The 2010 Traverse City Film Festival came to a close with the awards ceremony and celebration held at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City. Michael Moore announced the winners from a fabulous week of films and terrific juries who poured over each film in each category. Here are the winners!

Best Fiction Film, Audience Award

The Concert

Best Nonfiction Film, Audience Award

The Most Dangerous Man in America

Best Film, Fiction Jury Award

In the Beginning

Best Original Vision, Fiction Jury Award

Castaway on the Moon

Best Debut Feature, Fiction Jury Award

Mid-August Lunch

Fiction Jury Prize for Breakthrough Performance

Farsan (Father) – Jan Fares

Fiction Jury Prize for Emerging Talent

Tiny Furniture – Lena Dunham, The Happy Poet – Paul Gordon

Best Film, Nonfiction Jury Award

The Miscreants of Taliwood

Best Nonfiction U.S., Jury Award

How to Fold a Flag

Best Nonfiction Foreign, Jury Award

His & Hers

Special Jury Prize, Nonfiction Jury Award

Smile ‘Til It Hurts: The Up With People Story

Best Human Rights Film, Nonfiction Jury Award

Waiting for ‘Superman

Best Environmental Film, Nonfiction Jury Award


Spirit Award, Nonfiction Jury Award

Reel Injun

Best Fiction Short Film

The Hardest Part – Oliver Refson (UK)

Best Nonfiction Short Film

How to Save a Fish From Drowning– Kelly Neal (UK)

Best Animated Short Film

The Man Who Slept – Ines Sedan (France, Canada)

Emerging Filmmaker Short Film

God of Love – Luke Matheny (USA)

Judges’ Special Mention Short Film

Off Season – Jonathan Van Tulleken (USA)

 Founders Prize, Fiction Award

Lebanon, PA, A Brand New Life

Founders Prize, Nonfiction Award

The Elephant in the Living Room

The Tillman Story

Special Founders Prize

To entire group of short-film filmmakers and to Reel Injun

Top Founders Prize

Will You Marry Us?


Stanley Kubrick Award for Bold and Innovative Filmmaking

To Cuban filmmakers in Traverse City for the festival’s salute to Cuban filmmaking

Read about the Traverse City Film Festival closing party in Elizabeth Edwards’ blog
 Look over a week of on the street coverage of the Traverse City Film Festival by the MyNorth bloggers

Photo(s) by Lissa Edwards