Cinema MFA student Javier Roberto Carlos Briones wins Princess Grace JustFilm Documentary Award. MFA student Natalie Tsui wins Film Honoraria.
Javier Roberto Carlos Briones made his first documentary, El Puente, at the age of 22, which won the "Best of The Fest" award at the San Francisco VideoFest. Since then, his filmmaking practice has expanded into diverse genres- experimental documentary, fictional narratives and music videos. Javier employs his curiosity about the world, his passion for social justice and his love of travel to make films that are visual representations of little-known realities and poignant documents of the human experience. He has directed films which have screened in prominent U.S. festivals as well as in Shanghai and Berlin- where, in 2011, he won the Delphic Art Movie Award for the documentary Made in China.
Natalie Tsui (b. 1985, Hong Kong) is an experimental filmmaker living in Oakland, California. A queer Asian American, Natalie’s work revolves around identity, memory, and cultural hegemony. Her rhizomatic films resist linear rationalization, blurring lines between past and present, reality and artifice, right and wrong. Natalie’s films have screened in the National Queer Arts Festival, the SF International Asian American Film Festival, and the Festival de Cannes. She is the recipient of the Fotokem Graduate Student Grant, the Leo Diner Memorial Scholarship, and the John Gutmann Award. Her thesis work, Persistence of Memory, is an experimental science fiction about a computer programmer who falls in love with her digital creation.