythology.

Graduation

Winner of the Best Director prize in Cannes 2016, this gripping film by Cristian Mungiu is about a father's desperate actions to protect his daughter.

Axolotl Overkill

A wild ride though the hedonistic Berlin party scene, based on director Helene Hegemann’s controversial novel written at 17. Winner of the Sundance cinematography award.

Sami Blood

The moving story of a reindeer-herding Sámi girl who severs ties with her family and her culture. An award-winner and hit at the Toronto, Sundance and Venice Film Festivals.

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail

Award-winning US documentarian Steve James (Hoop Dreams, SFF 1994; Life Itself, SFF 2014) is in top form in this captivating story of the only bank indicted following America's 2008 financial meltdown.

Dream Empire

A prize-winning Kafkaesque story from western China’s real estate boom that involves a young, out-of-her-depth entrepreneur and the ‘rent-a-foreigner’ industry.

Nowhere to Hide

The top prize-winner at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam: four turbulent years in the life of resilient male nurse living in Iraq's 'triangle of death'.

The War Show

A multi-award-winning documentary that chronicles Syrian radio DJ Zytoon's experiences following the 2011 Arab Spring, as hope gives way to grim reality.

Winnie

Winner of Best Director Award at the Sundance Film Festival, this is a fascinating portrait of South Africa's 'mother of the nation' Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Taste of Cherry

SFF honours the great Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami (1940-2016) with a 20th anniversary screening of his minimalist masterpiece about a rational man on the brink of suicide.

Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves

Best Canadian Film at the Toronto Film Festival: an extraordinary, audacious film about four Quebec students who take protest to the verge of terrorism.