siff decompression : the bests return for a mini-fest

As mentioned previously, SIFF released its the favorite films of this year’s audiences, who collectively tore through over 60,000 ballots to decide the fate of a table full of glass artwork by James Mongrain. Another organization also revealed their most liked. While the number of ballots was undoubtedly smaller, the body doing voting almost certainly saw far more films than the average SIFF attendee.

Every year, Fool Serious, the unofficial unorganization of SIFF passholders, undertakes their own internal balloting process to find out which films were the most beloved among the most fanatical of festival-loving cinephiles. Below, you’ll find the top results from the two tallies. It’s pretty interesting to compare and contrast to see which movies wound up among both the hardest of hard core and the broader slice of attendees. It’s a good guide for when you’re scoping out new releases and netflix (or library) rental queues.

SIFF General Audience [SIFF]
Narrative features:
Fools [foolserious]
  1. Black Dynamite
  2. The Necessities of Life
  3. (500) Days of Summer
  4. (tie) ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction
    (tie) Morris: A Life With Bells On
  5. North Face
  6. Marcello Marcello
  7. Departures
  8. Patrik Age 1.5
  9. Amreeka
  10. Humpday
  1. Departures
  2. North Face
  3. Tears of April
  4. Séraphine
  5. Necessities of Life
  6. The Hurt Locker
  7. That Evening Sun
  8. Troubled Water
  9. Moon
  10. Kabei – Our Mother

  1. The Cove
  2. Sweet Crude
  3. William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe
  4. Every Little Step
  5. (tie): Food, Inc.
    (tie)Facing Ali
  6. Gotta Dance
  7. Afghan Star
  8. Dancing Across Borders
  9. The Garden
  10. Icons Among Us

  1. Burma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country
  2. Every Little Step
  3. The Beaches of Agnès
  4. Sweet Crude

While we’re on the topic of SIFF favorites, the festival is giving us one last chance to catch some of this year’s winners and top sellers before they head into their much-deserved summer break. From Friday to Sunday, they’ll be hosting a weekend bonanza featuring the best of the fest [siff].
On Friday, they’ll show best documentary talhotblond, (4:30), closing gala OSS 117: Lost in Rio (7:00), Lynn Shelton’s amazing Humpday (9:00). Saturday includes a collection of the best shorts (11:00 am), New Directors Showcase grand jury prize-winner the Other Bank (1:30), mind-boggling documentary Rembrandt’s J’Accuse (4:00), all-star smash Shrink (6:30), Golden Space Needle winning comedy Black Dynamite (9:30). Then on Sunday, another collection of shorts (11:00), followed by audience favorite dolphin documentary The Cove (1:30), mockumentary favorite Morris: A Life With Bells On (3:30), Swedish pool pic Swimsuit Issue (6:00), and then David Russo’s The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle. All of the screenings play at SIFF Cinema; tickets run $10 per screening or $60 to see them all ($8/$50 for members).

What films made it to the top (or bottom) of your SIFF lists?

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