The North American premiere of The Lost Mariner last weekend resulted in the film winning Best Animated Film! I am happy I made the trip to the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs so I was able to accept the award in person. It comes with a $500 prize, and my film tied with another partly-animated film called Death & the Maiden by Yael Lotem (an Isaraeli/German co-production). The winners list is here.
I was only able to attend the festival for two full days, but still managed to see a few interesting films, meet new people, and reconnect with filmmaker friends from other festivals. This is a doc festival, where before each feature they screen, usually, two short films. So most of the films shows were live action feature documentaries, but there were also a number of live action and animated shorts.
One of the other animated shorts shown was Last Dance on the Main by Aristofanis Soulikias, whom I met at DOK Leipzig last year, and was also attending.
I also caught a really nice feature doc called Out of Love by a French/American filmmaker about her father’s five marriages and divorces. Esther Julie-Anne did a great job letting us to relate to her family’s unusual circumstances and allowing us to ask ourselves what makes lasting love?
Overall the festival was a great experience. They arrange a hosting program with local residents which was amazing! For those of us without cars the festival was able to help out with rides around town, and of course, to and from LAX airport. And it was hot! A bit unusual for me, but nice to get some sun and look at the beautiful landscape.