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San Francisco International Film Fest Winners Include 'History of Fear,' 'Overnighters' and More

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood May 8, 2014 at 3:05PM

The San Francisco International Film Festival announced winners of the juried Golden Gate Award and New Directors Prize competitions Thursday evening, awarding nearly $40,000 in prizes to up-and-coming, as well as established, international filmmakers.
'The High Five'
'The High Five'
Narrative Short (tie): "The Birds' Blessing," Serge Mirzabekiantz, (Belgium) & "So You've Grown Attached," Kate Tsang (USA)
Documentary Short: "The High Five," Michael Jacobs (USA)
Animated Short: "The Missing Scarf," Eion Duffy (Ireland)
Bay Area Short (tie): "Santa Cruz del Islote," Luke Lorentzen (USA) & "No One but Lydia," Rob Richert (USA)
New Visions Short: "Numbers & Friends," Alexander Carson (Canada)
Family Film: "The Dam Keeper," Robert Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi (USA)
Family Film Honorable Mention: "The Numberlys," WIlliam Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg (USA)
Youth Work: "Epitaph," Charles Blecker (USA)
Youth Work Honorable Mention: "Bay Area Girls Rock Camp," Lily Yu, Judy Lee, Jeremiah Mellor (USA)

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.