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Winners Announced for Audience Choice Awards, Presented by Xfinity!

Published: October 26, 2021  |  Filed under: Festival News

The ballots have been tallied. Festival-goers across the US cast their votes, and we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 57th Chicago International Film Festival Audience Choice Awards presented by Xfinity!

The Audience Choice Award for Feature Film goes to the Festival’s Closing Night selection King Richard by director Reinaldo Marcus Green! Based on the true story that will inspire the world, the film tells the inspiring story of an undeterred father who raised two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time. The profoundly moving film shows the power of family, perseverance and unwavering belief as a means to achieve the impossible and impact the world. Learn more about the film…

The Audience Choice Award for International Feature goes to the Festival’s Silver Hugo Jury Prize winner Drive My Car by director Ryusuke Hamaguchi from Japan! Sprawling yet intimate, playful and elegant, Drive My Car is a moving meditation on the beauty of human connection and the transformative power of the journey. Learn more about the film…

The Audience Choice Award for Documentary goes to Punch 9 for Harold Washington. Director Joe Winston’s film held its World Premiere at this year’s Festival and chronicles the captivating rise, surprising reign, and enduring legacy of Chicago’s first African American Mayor, Harold Washington. Learn more about the film…

The Audience Choice for Short Film is shared by Black Perspectives entry Artistic by director Nina Lee, and Death and the Lady from directors Geoff Bailey and Lucy Struever, which played in the Family-Friendly Animation program.
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A big congratulations to all the Audience Award winners from this year’s Festival! See the complete Competition Awards winners.

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