The Shepherd, Gozo and Selling Isobel among Raindance winners

The Shepherd won three awards
The Shepherd won three awards

Spanish language films have dominated this year’s Raindance Film Festival awards, with The Shepherd taking three prizes – Best Film, Best Director for Jonathan Cenzual Burley and Best Actor for Miguel Martin. It follows the story of a man whose home and livelihood are threatened by a big construction company that wants his land.

The jury – including actors Joanna Lumley, Stephen Fry, Imelda Staunton, Jodie Whittaker and Olivia Colman, as well as a number of critics – awarded the Best Actress prize to Camila Romagnolo for Hortensia.

And the Best Screenplay award went to Joaquin del Paso and Lucy Pawlak for Panamerican Machinery.

There was a major award for a UK feature. Miranda Bowen’s Gozo won – Best UK Film.

Rudolf Buitendach's Selling Isobel won the Raindance Indie Award
Rudolf Buitendach’s Selling Isobel won the Raindance Indie Award

South African-born, LA-based director Rudolf Buitendach won the festival’s Indie Award for his third feature, Selling Isobel, a drama exposing the sex-slave industry in London.



The Best Documentary prize went to Growing Up Coy, which follows a Colorado family’s efforts to win support for their transgender six year old to use the girl’s toilets at school.

The Raindance organisers also handed a Film of the Festival Award to Rick Darge’s Zen Dog, about a man whose daily routine is altered when he takes up lucid dreaming.

Raindance 2016 also handed out Auteur Award, for the first time, to the two-time Palme d’Or-winning director Ken Loach.

The full list of Raindance winners:

Best Film  – The Shepherd

Best Director – Jonathan Cenzual Burley (The Shepherd)

Best Actor – Miguel Martin (The Shepherd)

Best Actress – Camila Romagnolo (Hortensia)

Best Screenplay – Joaquin del Paso and Lucy Pawlak (Panamerican Machinery)

Best UK FeatureGozo

Best Documentary FeatureGrowing Up Coy

Discovery Award/Best Debut FeatureKamper

Indie AwardSelling Isobel

Film of the Festival AwardZen Dog

Raindance Co-Produciton Best Potential for Brand Partnership Award, Supported by Imaginative Exposure The Bicycle

Best Short FilmA l’Arraché (Snatched)

Best UK Short FilmHealey’s House

Best Music Video  – Joy