Each year the St. Louis International Film Festival holds juried competitions for documentary and narrative features in conjunction with the St. Louis Film Critics Association. The awards are named in honor of the late St. Louis Post-Dispatch critics Joe Williams (Documentary Feature) and Joe Pollack (Narrative Feature). The Festival chooses eight films to compete in each category. The award winners are selected by two separate juries, each composed of six StLFCA full and associate members.

2015 StLFCA Jury Award Winners

[Awarded November 15, 2015]

Joe Williams (PHOTO: LAURIE SKRIVAN, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH)

Joe Williams (PHOTO: LAURIE SKRIVAN, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH)

The Joe Williams Documentary Feature Award

Jurors: Pete Timmermann (Chair), PlaybackSTL; Martha Baker, KDHX (88.1 FM); Mary Cox, Alton Telegraph; Mark Reardon, KMOX (1120 AM); Tom Stockman, We Are Movie Geeks; and Lynn Venhaus, Belleville News-Democrat. 

Competing Films: The Anthropologist, Becoming Bulletproof, The Champions, In My Father’s House, Killing Them Safely, My Voice, My Life, Romeo Is Bleeding, Thank You for Playing

Winner: Romeo Is Bleeding

Joe Pollack (Photo: KEVIN A. ROBERTS, St. Louis Magazine)

Joe Pollack (Photo: KEVIN A. ROBERTS, St. Louis Magazine)

The Joe Pollack Narrative Feature Award

Jurors: Jim Batts (Chair), We Are Movie Geeks; Diane Carson, KDHX (88.1 FM); Mark Glass, Clayton-Richmond Heights Patch; Robert Hunt, Riverfront Times; Karl Sides, WDLJ (97.5 FM) and The Flick Fanatic; and Jim Tudor, TwitchFilm and ZekeFilm.

Competing Films: Band of Robbers, The Dinner, Embrace of the Serpent, The Kindergarten Teacher, Once in a Lifetime, Sea Fog, The Summer of Sangaile, Theeb

Winner: Once in a Lifetime