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New Orleans Film Society

Jury Awards

In total, the New Orleans Film Festival will hand out more than $75,000 in cash and prizes to winning filmmakers in this year’s festival.

The following is a list of winners:
2012 JURY AWARD WINNERSNEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL

Animated Short Award
Jurors: John Durbin, Rachel Morgan, Huck Wirtz
Prize: $500 cash prize sponsored by Bayou FX + three animation software packages from Smith-Mico, Inc.
Honorable Mention: The Hopper – dir. Alex Bruel Flagstad)
Winner: El delirio del pez león (Lionfish Delusion) – dir. Quique Rivera

Experimental Short Award
Jurors: Kidlat Tahimik, Penny Lane, Mary Magsaman
Prize: $500 cash prize sponsored by NOFS
Honorable Mention: HyperLightness ad adbsurdum – dir. Margarida Sandinha
Winner: Two Seconds After Laughter – dir. David Rousseve

Documentary Short Award
Jurors: Sean Flynn, Chris Boeckmann, and Nancy Schwartzman
Prize: $250 cash prize and budgeting and scheduling software sponsored by MovieMagic
Honorable Mention: In Search of Avery WIllard – dir. Cary Kkehayan
Winner: A Story of the Modlins – dir. Sergio Oksman

Narrative Short Award
Jurors: Josh Penn, Opeyemi Olukemi, and Tim Rhys
Prize: $2500 in film stock, sponsored by Kodak
Special Jury Mention: Queen – dir. Adam Ross
Special Jury Mention: Amos – dir. Taylor Maxwell
Winner: Asad – dir. Bryan Buckley

Documentary Feature Award
Jurors: Michael Lumpkin, Lois Vossen, Tia Lessen
Prize: $10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision
Special Jury Mention: Call Me Kuchu – dirs. Katherine Fairfax-Wright and Malika Zouhali-Worrall
Winner: Ultimate Christian Wrestling – dirs. Tara Autovino and Jae-Ho Chang

Narrative Feature Award
Jurors: Michelle Satter, Neal Block, Angela Tucker
Prize: $10,000 camera package from Panavision
Honorable Mention: Four – dir. Joshua Sanchez
Winner: Francine – dir. Melanie Shatzky and Brian Cassidy

Louisiana Short Award
Jurors: Lisa Lucas, Jay Thames, Ken Korman
Prize: $9,000 camera package from Division Camera
Honorable Mention: A Most Complex Form of Ventriloquism – dir. Ashley Brett Chipman
Winner: What Happens When Robert Leaves the Room – dir. Zack Godshall

Louisiana Feature Award
Jurors: Mike Scott, George Ingmire, and Luisa Dantas
Prize: $9000 camera package from Division Camera
Honorable Mention: Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads – dir. Michael Schrialli
Winner: T-Galop – dir. Connie Castille

Best Cinematography for a Louisiana Film
$10,000 camera package from Fletcher Camera
Winner: Madchen, dir. Ji Un Choi

Programmer’s Award
Prize: $500 cash prize from New Orleans Film Society
Winner: Ultimate Christian Wrestling

Cinema Reset Award
$2000 camera package from Division Camera
Winner: Courtney Egan

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A small number of select films competed for grand jury awards in eight different categories at the New Orleans Film Festial: Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animated Short, Experimental Short, and two categories for films made by Louisiana filmmakers, one for Features and one for Shorts. The Film Festival chooses jurors who represent leaders in the film industry: accomplished filmmakers, curators, critics, industry professionals, and educators.

The following films were in competion for Grand Jury Prizes:

Narrative Features
Winning filmmaker receives $10,000 camera package, sponsored by Panavision.
Dead Dad (dir. Ken J. Adachi)
Four (dir. Joshua Sanchez)
Francine (dir. Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky)
It’s a Disaster (dir. Todd Berger)
Leave Me Like You Found Me (dir. Adele Romanski)
Now, Forager (dir. Jason Cortlund and Julia Halperin)
Pilgrim Song (dir. Martha Stephens)

Documentary Features
Winning filmmaker receives $10,000 camera package, sponsored by Panavision.
Bayou Blue (dir. Alix Lambert and David McMahon)
Call Me Kuchu (dir. Malika Zouhali-Worrall and Katherine Fairfax Wright)
Captive Beauty (dir. Jared Goodman)
A Girl Like Her (dir. Ann Fessler)
Informant (dir. Jamie Meltzer)
The Mechanical Bride (dir. Allison de Fren)
Trash Dance (dir. Andrew Garrison)
Ultimate Christian Wrestling (dir. Jae-Ho Chang and Tara Autovino)

