UFFyc Announces 2016 Awards

The Underexposed Film Festival yc announced the jury prizes on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The awards were presented at a ceremony immediately following the final block of films screened at the Gettys Art Center. The 2016 program included 67 Official Selections, selected from 200 submissions, and 7 Director’s Choice films, curated by Festival Director Karen Collins. Three films screened at the 2016 UFFyc are Oscar-qualifying films – HOME, She Stoops to Conquer, and Love is a Sting, one is a BAFTA-qualifying film – The Duke. Eight films were world or festival premieres – 32 Light Years, Anacoustic Zones, Back in Time, Les Yuex, No Lighting, Sebastian Otero, Touching in Texas, and The Vamprentice. The jurors for the 2016 UFFyc were Joaquin Baldwin (Zootopia), Ellen Barnard (Counter Histories: Rock Hill), Michael Cusack (Waltzing Matilda), Jim de Sève (Tying the Knot), Carol Green (American Horror Story), Bert Hesse (Studio South), Ron Maxwell (Gettysburg), Dale M. Pollock (Set It Off), Michael Rivers, Ignacio F. Rodó (Prometeo), Dr. Karen Stock, and Dr. David Wohl. Festival Director Karen Collins lauds the jurors of the 2016 UFFyc, “Our jurors were unbelievable in their devotion to serving. Considering that several are associated with the Academy Awards, BAFTA and the Emmys, we were grateful for their time and commitment. As always, I am grateful to our jurors who work in academia, David Wohl and Karen Stock. Our jury spanned 3 continents and just like the quality of our films is evenly matched by the professionalism of our jurors.”

The Underexposed Film Festival yc presented ten awards to Official Selections in 2016 - the Grand Jury Prize; the best of each category – animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative; Cinema Carolina - awarded to the best independent film made in North or South Carolina, regardless of category, content, or subject; Woman to Watch (best female director); Best Student Film; and the Terry Roueche Audience Choice Award. An honorary award, the Cotton Alley Award, sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union, was awarded to Dale M. Pollock. This award recognizes a filmmaker’s outstanding contributions and commitment to the world of independent filmmaking.

Cotton Alley Award

Sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union

Dale M. Pollock

The Underexposed Film Festival yc has named Dale M. Pollock as the recipient of the 2016 Cotton Alley Award. First presented in 2015, the Cotton Alley Award is an honorary award that recognizes outstanding contributions and commitment to the world of independent filmmaking.

Dale M. Pollock received a BA in Anthropology from Brandeis University and MS in Communications from San Jose State University. In 1977, he became the chief film critic for Daily Variety, then the chief entertainment correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, where he won the Best Feature Writing award and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He wrote Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas in 1984. In 1985, Pollock joined David Geffen’s film company as a development executive. He joined A&M Films as vice president in charge of production in 1986 and was named president in 1990, producing such films as The Beast, A Midnight Clear, and House of Cards. Pollock ran his own film company Peak Productions for 10 years, producing the hit film Set It Off. In 1999 he became Dean of the School of Filmmaking at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, stepping down in 2007 to become Associate Professor of Cinema Studies. Pollock was named a Distinguished Scholar and holder of the Dale M. Pollock Endowed Professorship in Film in 2012 and is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

In his acceptance speech, Pollock noted that the films screened at the Underexposed Film Festival yc are of the highest quality, and within the next few years, the festival has the potential to become an Academy Award qualifying festival, It's on the brink of becoming one of the large film festivals, to which, visitors plan their vacations around, and filmmakers will for the opportunity to screen.

Grand Jury Award | $750

Every Time We Say Goodbye

Narrative | 2014 | 16 min. 10 sec.

Country: Japan

Director: Kenji Qurata

When a childless wife is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she and her husband embark on a journey to find Tsuchinoko, a legendary Japanese snake. As the seasons pass by, the loving couple cherishes their precious moments with a lot of laughter. | more info

Best Animated Film | $200

Leftover

Animation | 2014 | 14 min. 22 sec.

Country: France

Producers: Laurent Baujard, Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin

Director: Tibor Banoczky, Sarolta Szabo

Writer: Sarolta Szabo

Cast: Zdenek Penaz, Marie Penaz

A man sentenced to death, an old lady, a hunter, a window cleaner, a captive cooker and an anorexic young girl...The stories of these people are told through their relation to food. By sharing with them a moment from their meals, we can understand their relation to other people and their vision of the world. For many reasons, from their own decision or from which they suffer, they all eat alone.

This is the second film by the team of Tibor Banoczky and Sarolta Szabo to screen at the Underexposed Film Festival yc. LES CONQUERANTS ("The Conquerors") screened at the inaugural UFFyc in 2012 as a Director’s Choice.

Best Documentary Film | $200

Sponsored by Dr. Susan Collins, DDS

Frans Lanting: The Evolution of Life

Documentary | 2015 | 22 min. 47 sec.

Country: USA

Producer: Steven Kochones

Director: Steven Kochones

Cast: Frans Lanting, Christine Eckstrom, E. O. Wilson, Andrew Knoll, Russell Mittermeier, Richard Zurek, Elizabeth Krist