The annual St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), one of the nation's most important regional film festivals, features a well-balanced program of documentaries and narrative features, with awards presented to both genres in feature-length and shorts categories.
Among the awards presented to documentaries at SLIFF's November 18 closing celebration were:
- Best of Fest Audience Choice Leon Award for Best Documentary: The Entertainers, directed by Michael Zimmer and Nick Holle
- Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary: Seeking Asian Female, directed by Debbie Blum
- St. Louis Film Critics' Joe Pollack Award: Uprising, directed by Fredrick Stanton
- Interfaith Award for Best Documentary Feature: The Second Execution of Romell Broom, direcred by Michael Verhoeven
- Best Documentary Short: Female, directed by Marie-Josee Saint-Pierre
- Midrash Award: Seeking Asian Female, directed by Debbie Lum
Additionally, the Maysles Brothers Lifetime Achievement Award in Documentary was given to Ross McElwee.
For the full list of award winners and honorable mentions, and descriptions of the films, visit the SLIFF Website.
(DISCLOSURE: I am President of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists and served as a member of the jury for AWFJ's EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature. Additionally, About.com's Rebecca Murray is a member of AWFJ, but she did not serve as a member of the SLIFF 2012 juries.)