Awards & Nominations

Surviving Family has been honored with 20 awards and 19 other nominations!

Flagship International Film Festival
Winner – Best Actress: Sarah Wilson
Nominated – Best Feature

Woods Hole Film Festival

Runner Up - Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature

“Thies skillfully balances a combination of drama and humor without ever sliding too forcefully in either direction, resulting in characters that are both realistic and intriguing in equal measure…we are offered a rich portrait of a family that has learned how to respectfully go back and view a dark past from a different perspective and move on to live a healthier life in a way we can all relate to.” – statement from the Woods Hole Film Festival jury

 

Indie Gathering

Winner – Viewer Choice Award
Winner – Best Actress Award: Sarah Wilson
Runner Up – Best Dramatic Feature
Nominated – Best Supporting Actress Award: Phyllis Somerville
 
 

Columbia Gorge International Film Festival
Winner – Best Narrative Feature
 
 

Central Florida Film Festival
Finalist – Best Narrative Feature

 

 

Nominated – Best Produced Screenplay (Mara Lesemann)
Nominated – Best Female Filmmaker (Laura Thies)
Nominated – Best Cinematography

 
 


Winner – 2012 Courage Award

 

Winner – Best Actress: Sarah Wilson
Winner – Best Supporting Actress: Phyllis Somerville
Winner – Alice Guy Blache Female Filmmaker Award: Laura Thies
Winner – Best Local Movie
Nominated – Best Supporting Actress: Tara Westwood
Nominated – Best Feature
Nominated – Best Local Movie
Nominated – Best Cinematography: Timothy Naylor
Nominated – Best Director: Laura Thies
Nominated – Best Editing: Laura Thies
Nominated – Best Screenplay: Mara Lesemann
Nominated – Best Costume Design: Cortney Hillman

 
 

Trail Dance Film Festival: 
Winner – Festival Director’s Award
Winner – Best Actor (Male or Female): Sarah Wilson
Nominated – Best Feature Drama
Nominated – Best Director: Laura Thies 

 
 
Bergenfeld Film Festival:
Winner – Best Feature Film
 
 
Philadelphia Independent Film Festival
Winner – Best Local Movie

 
Manhattan Film Festival
Winner – Best Family Movie

 
Northeast Film Festival
Winner – Best Feature
Winner – Best Director: Laura Thies
Winner – Best Screenplay: Mara Lesemann
Winner – Breakout Performance: Tara Westwood
Winner – Best Actress: Sarah Wilson
Winner – Best Supporting Actor: Vincent Pastore
Nominated – Best Actor: Billy Magnussen AND Bill Sage
Nominated – Best Actress: Tara Westwood
Nominated – Best Supporting Actor: PJ Sosko
Nominated – Best Supporting Actress: Phyllis Somerville