Fool Serious Awards (copyright)

One of the main activities of Fool Serious is our annual balloting. You may have seen us during the final weekend distributing and collecting ballots. Every year on the final weekend of the Festival, we invite all passholders (and only passholders) to rate the films they saw, on the assumption that the best comparative data comes from people who have lots of films to compare.

2007 Fool Serious Awards

167 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 69 films each.

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
Emma's Bliss 2.75
Sounds of Sand 2.40
La vie en rose 2.36
Four Minutes 2.30
Getting Home 2.19
Paris je t'aime - A Collective Feature Film 2.10
Tell No One 2.06
Vitus 2.03
Prague 2.01
The Life of Reilly 2.00

The Top Documentaries (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Documentaries Rating
For The Bible Tells Me So 2.45
In the Shadow of the Moon 2.39
Ballets Russes 2.22
The Devil Came on Horseback 2.04

The Top Archival Presentations (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Archival Presentations Rating
Max Havelaar 2.66
Berlin: Symphony of a City 2.35
Remains of the Day 2.30
Scaramouche 2.09

The Special Category Award Winners are:

Category Film
Best Director Tie: Zabou Breitman (The Man of My Life), Olivier Dahan (La vie en rose)
Best Script Gillaume Canet and Phillippe Lefebvre (Tell No One)
Best Cinematographer Zhang Li (The Banquet)
Best Music Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (Once)
Best Actor Christian Bale (Rescue Dawn)
Best Actress Marion Cotillard (La vie en rose)
Best Guilty Pleasure Black Sheep

This data was gathered from around midnight Saturday 6/16/07 until very early Sunday 6/17/07.

2006 Fool Serious Awards

171 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 70 films each.

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
Elsa & Fred 2.50
Mother of Mine 2.46
I Am 2.38
Iberia 2.19
The Hidden Blade 2.16
Snow Cake 2.13
The Road To Guantanamo 2.13
So Close, So Far 2.06
The Cave Of The Yellow Dog 2.05
Secret Festival #2 2.04

The Top Documentaries (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Documentaries Rating
The Power Of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear 2.48
Sentenced Home 2.20
The World According to Sesame Street 2.20
The Heart of the Game 2.18

The Top Archival Presentations (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Archival Presentations Rating
Black Orpheus 2.49
Rome, Open City 2.42
The Scarlett Letter 2.41
The Window 2.38

Special Category Awards were not presented this year.

This data was gathered from around midnight Saturday 6/17/06 until very early Sunday 6/18/06.

2005 Fool Serious Awards

163 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 68 films each.

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
Howl's Moving Castle 2.52
Banlieue 13 2.36
The Lizard 2.28
The Ninth Day 2.11
Yes 2.09
Forgiveness 2.05
Our Own 2.05
3-Iron 2.00
Machuca 1.94
Unconscious 1.94

The Top Documentaries (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Documentaries Rating
The Heart of the Game 3.00
The Real Dirt on Farmer John 2.24
Mad Hot Ballroom 2.18
Touch the Sound 1.97

The Top Archival Presentations (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Archival Presentations Rating
The Circus 2.61
Gorky Trilogy 2: My Apprenticeship 1.89
Gorky Trilogy 1: The Childhood of Maxim Gorky 1.39
The Peach Girl 1.31

Special Category Awards were not presented this year.

This data was gathered from around midnight Saturday 6/11/05 until 3:00am Sunday 6/12/05.

2004 Fool Serious Awards

193 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 69 films each.

