The Festival would also like to announce its presence at Cannes with four films on Climate and Sustainability through its with Herflix.com and will be broadcasting live from the Croisette on May 21st.
Festival Founder Nora Armani said of the festival, "We take pride in showcasing stories of invisible people; be they indigenous, women, belonging to marginalized groups such as LGBTQ. They may be invisible because of their disabilities, because of the stigma of incarceration, their homelessness, their age, or their disease."
"We take pride in shining the spotlight on films made by dedicated filmmakers who raise awareness of social issues. We feel lucky that our hard work as volunteers is rewarded with the added bonus of learning from these films and meeting wonderful filmmakers who change the world of storytelling. We would like to thank our generous sponsors and partners without whom we would not have been able to do any of this." she added,
The online section of the festival streams on http://srff.sparqfest.live through May 31. SRFF 2023 thanks its sponsors and partners. Details can be seen on the festival website (http://www.ratedsrfilms.org)
|Nora Armani, Gale Anne Hurd, Tonya Lewis Lee, Robe
The winners (downloadable at website):
- Winner Best Narrative Feature Film - Asphalt by Charlotte Madsen
- Jury Special Mention - It's Spring… by Roman Musheghyan
- Best Actor - Michael Asmussen - Asphalt
- Best Actress - Yara Zakhour - Tnaash
- Jury Special Mention for Acting - Andrew Justvig & Brandi Robinson The Anxiety of Laughing
- Winner Best Documentary Film - Maya Land: Listening to the Bees by Kata Beilin & Avi Weinstein
- Jury Special Mention - SHABU by Shamira Raphaëla
- Winner Best Narrative Short - Through the Barricades by Alexandrine Benjamin
- Jury Special Mention - Earthshine by Theresa Eschbacher
- Winner Documentary Short - After Fred by Rachel Meyrick
- Jury Special Mention - This Mortal Plastik by Jess Irish
- Winner Best Screenplay - A Place on Earth by Omar S. Hakim
- The WFCC Award Winner - Little Bird by Tee Schneider
- The IndiePix Vision Award - There Goes the Neighborhood by Ian Philips
During its first ten years, SRFF has showcased close to 700 films from 40 countries. A roster of 70 selected films is on offer, including narrative and documentary features, and shorts from 23 countries.