by Jill Thomas
As they swept up the stray popcorn and prepared to throw their Indie Spirit Film Festival T-shirts in the wash ("Ewww, I haven't changed in three days."), the organizers and volunteers who put on this past weekend's three-day independent film fest surveyed its success: 3,000 seats filled, almost 70 filmmakers in attendance, tons of great films (of course), and parties that were praised by attendees long after the kegs ran out.
And while they're still recovering, organizers Jim Turner, Chris Loud and Matt Stevens weren't too tired to celebrate with the winners at the fest's award ceremony on Sunday night. If you missed it, here's the final result:
2010 INDIE SPIRIT FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS
Best Feature Film: Earthwork, Directed by Chris Ordal
Best Documentary: The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner, Directed by Daniel Junge
Best Native American Film: On Sacred Ground, Directed by Charro Wongittilin
Best Horror Film: Golden Earrings, Directed by Marion Kerr
Best International Film: Do Elephants Pray?, Directed by Paul Hills
Best Student Film: Kiddo, Directed by Nicholas Santos
Best Short Film: Parking, Directed by Jorge Molina
Best Horror Short Film: Zombies and Cigarettes, Directed by Rafael Martinez
Colorado Spotlight Award: In Times of War: Stories of Colorado Veterans, Directed by Sandra Gabrych and Scott Vanordstrand
Festival Director’s Choice: Brutal Beauty: Tales of the Rose City Rollers, Directed by Chip Mabry
If you attended, don't forget to go to indiespiritfilmfestival.org to take the online survey and give your feedback. The Independent Film Society of Colorado will use the results in planning next year's fest.