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
The Twilight Samurai 2.60
Snow Walker 2.48
Since Otar Left 2.46
Hero 2.36
Take My Eyes 2.34
The Story of the Weeping Camel 2.19
Dear Frankie 2.16
The Best Of Youth: Part 2 2.15
The Tulse Luper Suitcases: Part 1, The Moab Story 2.05
Untold Scandal 2.02

The Top Documentaries (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Documentaries Rating
The Corporation 1.99
Heir To an Execution 1.70
Big City Dick 1.68
Paper Clips 1.58

The Top Archival Presentations (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Archival Presentations Rating
Playtime 2.56
The Man on the Train 2.55
The Widow of Saint-Pierre 2.29
The Girl on the Bridge 2.22

The Special Category Award Winners are:

Category Film
Best Director Zhang Yimou (Hero)
Best Script Shane Carruth (Primer) tied with
Yoji Yamada, Yoshitaka Asama (The Twilight Samurai)
Best Cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Hero)
Best Music Tan Dun (Hero)
Best Actor Luis Tosar (Take My Eyes)
Best Actress Since Otar Left
Best Guilty Pleasure Danny Deckchair

This data was gathered from around midnight Saturday 6/12/04 until 3:00am Sunday 6/13/04.

2003 Fool Serious Awards

236 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 63 films each.

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
Oasis 2.70
The Cuckoo 2.68
Whale Rider 2.54
Chaos 2.46
Autumn Spring 2.26
Magdalene Sisters 2.06
Together 2.01
Secret Festival #4 1.92
A Soldier's Girl 1.92
Song For a Raggy Boy 1.84

The Top Documentaries (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Documentaries Rating
Capturing The Friedmans 2.48
Winged Migration 2.39
To Be and To Have 2.12
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised 2.02

The Top Archival Presentations (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Archival Presentations Rating
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin 2.00
Le Cercle Rouge 1.63
Jason and the Argonauts 1.39
Come Drink With Me 1.09

The Special Category Award Winners are:

Category Film
Best Director Niki Caro (Whale Rider)
Best Script Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things)
Best Cinematographer Gergely Pohrnok (Hukkle)
Best Music Zhao Lin (Together)
Best Actor Seol Kyung-gu (Oasis)
Best Actress Moon So-ri (Oasis)
Best Guilty Pleasure So Close

This data was gathered from around midnight Saturday 6/14/03 until 3:30am Sunday 6/15/03.

Serious Fools' Faves for SIFF 2003

2002 Fool Serious Awards

214 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 62 films each.

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
The Fast Runner 2.84
Das Experiment 2.68
Elling 2.66
Minoes 2.47
Mostly Martha 2.13
Sex and Lucia 2.05
A Song for Martin 2.02
Read My Lips 1.97
Door To Door 1.90
Malunde 1.82

The Top Documentaries (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Documentaries Rating
My Voyage to Italy 2.45
Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) 2.00
Into the Fire: American Women in the Spanish Civil War 1.93
Smith Family 1.81

The Top Archival Presentations (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Archival Presentations Rating
Chinatown 3.07
Joint Security Area 2.91
Days of Heaven 2.59
Sweet Smell of Success 2.54

The Special Category Award Winners are:

Category Film
Best Director Julio Medem (Sex and Lucia)
Best Script Julio Medem (Sex and Lucia)
Best Cinematographer Norman Cohn (Fast Runner)
Best Music Liz Gallacher (24 Hour Party People)
Best Actor William Macy (Door To Door)
Best Actress Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher)
Best Guilty Pleasure Happiness of the Hatakuris

This data was gathered from around 10:00pm Saturday 6/15/02 until 2:30am Sunday 6/16/02.

2001 Fool Serious Awards

241 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 63 films each.

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
Divided We Fall 2.47
The Road Home 2.43
Before The Storm 2.19
The New Country 2.17
Joint Security Area 2.16
Bread and Tulips 2.07
The Closet 2.02
National 7 1.96
Together 1.92
Ali Zaoua 1.81

The Top Documentaries (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Documentaries Rating
Endurance 2.35
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures 1.81
Scratch 1.50
Southern Comfort 1.49

The Top Archival Presentations (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Archival Presentations Rating
Diva 2.58
The Bonnie Parker Story 2.46
Betty Blue L'Integral 2.41
Steamboat Bill, Jr. 2.39

This data was gathered from around 11:30pm Saturday 6/16/01 until 4:30am Sunday 6/17/01.

