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The New Orleans Film Society announced the Jury Award winners of the 30th-annual, Oscar®-qualifying New Orleans Film Festival. Awards in 12 competition categories were presented to filmmakers at the Awards Ceremony held earlier today, Sunday, October 20th at the New Orleans Jazz Market. See all Jury Award winning films listed below.

The New Orleans Film Festival is Oscar®-qualifying in all three Academy-accredited categories: Narrative Shorts, Documentary Shorts, and Animated Shorts. Jury Award-winning films in these categories automatically qualify for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

FILM COMPETITION AWARD WINNERS

Experimental Shorts Competition: The winner of this award will receive a Vimeo Pro Account and a Samsung Gear 360.
Honorable Mention: Mudanza Contemporánea (dir. Teo Guillem)
Jury Award: Spit On The Broom (dir. Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich)

Narrative Shorts Competition – Oscar®-qualifying category: The winner of Best Narrative Short will receive $2500 in Kodak film stock, Final Draft 10 software, and Showbiz budgeting software.
Honorable Mentions:

  • For Acting, Nain Gonzalez Novind in Chemistry of Mood (dir. Nona Schamus)
  • For Cinematography, Feathers (dir. A.V. Rockwell)
  • For Breakthrough in Filmmaking, T (dir. Keisha Rae Witherspoon)

Jury Award: Things That Happen in Bathroom (dir. Edward Hancox)
Click here to see encore screenings of all Narrative Shorts Programs.

Helen Hill Award for Animated Shorts Competition – Oscar®-qualifying category: The winner of this award will receive a Samsung Gear 360.
Honorable Mention: I’m Going Out for Cigarettes (Je sors acheter des cigarettes) (dir. Osman Cerfon)
Jury Award: Guaxuma (dir. Nara Normandie)

Documentary Shorts Competition – Oscar®-qualifying category: The winner of the juried award for Best Documentary Short will receive a Vimeo Pro Account and Showbiz budgeting software.
Honorable Mention: Dani (dir. Lizzy Hogenson)
Jury Award: A Love Song for Latasha (dir. Sophia Nahli Allison)
Click here to see encore screenings of all Documentary Shorts Programs.

Louisiana Shorts Competition: The winner of this award will receive software for Final Draft 10, Showbiz budgeting software, and a Vimeo Pro Account.
Special Jury Mention: All Skinfolk Ain’t Kinfolk (dir. Angela Tucker)
Jury Award: Valerio’s Day Out (dir. Michael Arcos)
Click here to see encore screenings of all Louisiana Shorts Programs.

Narrative Features Competition: The winner of this award will receive a $15,000 Panavision camera rental package and a $13,500 Light Iron Post Production Services Tax Incentives Consultation with Media Services.
Jury Award: TEST PATTERN (dir. Shatara Michelle Ford)

Louisiana Features Competition: The best Louisiana Feature film will receive a $15,000 Panavision camera rental package and (1) Free Screening at Light Iron NOLA’s facility.
Honorable mention: Mossville: When Great Trees Fall (dir. Alexander Glustrom)
Jury Award: The Long Shadow (dir. Daniel Lafrentz)

Documentary Features Competition: The winner of this category will receive a Tax Incentives Consultation with Media Services Final Draft 10, a Vimeo Pro Account, and Showbiz budgeting software.
Honorable Mention: Pier Kids (dir. Elegance Bratton)
Jury Award: EXODUS (dir. Bahman Kiarostami)

Reel South Short Award
Winner: Knocking Down the Fences (dir. Meg Shutzer)

Cinematography Award – Louisiana Feature
The winner of this category will be awarded a $10,000 camera package from PRG Paskal – New Orleans.
Winner: Natalie Kingston for her work on LOST BAYOU

Cinematography Award – Louisiana Short: The winner of this award will receive a $10,000 camera package from PRG Paskal – New Orleans.
Winner: Alex H Payne for his work on Quiet and Clear

Vimeo Staff Pick Award
The winner of this category will receive a $2,500 cash prize from Vimeo.
Winner: Lockdown, dir. Celine Held and Logan George

SOUTH PITCH COMPETITION
University Narrative: Carlos Estrada with Green Water, receives software for Final Draft 10 and a Samsung Gear 360.

University Non-Fiction: Mattison May with Out to Stay, receives software for Final Draft 10 and a Samsung Gear 360.

Narrative Open Call: Erica Scoggins with The Boogeywoman, receives a $40,000 post-production package from Kyotocolor, software for Final Draft 10, and a Vimeo Pro Account.

IF/Then Documentary Short Pitch organized in partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute
The winner of this award will receive a $25,000 production package sponsored by Tribeca Film Institute and a Film Finishing package provided by Storyville Post in addition to $1,000 from POV Shorts for a second pitch project.
Winner: Dorian Munroe with These Kids This City
Runner Up: Cathy Chen and Alejandra Aragon with Disrupted Borders
Special Jury Prize: Darcy McKinnon and Biliana Grozdanova

SCREENPLAY COMPETITION AWARDS
Short Screenplay: Winner receives an unrestricted cash prize of $500.
Winner: Ashley Brim with The Goldfish
Runner Up: Tanya Wheeler with The Middlewife

Episodic Screenplays: Winner receives an unrestricted cash prize of $500.
Winner: Kade Roybal with Mére (Mother)
Runner Up: Megan Tillman with All Fronts

Louisiana Screenplays: The Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association is sponsoring a $1000 prize for the best screenplay from a Louisiana-based writer and a runner-up prize at $500.
Winner: Ahmed Siddiqui with In Their Hearts Was a Disease
Runner Up: Nick Pino with Lupe

Feature Screenplays: Winner receives an unrestricted cash prize of $1000.
Winner: Mike Reid with Execution Day
Runner Up: Felicia Ho with Walk Up