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Give Up Tomorrow Wins 2011 Heineken Audience Award!

It's YOUR award. The people's choice this year? An impassioned doc about a wrongful imprisonment. See it, and runners-up Semper Fi: Always Faithful and Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, today!

Heineken Audience Award Winner

The votes are in! This year's Heineken Audience Award has been a thriller of a competition. The standings were hotly contested, changing by the minute and by the screening, with a variety of docs (Beats, Rhymes & Life: A Tribe Called Quest, When the Drum is Beating, Koran by Heart, The Loving Story, Like Water, The Bully Project) and narratives (Romantics Anonymous and Maria My Love) battling it out.

Give Up Tomorrow

But now we officially have the winner of the 2011 Heineken Audience Award:

Give Up Tomorrow

Congratulatious to director Michael Collins, who wins the $25,000 prize from Heineken.


Second Place went to another expository documentary, Semper Fi: Always Faithful, and coming up in Third Place is the crowd-pleasing Carol Channing: Larger Than Life. Together, these three films make for a diverse, enlightening trio of documentaries.

Check out the final top 10 list—what almost made the cut?

All winning films will screen at the Clearview Cinemas Chelsea on Sunday, May 1. Click here for all award screenings, including the jury-selected films, also making encore appearances on Sunday. Make it a marathon!

A list of the Heineken Audience Award top three follows.


Give Up Tomorrow

TFF 2011 Heineken Audience Award Winner
Give Up Tomorrow

In 1997, Paco Larrañaga was arrested for the murder of two sisters on a provincial island in the Philippines. Over the next 13 years, his case became the highest profile in the nation's history, and the focal point in a far-reaching exposé of gross miscarriage of justice. At once an engrossing murder mystery, a courtroom drama, and a stunning indictment of national corruption, Give Up Tomorrow is an enraging true crime chronicle.


Faces of the Festival: Michael Collins and Marty Syzuco
Meet two filmmakers who put their lives on the line to save another. Films like this one are evidence that documentaries are in fact changing the world.


Get tickets:
Sunday, May 1, 12:00 PM

Sunday, May 1, 9:00 PM


Semper Fi

TFF 2011 Audience Award: Second Place
Semper Fi: Always Faithful

Master Sergeant Jerry Ensminger's loyalty was always to the Marine Corps. But after his nine-year-old daughter died of a rare type of leukemia, Jerry's relentless search for answers leads to a shocking discovery exposing one of the largest water contamination sites in U.S. history. Living by the Marine creed, this drill instructor-turned-activist puts his own pain aside and takes on the top brass in an impassioned struggle for justice on behalf of his fellow soldiers and family.

Faces of the Festival: Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon
These fearless filmmakers waded through one the largest water contamination incidents in US history, with a grieving father as their beacon.

Get tickets:
Sunday, May 1, 3:45 PM

Sunday, May 1, 6:45 PM


Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

TFF 2011 Audience Award: Third Place
Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

The story of legendary performer Carol Channing's life is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. Director Dori Berinstein captures the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon and throws it at the screen like roses at the stage during curtain call. You'll have a grin on your face and a tear in your eye, evidence that the original Dolly Levi is still glowin', still crowin', and still goin' strong.

Get tickets:
Sunday, May 1, 1:00 PM

Sunday, May 1, 10:30 PM


Congratulations to all the winners! Hope to see you on Sunday...



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