2000 Fool Serious Awards

219 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 63 films each.  We made some minor changes to the rating system this year.

  1. The films were rated on a scale of: Absolute Best (+4), Almost Best (+3), Truly Great (+2), Nearly Great (+1), Good (0), Average (-1), Below (-2), Way Below (-3), or Least Favorite (-4).
  2. Both documentaries and archivals were excluded from the rankings (previously only archivals were excluded).
  3. The Most Favorite category was dropped, replaced by Top Documentaries and Top Archival Presentations.

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
When the Rain Lifts 3.09
Shower 2.70
Under the Sun 2.49
Butterfly 2.39
I'm the One that I Want 2.23
Solas 2.18
The Five Senses 2.14
Kirikou & the Sorceress 2.14
Flowers From Another World 1.93
Girl On the Bridge 1.85

The Top Documentaries (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Documentaries Rating
Long Nights Journey Into Day 2.33
Sound and Fury 2.00
Dark Days 1.73
Keep the River 1.72

The Top Archival Presentations (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Top Archival Presentations Rating
Raging Bull 2.93
Blood Simple 2.59
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie 2.22
Gallipoli 2.05

This data was gathered from around 11:30pm Saturday 6/10/00 until 3:30am Sunday 6/11/00.

1999 (Tenth Annual) Fool Serious Awards

210 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 59 films each. The films were rated on a scale of: Most Favorite (+4), Top of the Heap (+3), Honorable Mention (+2), Guilty Pleasure (+1), Neutral (0), Excusable Irritant (-1), Dishonorable Mention (-2), Bottom of the Heap (-3), or Least Favorite (-4).

The Most Favorite films (those rated Most Favorite by the highest percentage of those who saw it, and by at least 10 voters) are:

Most Favorite Rating
Run Lola Run 44%
Battleship Potemkin 39%
Return With Honor 33%
The Third Man 33%
Limbo 32%
Lovers of the Arctic Circle 28%
Earth 27%
Beseiged 26%
Some Like It Hot 26%
The Red Violin 24%

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
Run Lola Run 3.02
Return With Honor 2.86
Some Like It Hot 2.85
Battleship Potemkin 2.77
Earth 2.75
The Third Man 2.74
Limbo 2.70
The Assault 2.65
The Interview 2.63
One False Move 2.61

Finally, some links to SIFF's official Space Needle Awards:

http://www.seattlefilm.com/press/1999/6.6.99_awards.announced.html

http://www.seattle-pi.com/movies/siff07.shtml

http://www.seattletimes.com/news/entertainment/html98/siff_19990607.html

1998 (9th Annual) Fool Serious Awards

209 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 58 films each.

The Most Favorite films (those rated Most Favorite by the highest percentage of those who saw it, and by at least 10 voters) are:

Most Favorite Rating
Nights of Cabiria 43%
Lea 38%
Kingdom I 38%
Gods and Monsters 35%
The Hanging Garden 28%
Wilde 26%
Frank Lloyd Wright 26%
Smoke Signals 25%
Kingdom II 25%

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
Nights of Cabiria 3.01
Kingdom I 2.93
Gods and Monsters 2.90
Lea 2.87
Frank Lloyd Wright 2.86
Perfect Circle 2.79
The Children of Heaven 2.64
God Said Ha! 2.61
Smoke Signals 2.58

1997 (8th Annual) Fool Serious Awards

171 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 62 films each.

The Most Favorite films (those rated Most Favorite by the highest percentage of those who saw it, and by at least 10 voters) are:

Most Favorite
The Full Monty
Earth
The Pillow Book
Shall We Dance?
Comrades, Almost a Love Story
The Children of the Revolution
La Promesse
Love Serenade

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
Paul Monette 3.06
Shall We Dance? 2.92
The Designated Mourner 2.67
The Full Monty 2.66
Coup de Torchon 2.58
Sick: Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist 2.53
The Emperor's Shadow 2.50
The Unknown 2.50

1996 (7th Annual) Fool Serious Awards

142 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 60 films each.

