I AM BREATHING just won Best Documentary Feature at the RiverRun International Film Festival in North Carolina, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Ten films had been chosen for the Documentary Competition, including GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN, SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE, and TWENTY FEET FROM STARDOM. The jurors were Sana Haq, Wendy Mitchell, Jen Ruppman, and Nola Schiff.
Following much critical acclaim at previous festivals, this is the first time the film picked up a major award. The team behind the film is very happy – they just wish the film's protagonist Neil Platt would have lived to see this.
Emma Davie, who directed the film together with Morag McKinnon, said:
"We are absolutely delighted and honoured to receive this award from a festival which has such strong and imaginative support for encouraging films with a creative approach to storytelling. We hope the award will help raise more awareness of this crippling illness in the lead up to the Global Screening Day of the film we are doing on 21 June. We'd like to thank the jury, festival and community from Winston-Salem for their support and encouragement. Neil would have been very pleased!"