Awards for 2017

Best Actress

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Best Actress

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Best Narrative Short

WINNER

Retouch: Kaveh Mazaheri (director)
Jury Comments: "For its message of choice, liberty, and renewal where the lines of morality and honesty are blurred, leaving the audiences own projection of the events open for discussion and introspection. We appreciated the unification of the aesthetic and the ethical. The winner of the Best Narrative Short goes to Retouch."

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Special Mention

Documentary Feature

WINNER

True Conviction: Jamie Meltzer
"For its compelling storytelling and for introducing us to three heroic characters who transform the injustice they suffered into active change, we give a Special Jury Mention for Best Documentary Feature to Jamie Meltzer's True Conviction."

Audience Award

Documentary

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Narrative

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Student Visionary Award

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Fry Day: Laura Moss
"For its success in balancing an immersive coming of age experience with relevant social commentary in a historically specific context; compelling performances and expert filmmaking, the student visionary award goes to Fry Day."

Special Jury Mention

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Best New Narrative Director

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Keep the Change: Rachel Israel
"For this award, we were looking for a filmmaker with a fearless, authentic voice. Our decision was unanimous. This filmmaker created a world full of vibrant characters often under-represented in cinema. It is a unique, yet universal love story told in a way we've never seen. We anxiously await to see what this filmmaker does next. We are so thrilled to present the award for Best New Narrative Director to Rachel Israel for Keep the Change."

Nora Ephron Prize

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Die göttliche Ordnung: Petra Biondina Volpe
"For its intrepid and compassionate storytelling, beautiful cinematography (DP-ed by a woman), complex characterization of the female experience, seamless navigation of both drama and comedy, and true embodiment of the personal being political, we award the Nora Ephron Prize to Petra Volpe for her film The Divine Order."

Nora Ephron Prize - Special Mention

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Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award

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A Suitable Girl: Sarita Khurana, Smriti Mundhra
"For the top prize we chose a film that helped us to rethink the dynamics of love through a moving portrayal of a cultural tradition. With incredible access, heartfelt scenes and it's strong verite style, The Albert Maysles Prize for first documentary feature goes to A Suitable Girl."

Albert Maysles New Documentary Director Award - Special Jury Mention

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Jury Award

Best Actor in a U.S. Narrative Feature

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One Percent More Humid: Alessandro Nivola
"For his raw, complex and deeply human portrayal of middle-aged teacher and writer who tries to rekindle his creativity by plunging into an ill-advised affair with a student, the award for Best Actor goes to Alessandro Nivola, in Liz W. Garcia's One Percent More Humid."

Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature

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Nadie nos mira: Guillermo Pfening
"For a performance of extraordinary vulnerability and commitment that anchored the film, the Best Actor Award goes to Guillermo Pfening for Nobody's Watching."

Best Actress in an International Narrative Feature

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Die göttliche Ordnung: Marie Leuenberger
"For a performance that is patient, intelligent and graceful, that captured the liberation of a young woman the Best Actress Award goes to Marie Leuenberger for The Divine Order."

Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature

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Blame: Nadia Alexander
"For her powerful, multilayered and risky portrayal of a troubled teenager in Quinn Shepard's accomplished directorial debut Blame, the award for Best Actress goes to Nadia Alexander."

Best Screenplay for a U.S. Narrative Feature

WINNER

Abundant Acreage Available: Angus MacLachlan
"For its portrayal, both universal and intimate, of two families who meet, clash and ultimately discover what it means to call a place home, the best screenplay award goes to Abundant Acreage Available, written and directed by Angus MacLachlan."

Best Screenplay for an International Narrative Feature

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Bába z ledu: Bohdan Sláma
"A screenplay can create a world. With warmth and humor, this movie leads us into a specific and eccentric world driven by an unlikely love story. The Best Screenplay Award goes to Bohdan Sláma for Ice Mother."

Best Cinematography in an International Narrative Feature

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November: Mart Taniel
"We were particularly impressed by the high level of the cinematography of the films we've just seen which had very different styles and demands. One film was particularly audacious and showed supreme command of its visual language. The Best Cinematography Award goes to Mart Taniel for November."

Best Cinematography in a Documentary Feature

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Bobbi Jene: Elvira Lind
"For the film's extraordinary relationship to an artist who is willing to go bare not only in performance but in stunningly intimate scenes that are poetic, honest and moving, seemingly without barriers between camera and subject, we give Best Cinematography to Elvira Lind for Bobbi Jene."

Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature

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Love After Love: Chris Teague
"For creating a visual style that beautifully mirrors the fraught and messy landscape of grief, the cinematography award goes to Love After Love, shot by Chris Teague."

Best Editing in a Documentary Feature

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Bobbi Jene: Adam Nielson
"For a film whose precise economy of construction creates space for the rich sensual palette of a committed artist going through a life change, and whose internal rhythms mirror the art it portrays, we give Best Editing to Adam Nielson for Bobbi Jene."

Best Animated Short

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Best Narrative Short

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Retouch: Kaveh Mazaheri
"For its message of choice, liberty, and renewal where the lines of morality and honesty are blurred, leaving the audiences own projection of the events open for discussion and introspection. We appreciated the unification of the aesthetic and the ethical. The winner of the Best Narrative Short goes to Retouch."

Best Documentary Feature

WINNER

Bobbi Jene: Elvira Lind
"In a diverse field of worthy films, one work captivated our jury with its exquisite blend of emotional depth and rigorous craft. Fulfilling the promise of classic cinema verité, where camera serves as both observer and provocation, this film connected two artists, filmmaker and subject, pushing nonfiction intimacy to bold new places. Our winner documents the deeply personal process of a brilliant woman finding her voice - paired with a director whose own artistic vision dances elegantly with that of her subject. We the jury give the Best Documentary Feature to Elvira Lind's Bobbi Jene."

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Best International Narrative Feature

WINNER

Son of Sofia: Elina Psikou
"When we were watching these movies we were looking for something we hadn't seen before. We unanimously agree that one film challenged us to see in a new way, and we were seduced by the surprising humanity of its difficult characters. The direction was assured, and its tone unique, and we look forward to seeing Elina Psykou's next work. The Best International Narrative Feature Award goes to Son of Sofia."

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Best U.S. Narrative Feature

WINNER

Keep the Change: Rachel Israel
"For her heartwarming, hilarious and consistently surprising reinvention of the New York romantic comedy, which opens a door to a world of vibrant characters not commonly seen on film, the U.S. Narrative Jury gives the Founders Award to Rachel Israel for Keep the Change."

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