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Audience Awards

Festival 2022

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

Our winning feature film was Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom - a feel-good comedy drams from Bhutan, where a teacher is forced to move to the mountains against his will, but ends up discovering much more than he had anticipated. We hope to screen this film soon at New ark in the regular seasons.

The winning documentary Silver Spitfire: The Longest Flight scored an amazing 98.5 out of 100 from the audience, who were delighted by the presence of one of the pilots, Matt Jones, who held court with an intriguing Q&A.

Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West took out Best Retrospective film. This was included in the Enno Morricone strand of the Festival, and interestingly, the documentary about the composer - Ennio came in third in the documentary votes.

A UK film, Stumbling by Jonathan Harden, won Best Independent film. A hard-hitting film told in the format of a documentary, and focusing on a lead up to a sexual assault.

We are delighted that you all voted for over 120 films with such a wide number of subjects, fact and fiction, which 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.
29 August 2022

Premieres / New Releases

1st: Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom 117 votes 95.3/100
2nd: Return to Dust 67 90.67
3rd: Lost Illusions 106 90.33

Munich: The Edge of War 29 86.59
Where the Crawdads Sing 179 86.18
The Reverend and Mrs. Simpson 102 85.81
Blackbird 84 85.12
Fabian: Going to The Dogs 33 83.64
Surprise Film: Rabiye Kurnaz vs. George W. Bush 78 83.35
Leave No Traces 28 82.21


1st: The Silver Spitfire 81 votes 98.46/100
2nd: My Bones Are Woven 84 94.64
3rd: Ennio 43 94.77

Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka 30 92
Mary Cassatt: Painting the Modern Woman 99 91.4
O Thou Transcendent 57 90.37
Hacking Justice 22 83.49
Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog 78 82.05
My Name Is Gulpilil 17 74.12
The Camera is Ours 10 67.5


1st: Once Upon a Time in the West 29 votes 93/100
2nd: Mr. Jones 48 90.1
3rd: The Ipcress File 12 88.13

The Father 27 87.8
Hiroshima Mon Amour 30 85.6
Paper Moon 10 85.5
What’s Up Doc? 13 84.81
The Last Picture Show 24 83.31
Rabbit Proof Fence 15 82.5
Hyde Park on Hudson 28 80.54


1st: Stumbling 27 Votes 87.83/100
2nd: I’m Fine 16 80.16
3rd: White Whale 10 60.75

Burqa 13 70.96