The film “It’s Earth Not the Moon,” by Portuguese director Gonçalo Tocha, won Wednesday the Golden Gate Award, for Best Documentary Feature, at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (SFIFF).
The 185 minute award-winning 2011 documentary was filmed on Corvo , the smallest of the nine island of the Azores. Gonçalo received a $20,000 cash prize. The film was released in 2012.
The documentary has won several international film awards, namely a Special Mention at the 2011 Locarno Film Festival; the Best Feature Film Award at the 2011 DOCLisboa International Film Competition.
Hosted by the San Francisco Film Society, the SFIFF featured 200 films and awarded over $70,000 in prizes to emerging and established filmmakers from nine countries around the globe.
The SFIFF, which took place from April 19 to May 3, gathered 100 participating filmmakers and audiences with more than 70,000 people in attendance.
The San Francisco Film Society, with a legacy of more than 50 years, is a national leader in exhibition, education and filmmaker services.
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