Entries in the Festival’s signature Sports Film category are judged by a jury of distinguished film and sports professionals.
Every Day, a short about the late Joy Johnson’s record-breaking New York City Marathon run, and the epic documentary The Great Alone, which authenticates the implausible, near-miraculous comeback of the winningest Iditarod racer in history, Lance Mackey, each stole top honors. The jury’s selection of those two remarkably contrasting films gives testimony to the bold diversity of sports films screened. In fact, Festival movie-goers enjoyed films about football, golf, baseball, basketball, hiking, soccer, snowboarding, sled dog racing, marathon running, big-wave surfing – a cinematic smorgasbord of sports, athletes and just plain plucky competitors.
Despite the Festival’s full embrace of everything sports, comedies and drama were also received affectionately. Worthy, a self-described “modern day coming-of-age story for the millennial generation,” and the comedy/drama, All In Time, also earned Audience Choice Awards. The special events highlight was movie and television star John C. McGinley’s gracious acceptance of the 2015 Legacy Award presented not only for his incomparable body of work onscreen but his inspirational advocacy on behalf of Special Olympics, the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.