Narrative Shorts
Winning filmmaker receives $2,500 in film stock, sponsored by Kodak.
Reunion (dir. Benjamin Kruger)
Reinaldo Arenas (dir. Lucas Leyva)
92 Alonzo Mourning Skybox Rookie Card (dir. Todd Sklar)
This Vacuum Is Too Loud (dir. Gus Pewe)
Spark (dir. Annie Silverstein)
My Name Is Your First Love (dir. Rob Richert)
Fat Camp (dir. Adam Jordan Isaacs)
Homebody (dir. Kate Marks)
I Am John Wayne (dir. Christina Choe)
Asad (dir. Matt Lefebvre)
Fresh Skweezed (dir. Ryan Parker)
The Chair (dir. Grainger David)
Amos (dir. Taylor Maxwell)
Kids With Guns (dir. Logan Rees)
Sepulte (The Buried) (dir. Jonathan Pope Evans)
Queen (dir. Adam Rose)

Documentary Shorts
Winning filmmaker receives a $250 cash prize sponsored by the New Orleans Film Society and a budgeting & scheduling software package sponsored by MovieMagic.
In Search of Avery Willard (dir. Cary Kehayan)
Life in Black and White (dir. Regina Rivard)
Mrs. Buck in Her Prime (dir. Erick Yates Green)
Reborning (dir. Helen Hood Scheer and Yael Bridge)
Slab City Prom (dir. Jordan Blady)
Solo, Piano–NYC (dir. Anthony Sherin)
A Story for the Modlins (dir. Sergio Oksman)

Animated Shorts
Winning filmmaker will receive a $500 cash prize, sponsored by Bayou FX, and three animation software packages sponsored by Smith-Micro Software, Inc.
A Tooth Tale (dir. Ron Fleischer)
Being Bradford Dillman (dir. Emma Burch)
Cadaver (dir. Jonah D. Ansell)
Choreography for Plastic Army Men (dir. David B. Fain)
Dark Vessel (dir. Rocky Curby)
Lionfish Delusion (El deliro del pez leon) (dir. Quique Rivera Rivera)
Green Acres (dir. James Beck)
Pareidolia (dir. Maya Erdelyi)
Sympathy for the Fish (dir. Richard O’Connor)
The Hopper (dir. Alex Brüel Flagstad)
The Hunter (dir. Marieka Walsh)
Thumb Snatchers from the Moon Cocoon (dir. Bradley Schaffer)
Troy: Naked Boys Behind Bars, Sing! (dir. Michael Derry)
Wiggle Room (dir. Joey Shanks)

Experimental Shorts
Winning filmmaker will receive a $500 cash prize sponsored by the New Orleans Film Society.
Light Plate (dir. Josh Gibson)
Organ (dir. Jin Kyu Ahn)
Two Seconds After Laughter (dir. David Rouss�ve)
HyperLightness ad absurdum (dir. Margarida Sardinha)
Tuesday (dir. Jon Simmons)
Decision Making (A Triptych) (dir. E. Aaron Ross)
The Hungry Boy (dir. Cem Kurtulus)
Ghost of Yesterday (dir. Tony Gault)

Louisiana Shorts
Winning filmmaker will receive a $9000 camera rental package, sponsored by Division Camera.
The Woodshed (dir. Kd Amond)
Madchen (dir. Ji Choi)
What Happens When Robert Leaves the Room (dir. Zack Godshall)
The Clock (dir. Zac Manuel)
The Total Human Experience (dir. Evan Falbaum)
A Most Complex Form of Ventriloquism (dir. Ashley Brett Chipman)

Louisiana Features
Winning filmmaker will receive a $9000 camera rental package, sponsored by Division Camera.
Trailer Park Jesus (dir. Sean Gerowin)
T-Galop: A Louisiana Horse Story (dir. Conni Castille)
Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads (dir. Michael Schrialli)
Face 2 Face (dir. Katherine Brooks)
The Sonambulist (dir. Rachel Grissom)

Additionally, a number of other awards will be presented:

Best Cinematography for a Louisiana Film
Prize: $10,000 camera rental package, sponsored by Fletcher Louisiana

Programmer’s Award for Artistic Vision
Prize: $500 cash prize from Tectus Security

Cinema Reset Award
Prize: $2000 camera rental package, sponsored by Division Camera

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature (to be announced after the festival)
Prize: Lomokino 35mm movie camera, sponsored by Lomography

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature (to be announced after the festival)
Prize: Lomokino 35mm movie camera, sponsored by Lomography

Audience Award for Best Louisiana Feature (to be announced after the festival)
$10,000 post-production package from Digital FX

Audience Award for Best Louisiana Short (to be announced after the festival)
$10,000 post-production package from Digital FX

Winning filmmakers in every category will also receive a set of headphones, sponsored by Urbanears.