On Monday, Cinema/Chicago and the 50th Chicago International Film Festival announced the recipients of the Audience Choice Awards from their recent slate of films that were open to the public from October 9-23. Winners were chosen based of audience ratings and voting results from ballots that were tallied after each screening over the course of schedule. A five-point scale was used and scores were averaged to determine the winners. The Audience Choice Awards were presented by Wintrust Community Banks as the chief awards sponsor. The winners of the Audience Choice Awards for the 50th Chicago International Film Festival were as follows.
Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative English-Language Feature: “The Imitation Game”
Benedict Cumberbatch plays genius British mathematician and scientist Alan Turing. He and a time of fellow intellectuals were in charge of British attempts to crack the German Enigma Code used during World War II. He went on to foster the birth of computers while dealing with his then-illegal homosexual stature. “The Imitation Game” is directed by Morten Tyldum, co-stars Kiera Knightley and Matthew Goode, and will arrive in theaters nationwide this November,
Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Foreign-Language Feature: “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”
A foreign film comedy entry from Sweden and director Felix Hergren, “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” is a bit of a Swedish take on “Forrest Gump.” Hijinks get out of hand after a wily senior citizen discovers a suitcase full of money and sets himself free for a wild journey and adventure that reflects on his life. The film is based on the bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson.
Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature: “Red Army”
Directed by Emmy award-winning Chicago filmmaker Gabe Polsky, “Red Army” is a sports documentary about the Soviet Union national hockey team and their trials, tribulations, victories, and defeat from the other side of the Cold War.
Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film: “On Beauty”
Directed by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Joanna Rudnick, this short film tells the story of Rick Guidotti, a fashion photographer who wanted to give the less fortunate better attention with his camera. His goal was to showcase people with handicaps and genetic conditions that are normally ignored by popular media and the prevailing society idea of beauty and fashion.
The 51st Chicago International Film Festival will be held October 15-29, 2015. New films will be submitted all year in between.