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2017 Montclair Film Festival Awards

2017 Montclair Film Festival Awards

(MONTCLAIR, NJ) -- The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) announced the winners of the 2017 film competitions at a ceremony held on Saturday, May 6th at the MFF’s new home, The Investors Bank Film & Media Center. This year’s festival featured four competitive categories with five films in each: Fiction, Documentary, Future/ Now, and New Jersey Filmmaking. The 2017 festival featured over 150 feature and short films screened over ten days.

LADY MACBETH, directed by William Oldroyd, was awarded the festival’s Fiction Feature Prize with the actor Florence Pugh receiving a Special Jury Prize for her performance in LADY MACBETH.

STRONG ISLAND, directed by Yance Ford, took home the Bruce Sinofsky Award in the festival’s Documentary Feature competition.  This award was established in memory of Bruce Sinofsky and was presented by Mr. Sinofsky’s daughter, Claire Sinofsky. A Special Jury Prize for Direction was awarded to Matthew Heineman for CITY OF GHOSTS.

BEACH RATS, directed by Eliza Hittman, was awarded the Future/Now prize, honoring emerging low-budget American independent filmmaking, and SWIM TEAM, directed by Lara Stolman, took home the New Jersey Films Award, which honors a select group of films made by New Jersey artists, and an American Truth Seeker Award given by the jury to Reuben Atlas and Samuel D. Pollard for the film ACORN & THE FIRESTORM.

THE REAGAN SHOW, directed by Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez took home the 3rd Annual David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking, which honors a filmmaker, selected by the festival, who utilizes journalistic techniques to explore important contemporary subjects and is presented in honor of Mr. Carr’s commitment to reporting on the media. The award was presented by Mr. Carr’s daughter, the filmmaker Erin Lee Carr.



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The Montclair Film Festival also announced the winners of the 2017 Audience Awards. The awards are voted upon by audiences in four categories with MAUDIE, directed by Aisling Walsh in Fiction, DOLORES, directed by Peter Bratt in Documentary, CLASH, directed by Mohamed Diab in the World Cinema category, and EDITH + EDDIE, directed by Laura Checkoway in the Short Film category taking home top honors.

The festival also features a Junior Jury, made up of fifteen area High School students representing twelve area schools. The Junior Jury awarded a Special Jury Prize for Innovative Filmmaking to Kitty Green for her film CASTING JONBENET and awarded the top prize to ELIÁN, directed by Tim Golden.

“This year’s films represent a vast range of ideas, artistic approaches, and cinematic points of view,”said Montclair Film Executive Director Tom Hall. “We are honored to be able to share these films with our audiences, and congratulate all of our filmmakers on their outstanding work.”

Congratulations to the 2017 winners of The Montclair Film Festival Awards:

Fiction Feature Competition Winner

LADY MACBETH

Directed by William Oldroyd

 

Fiction Feature Competition

Special Jury Prize for Extraordinary Performance

Florence Pugh for LADY MACBETH

 

Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature Competition Winner

STRONG ISLAND

Directed by Yance Ford

 

Documentary Feature Competition

Special Jury Prize for Direction

Matthew Heinemann, CITY OF GHOSTS

 

Future/Now Winner

BEACH RATS

Directed by Eliza Hittman

 

New Jersey Films Competition Winner

SWIM TEAM

Directed by Lara Stolman

 

New Jersey Films Competition

Special Jury Prize

American Truth Seeker Award

ACORN & THE FIRESTORM

Directed by Reuben Atlas and Samuel D. Pollard

 

Audience Award For Fiction

MAUDIE

Directed by Aisling Walsh

 

Audience Award For Documentary

DOLORES

Directed by Peter Bratt

 

Audience Award For World Cinema

CLASH

Directed by Mohamed Diab

 

Audience Award For Short Film

EDITH + EDDIE

Directed by Laura Checkoway

 

Junior Jury Award

ELIÁN

Directed by Tim Golden & Ross McDonnell

 

Junior Jury Special Jury Prize For Innovative Filmmaking

CASTING JONBENET 

Directed by Kitty Green

 

The Films & Jurors of the 2017 Montclair Film Festival Competitions

 

Documentary Feature Competition

CASTING JONBENET directed by Kitty Green

CITY OF GHOSTS directed by Matthew Heineman

FOR AHKEEM directed by Jeremy S. Levine and Landon Van Zoest

THE REAGAN SHOW directed by Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez

STRONG ISLAND directed by Yance Ford

 

JURORS

Dan O’Meara, VP, Special Projects & Documentary, NEON

Rosie Wong, Sundance Film Festival

Joe McGovern, Journalist, Entertainment Weekly  

 
 

Fiction Feature Competition

AFTERIMAGE directed by Andrzej Wajda

CLASH directed by Mohamed Diab

THE COMMUNE directed by Thomas Vinterberg

LADY MACBETH directed by William Oldroyd

GOOK directed by Justin Chon

 

JURORS

Arianna Bocco, EVP, Acquisitions & Productions, IFC Films

Ashley Clark, Journalist, The Guardian

Robert Eggers, Director, THE WITCH 

 
 

Future/Now

BEACH RATS directed by Eliza Hittman

FITS & STARTS directed by Laura Terruso

MENASHE directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein

PERSON TO PERSON directed by Dustin Guy Defa

THE STRANGE ONES directed by Lauren Wolkstein, Christopher Radcliff

 

JURORS

Holly Herrick, Head of Film & Creative Media, Austin Film Society

Dan Nuxoll, Artistic Director, Rooftop Films

Eliza Berman, Deputy Culture Editor, TIME 

 
 

New Jersey Films Competition

ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM directed by Reuben Atlas and Samuel D. Pollard

ALL WE NEED IS ANOTHER CHANCE directed by Corbett Jones

HELLO HELLO HELLO: LEE RANALDO: ELECTRIC TRIM directed by Fred Riedel

SUPERGIRL directed by Jessie Auritt

SWIM TEAM directed by Laura Stolman

 

JURORS

Charles Poekel, Director, CHRISTMAS, AGAIN

Tom Roston, Journalist and Author, I Lost It At The Video Store

Raphaela Neihausen, Executive Director, DOC NYC

 
 

ABOUT MONTCLAIR FILM

Montclair Film, a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, nurtures and showcases the talents of filmmakers from around the region and world. Montclair Film unites, empowers, educates, and celebrates our region’s diverse cultural heritage and robust artistic community by presenting engaging programs and events all year long. The sixth annual Montclair Film Festival will take place from April 28 through May 7, 2017. MFF 2017 is made possible through generous support from Investors Bank; Audible; Hackensack Meridian Health; the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; Ashenfelter, Slous, McDonough, Golia & Trevenen, LLP; Chubb; Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; and William H. Connolly & Co., and others.  Our programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism and New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For information about Montclair Film, visit www.montclairfilmfest.org


originally published: 2017-05-08 14:42:54


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