PAST WINNERS

Past winners at the American Documentary and Animation (AmDocs) Film Festival in Palm Springs include a variety of filmmakers from diverse backgrounds. From first-time filmmakers to seasoned veterans of the industry, those selected for yearly AmDocs honors have been deserving.

2019

Best American Feature - KIFARU

Best American Short - NOBLE SISSLE'S SYNCOPATED RAGTIME

Best International Feature - DEFEND, CONSERVE, PROTECT

Best International Short - CRICKET LIU

International Jury Award - LINE

Judges' Animation Award - GIRL IN THE HALLWAY

Audience Favorite Short - SPACE TO EXPLORE

Film Fund Pitch Winners

Finding YingYing / Take One Shot / This Is National Wake

 

Special Awards
 

Seeing the Bigger Picture Award - Julie Cohen

Rozene Supple Humanitarian Award - Sacheen Littlefeather

Sadie Katz Award for Hustle - M. Douglas Silverstein, The Weight of Success

 

 

2018

Best American Feature - CHURCH & STATE

Best American Short - LOTTE THAT SILHOUETTE GIRL

 

U.S. Special Jury Award (Short) - THE GIRL AND THE PICTURE

International Special Jury Award (Short) - THEA

International Special Jury Award (Feature) - TO VALHALLA

U.S. Feature - MANRY AT SEA

International Feature - MY LIFE WITHOUT AIR

International Short - BLACK MAMBAS

Audience Favorite Short - ON MY WAY OUT: The Secret Life Of Nani And Popi

Audience Favorite Feature - THE PUSH

Film Fund Pitch Winners

Lights, Camera, Uganda / Hurdle / Represent


Special Awards

​Seeing The Bigger Picture Award - LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner

Rozene Supple Humanitarian Award -  George Takei

Sadie Katz Award for Hustle - Greg Thompson, Becoming Marilyn

2017

Film Fund Pitch Winners

Roar of the Lion Cub / Refusing to Ghost / Manry at Sea / The Judge

2016

Film Fund Pitch Winners

United Skates / The Penny Black / Becoming April March

2015

Film Fund Pitch Winners

The Surrounding Game / The Most Fearless / Encounter

2013

Audience Favorite - Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago

Audience Favorite - Do You Know What My Name Is?

Audience Favorite - Dance For Me

 

Film Fund Pitch Winners

Power of Pearl / The Spark / Beerato - The Land of Woman

2012

Audience Favorite - I Stand Corrected

 

Film Fund Pitch Winners

American Bear / Dead Man Rockin' / The Trials of Muhammad Ali

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