Last April, as we were preparing for the 2013 AIFF Awards Ceremony at the Ashland Armory, we were all very saddened to hear the news of Les Blank’s passing at the age of 77. Six years earlier to the day, on that same stage, we were honoring Les with our 2007 AIFF Artistic Achievement Award, and paying tribute to an amazing man and his exceptional body of work.
Although a man of few words, Les Blank’s original and exuberant approach to both his life and work, spoke volumes and touched our hearts and minds. He had a profound impact on so many in the documentary filmmaking community and beyond. We joyfully celebrate his filmmaking legacy at the AIFF with the 2014 Les Blank Award for Best Feature Length Documentary.
We are also thrilled to announce another new award for 2014 – Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary. We are proud to help acknowledge the essential contribution editors make to excellence in nonfiction filmmaking.
It is fitting to announce these new awards at this time — as we officially open our Call for Entries for the 2014 festival and excitedly begin to look at new work to share with our audiences in April, and ultimately, at the films that will receive these honors at the next AIFF Awards Ceremony.
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