Audience Awards

Festival 2021

The Voting

Every year the Chichester International Film Festival audiences vote for their favourite films in four categories: 'Premieres, Previews & New Release'; 'Documentaries'; 'Retrospectives/Classics'; and 'Independents'. Below you will find the top ranked in each section.

The scores are calculated after each audience member gives the viewed films a score from 1 to 5. These votes are then revised according to how many people saw the film, with films attracting less than 10 votes not considered.

From the Artistic Director

What a surprise indeed, that our winning feature film was the Surprise Film: The Collini Case - the UK premiere of a German film that has had little exposure since covid and virtually unknown to our UK audience.

The winning documentary Summer of Soul wowed our audience with its mixture of outstanding jazz and soul music combined with social comment.

With the winning retrospective film being Bernard Tavernier's Round Midnight - probably the best fiction film made about jazz, there is clearly a growing appetite for jazz with the great success and high scores for Django, Jazz on a Summer's Day, Billie and the 3 live jazz gigs

Neil Monaghan's Election Night winning the best low budget independent film was another welcome surprise with its provoctative theme of extreme political debate morphing into horror tropes - and a lively debate ensued with the audience.

We are delighted that you all voted for over 120 films with such a wide number of subjects, fact and fiction, whch gives audiences, film makers, and the Festival team, such valuable feedback and insight.

Congratulations to the all the winning film makers!
Roger Gibson, Artistic director.
30 August 2021

Premieres / New Releases

1st - 95.65 - The Collini Case (Surprise Film)
2nd - 93.28 - The Courier
3rd - 93.07 - Django

4th - 90.37 - The Duke (Closing Gala)
5th - 84.49 - Minamata
6th - 87.76 - The War Below
7th - 86.26 - Delicieux
8th - 86.26 - Helene
9th - 82.93 - The Last Bus
10th - 82.91 - I'm Your Man

Documentaries

1st - 91.24 - Summer of Soul
2nd - 90.00 - Jazz on a Summer's Day
3rd - 88.00 - Escher: Journey Into Infinity

4th - 87.50 - Billie
5th - 85.25 - A Love Supreme
6th - 84.91 - Maria by Callas
7th - 82.67 - Sisters
8th - 76.50 - The Reason I Jump
9th - 75.29 - Misha and the Wolves
10th - 74.42 - Karajan

Retrospectives / Classics

1st - 91.33 - Round Midnight
2nd - 86.00 - The Golem (with Live Piano)
3rd - 85.56 - Death in Venice

4th - 83.08 - Nashville
5th - 81.85 - Insomnia
6th - 78.75 - The Watchmaker of St Paul
7th - 74.25 - Tenet
8th - 73.93 - Amarcord
9th - 73.90 - 8 1/2
10th - 73.13 - Accident

Independents

1st - 76.76 - Election Night
2nd - 75.68 - Letters of Happiness
3rd - 68.75 - The Badger