Thu. Feb 29th, 2024

The Shorts Competition Juries are comprised of Gustavo Martín Benites Gálvez, Christian Mejía, and Juefang Zhang in the Live Action Jury; Malia Haines-Stewart, Paige Taul, and Waldemar Wilk in the Documentary Jury; and Erica Duffy, Katie Rife, and Dena Springer in the Animation Jury.

Here is full list of award winners at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival: 

International Feature Film Competition
Gold Hugo: “Godland” (Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden), Dir. Hlynur Pálmason
Silver Hugo Jury Award: “Close” (Belgium, France, The Netherlands), Dir. Lukas Dhont
Silver Hugo, Best Director: Maryam Touzani, “The Blue Caftan” (France, Morocco, Belgium, Denmark)
Silver Hugo, Best Performance: Vicky Krieps, “Corsage” (Austria, France, Germany)
Silver Hugo, Best Ensemble Cast Performance: Denis Ménochet, Marina Foïs, Luis Zahera, Diego Anido, and Marie Colomb, “The Beasts” (Spain, France)
Silver Hugo, Best Screenplay: Alice Diop, Amrita David, Zoé Galeron, and Marie N’Diaye, “Saint Omer (France)
Silver Hugo, Best Cinematography: Maria von Hausswolff, “Godland”
Silver Hugo, Best Production Design: Marcela Gómez (Production Designer) and Daniel Rincon (Art Director), “The Kings of the World” (Colombia, Norway, Luxembourg, Mexico, France)
Award for Cinematic Bravery: “No Bears” (Iran), Dir. Jafar Panahi

New Directors Competition
Gold Hugo: “Falcon Lake” (Canada, France); Dir. Charlotte Le Bon
Silver Hugo: “Piaffe” (Germany); Dir. Ann Oren
Roger Ebert Award: “The Great Silence” (Denmark), Dir. Katrine Brocks, and “A Piece of Sky” (Switzerland, Germany), Dir. Michael Koch

International Documentary Competition
Gold Hugo: “Alis” (Colombia, Romania, Chile), Dirs. Clare Weiskopf, Nicolás Van Hemelryck
Silver Hugo: “The Natural History of Destruction” (Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands), Dir. Sergei Loznitsa
Chicago Award: “King of Kings: Chasing Edward Jones” (U.S., France), Dir. Harriet Marin Jones
Honorable Mention: “Matriarch” (U.S.), Dir. Donald Conley

OutLook Competition
Gold Q-Hugo: “Close,” Dir. Lukas Dhont
Silver Q-Hugo: “Paloma” (Brazil, Portugal), Dir. Marcelo Gomes
Special Mention: “Alis,” Dirs. Clare Weiskopf, Nicolás Van Hemelryck

Live Action Short Film Competition
Gold Hugo: “The Headhunter’s Daughter” (The Philippines), Dir. Don Jospehus Raphael Eblahan
Silver Hugo: “Live” (Poland), Dir. Mara Tamkovich

Documentary Short Film Competition
Gold Hugo: “Nazarbazi” (Iran), Dir. Maryam Tarakofy
Silver Hugo: “Revolver” (U.S.), Dir. ;Crystal Z Campbell

Animated Short Film Competition
Gold Hugo: “Ice Merchants” (Portugal), Dir. João Gonzalez
Silver Hugo: “My Year of Dicks” (U.S.), Dir. Sara Gunnarsdóttir

For more information, visit the festival’s website at

By Dave Jenks

Dave Jenks is an American novelist and Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Between those careers, he’s worked as a deckhand, commercial fisherman, divemaster, taxi driver, construction manager, and over the road truck driver, among many other things. He now lives on a sea island, in the South Carolina Lowcountry, with his wife and youngest daughter. They also have three grown children, five grand children, three dogs and a whole flock of parakeets. Stinnett grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has also lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. His next dream is to one day visit and dive Cuba.