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Audience Awards

Festival 2023

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'. This year we have added the Cate Blanchett and Hugh Bonneville Retrospectives so that we could pass this info on to the actors. 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.

Premieres / New Releases

1st: LAST DANCE (Belgium/France) - 53 Votes - 93.4/100
2nd: MAVKA: THE FOREST SONG (Ukraine) - 116 Votes - 92.2/100
3rd: AND THEN COME THE NIGHTJARS (UK) - 161 Votes - 90.4/100

RISE (France) - 21 - 89.7
PARIS MEMORIES (France) - 49 - 89.3
GOLDA (UK/USA) - 131 - 86.2
OPPENHEIMER (USA) - 68 - 85.4
ANGRY ANNIE (France) - 23 - 83.9
PAST LIVES (USA/South Korea) - 110 - 83.4
THE TROUBLE WITH JESSICA (UK) - 139 - 83.3

Retrospectives / Classics

1st: STEAMBOAT BILL JR. (BUSTER PLAYS BUSTER) - 36 votes - 90 .67/100
2nd: JOUR DE FÊTE - 53 votes - 90.57/100
3rd: SAFETY LAST - 22 - 89.83/100

STRANGERS ON A TRAIN - 38 - 85.29
IF…. - 19 - 84.08
DON QUIXOTE - 47 - 83.57
BRIEF ENCOUNTER - 14 - 83.57
THE ITALIAN STRAW HAT - 28 - 82.21
SUNSET BOULEVARD - 14 - 81.96
THE AMERICAN FRIEND - 11 - 81.82

Documentaries

1st: AFGHANISTAN - 66 votes - 96.97/100
2nd: I’M STILL HERE - 81 votes - 96.91/100
3rd: RACHMANINOFF: THE HARVEST OF SORROW - 97 votes - 95.1/100

AN EVENING AT RONNIE SCOTT’S - 89 - 92.15
MY NAME IS ALFRED HITCHCOCK - 50 - 85.5
A COMPASSIONATE SPY - 60 - 81.25
JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY - 19 - 80.53
SEW TO SAY - 18 - 78.75
LOVING HIGHSMITH - 18 - 62.55
LIVE AT MISTER KELLY’S - 12 - 48.83

Independents

1st: AND THEN COME THE NIGHTJARS (UK) - 161 votes - 90.37/100
2nd: PROPH: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE (UK) - 24 - 90.09
3rd: FINALLY NEARLY GETTING THERE 16 - 68.96

Under 10 votes - Not considered:
SALEEM 5 - 85
MUCH ADO ABOUT DYING 9 - 82.64
EMPTY CHURCH - 9 - 77.92
UFOLOGISTS - 9 - 68.47
THE NOTHINGNESS CLUB - 6 - 53.13
THE MOON PEOPLES - 6 - 53.13
THE ADDRESS ON THE WALL - 8 - 50.58

Hugh Bonneville Retro

1st: VICEROY’S HOUSE - 45 votes - 92.22/100
2nd: LOVE AGAIN - 139 votes - 89.21/100
3rd: BREATHE - 19 votes - 88.82/100

FRENCH FILM - 45 - 85.56
TO OLIVIA - 138 - 85.43
W1A - 13 - 81.35
SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE - 32 - 73.53
TWENTY TWELVE - 13 - 72.69
STAGE BEAUTY - 15 - 70.5
THE MONUMENTS MEN - 24 - 69.79
I CAME BY - 29 - 65.81

Cate Blanchett Retro

1st: TÁR - 56 votes - 83.48/100
2nd: THE TALENTED MR RIPLEY - 13 votes - 83.08/100
3rd: NOTES ON A SCANDAL - 22 votes - 79.26/100

BLUE JASMINE - 33 - 79.27
CAROL - 12 - 71.33
ELIZABETH - 9 - 66.11
THE AVIATOR - 9 - 61.39
MANIFESTO - 21 - 59.83