Film festivals aren’t just about seeing a whole heap of films, they’re also about celebrating and rewarding excellence. Tonight, at the festival’s closing ceremony, this year’s RIFF awards were announced.

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Review) took home The Golden Puffin, the festival’s highest honour. The jury, consisting of Geofrrey Gilmore, Cedomir Kolar and Erna Kettler, called the film’s director, Ben Zeitlin, one of the foremost independent filmmakers working today. The wonderful Moon Man (Review) received honourable mention.

Sean Baker’s Starlet received the FIPRESCI award from The International Federation of Film Critics.

The Church of Iceland gave the French Israeli film God’s Neighbours its award while also giving honourable mention to Moon Man.

The Audience Award went to the appropriately crowd pleasing Queen of Montreuil (Review) by director Sólveig Anspach.

RIFF’s Environmental Award went to ¡Vivan las Antipodas! by Viktor Kossakovsky.

There’s nothing to really object as these are all pretty great choices, except for the Environmental Awards. It’s a travesty of justice that it didn’t go to Chasing Ice (Review).

Check out all of our comprehensive RIFF coverage here.

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