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The 42nd Portland International Film Festival Audience Award Winners

42nd Portland International Film Festival

(PORTLAND, OR) – The Northwest Film Center has the great pleasure of announcing this year’s Audience Award winners. Throughout the Festival, attendees were given the opportunity to register their opinions on each of the 90 features and 55 shorts screened at the 42nd Portland International Film Festival.

Earning top audience accolades for Best Narrative Feature is Woman at War (Iceland/France/Ukraine) by director Benedikt Erlingsson. Our Bodies Our Doctors (United States) by director Jan Haaken took the Best Documentary Feature award. Director Lila Avilés is the winner of this year’s Best New Director award for her debut feature, The Chambermaid (Mexico). The Wolf House (Chile/Germany) director Joaquín Cociña & Christóbal León takes home the Audience Award for Best Animated Feature. Fish Out of Water (United States) by director Josh Brine is the recipient of the Best Oregon Short Film Award.

Best Narrative Feature

  1. Woman at War / Iceland/France/Ukraine / dir. Benedikt Erlingsson
    *winner Best Narrative Feature
  1. Sir / India/France / dir. Rohena Gera
  2. Styx / Germany/Austria / dir. Wolfgang Fischer

Best Documentary Feature

  1. Our Bodies Our Doctors / United States / dir. Jan Haaken
    *winner Best Documentary Feature
  1. The Silence of Others / Spain/United States/Canada/France / dir. Robert Bahar
  2. Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements / United States / dir. Irene Taylor Brodsky

Best New Director

  1. The Chambermaid / Mexico / dir. Lila Avilés
    *winner Best New Director
  1. Blind Spot / Norway / dir. Tuva Novotny
  2. An Elephant Sitting Still / China / dir. Hu Bo

Best Animated Feature

  1.    The Wolf House / Chile/Germany / dir. Joaquín Cociña & Cristóbal León
    *winner Best Animated Feature

Best Fiction Short Film

How Fernando Pessoa Saved / Portugal/Belgium/France / dir. Eugène Green

Best Animated Short Film

Fire in Cardboard City / New Zealand / dir. Phil Brough

Best Documentary Short Film

Lifeboat / United States / dir. Sky Fitzgerald

Best Oregon Short Film

  1. Fish Out of Water / United States / dir. Josh Brine
    *winner Best Oregon Short
  1. Lifeboat / United States / dir. Sky Fitzgerald
  2. Burton Before and After / United States / dir. Courtney Hermann


Best of Masters

Transit / Germany/France / Christian Petzold

Best of PIFF After Dark

One Cut of the Dead  / Japan / dir. Shin’ichiro Ueda

Best of Films for Families

Supa Modo / Kenya/Germany / dir. Likarion Wainaina

Best of Global Panorama

Woman at War / Iceland/France/Ukraine / dir. Benedikt Erlingsson

Best of Ways of Seeing

Diamantino / Portugal/France/Brazil / dir. Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt

The 42ND Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by LAIKA, The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Regal Entertainment Group, Travel Portland, Ketel One Botanical, Rogue, Adelsheim, Pike Road, Bulleit Bourbon, Tanqueray Dry Gin, The Oregonian, MUBI, Elk Cove Vineyards, TV5MONDE, Morel Ink, World Foods, AC Hotels, Consulate General of Canada, Hoxton Hotel, Hotel deLuxe  and many others.

The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts organization offering a variety of exhibition, education programs, and artist services throughout the region.  The Center presents a program of foreign, classic, experimental, and independent works year-round at the Whitsell Auditorium, located in the Portland Art Museum. For more information, visit

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The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.