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Teens on top in Slamdance award winners

Teen tales -- of bullied kids fighting back through film, and a lovelorn girl in a scripture trivia competition -- were the big winners at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival.

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Matt Johnson's "The Dirties" was named the Grand Jury Sparky Award winner in narrative features, while Nicole Teeny's "Bible Quiz" won the same award in the documentary category.

"The Dirties" also won the Spirit of Slamdance Sparky Award, which was presented at Thursday's award ceremony by actor/director Thomas Jane.

Other winners:

Audience Award, feature documentary • "My Name Is Faith," by Jason Banker, Jorge Torres-Torres, Tiffany Sudela-Junker.

Audience Award, feature narrative • "Hank and Asha," by James E. Duff.

Special Mention, feature narrative • "Joy De V.," by Nadia Szold.

Grand Jury Sparky Award, short documentary • "The Birdman," by Jessie Auritt.

Grand Jury Sparky Award, animation (short) • "I Am Tom Moody," by Ainslie Henderson.

Grand Jury Sparky Award, short film • "Rotkop," by Jan Roosens and Raf Roosens.

Special Mention, short film • "Josephine and the Roach," by Jonathan Langager; and "Donald Cried," by Kris Avedisian.

Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography • Dieter Deventer, "Fynbos."

-- Sean P. Means

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