The Most Favorite films (those rated Most Favorite by the highest percentage of those who saw it, and by at least 10 voters) are:

Most Favorite
Lone Star
The King of the Masks
Trainspotting
The Whole Wide World
Angel Baby
Man with a Movie Camera
Welcome to the Dollhouse

The Most Liked films (those with the highest weighted average vote) are:

Most Liked Rating
Lone Star 3.23
The King of the Masks 3.12
A Feast at Midnight 2.85
Umbrellas of Cherbourg 2.84
Dadetown 2.75
Margaret's Museum 2.71
Man with a Movie Camera 2.65

1995 (6th Annual) Fool Serious Awards

The Most Favorite films (those rated Most Favorite by the highest percentage of those who saw it, and by at least 10 voters) are:

Most Favorite
The Usual Suspects
Smoke
The Postman
Burnt by the Sun
The Kingdom

1994 (5th Annual) Fool Serious Awards

110  holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 57 films each.

The Most Favorite films (those rated Most Favorite by the highest percentage of those who saw it, and by at least 10 voters) are:

Most Favorite
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Eat Drink Man Woman
Clerks
Fresh
Love and Human Remains

1993 (4th Annual) Fool Serious Awards

157 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 52 films each.

The Most Favorite films (those rated Most Favorite by the highest percentage of those who saw it, and by at least 10 voters) are:

Most Favorite
The Wedding Banquet
House of Angels
Un Coeur en Hiver
Orlando
Sofie

1992 (3rd Annual) Fool Serious Awards

93  holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 56 films each.

The Most Favorite films (those rated Most Favorite by the highest percentage of those who saw it, and by at least 10 voters) are:

Most Favorite
Butterfly Wings
Secret Festival #2
IP5
Betty Blue l'Integrale
Martha and I

1991 (2nd Annual) Fool Serious Awards

92 holders of SIFF passes (full series, platinum, press and staff) rated every SIFF film they saw, averaging 60 films each.

The Most Favorite films (those rated Most Favorite by the highest percentage of those who saw it, and by at least 10 voters) are:

Most Favorite
Strangers in Good Company
La Gloire de Mon Pere
Le Chateau de Ma Mere
Secret Festival #2
Halfaouine -- Boy of the Terraces

1990 (1st Annual) Fool Serious Awards

The Most Favorite films (those rated Most Favorite by the highest percentage of those who saw it, and by at least 10 voters) are:

Most Favorite
Jesus of Montreal
May Fools
Mystery Premiere
A Handful of Time
The Spider's Web

Current Ballot Rules

It is probably worth mentioning the rules under which these numbers are assembled.  The following rules apply to the 2007 balloting; they have been essentially unchanged for a number of years, although the early years were different.

All voters rate films on a 9-point scale, from "Absolute Best" to "Least Favorite".  The average rating of a film is then converted to a scale of +4.00 (good) to -4.00 (bad).  Films only qualify for Most Liked if they are rated by over 15 viewers, and are neither documentaries nor archivals.  There is no minimum vote count for Top Documentaries and Top Archivals.  We define archivals as film which have shown at any previous SIFF, or which were in theatrical release 5 or more years before the festival.

Passholders may choose only one film in each special category (Best Director etc).  The film with the most votes wins.

All results come with the caveat that they are only as accurate as the early-AM data entry skills of passholders who have seen 100 films in the past 25 days.

Copyright

All results are copyrighted in the year issued, by Jon Newman and Paul Feavel.  All rights reserved.  Most Favorite, Most Liked, Top, and Best ratings (those on this web page) may be reprinted or electronically posted.  No other portion of these results (those on the printouts distributed by Fool Serious) may be reprinted or electronically posted without prior written permission by the copyright holders.

 

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