Awards

See all #NOFF2019 Jury Award winners here and Audience Award winners here.

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.

 

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.

 

Best Louisiana Feature Award

The best Louisiana Feature film will receive a $15,000 Panavision camera rental package and (1) Free Screening at Light Iron NOLA’s facility.

 

Vimeo Staff Pick Award

The winner of this category will receive a $2,500 cash prize from Vimeo.

 

Best Cinematography Prize (Louisiana Feature)

The winner of this category will be awarded a $10,000 camera package from PRG Paskal – New Orleans.

 

Best Narrative Short
Academy-Award® Qualifying Category*

The winner of Best Narrative Short will receive $2500 in Kodak film stock, Final Draft 10 software, and Showbiz budgeting software.

*The jury-winning film automatically qualifies for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

 

Best Documentary Short
Academy-Award® Qualifying Category*

The winner of the juried award for Best Documentary Short will receive a Vimeo Pro Account and Showbiz budgeting software.

*The jury-winning film automatically qualifies for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

 

Helen Hill Award for Animation
Academy-Award® Qualifying Category*

The winner of this award will receive a Samsung Gear 360.

*The jury-winning film automatically qualifies for consideration for the Annual Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

 

Best Experimental Short

The winner of this award will receive a Vimeo Pro Account and a Samsung Gear 360.

 

Best Louisiana Short

The winner of this award will receive software for Final Draft 10, Showbiz budgeting software, and a Vimeo Pro Account.

 

Best Cinematography Prize (Louisiana Short)

Additionally, this prize will be presented to a Louisiana Short with a $10,000 camera package from PRG Paskal – New Orleans.

 

South Pitch Narrative Winner

The winner of this award will receive a $40,000 post-production package from Kyotocolor, software for Final Draft 10, and a Vimeo Pro Account.

 

IF/Then Doc Short Pitch Winner

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.

 

South Pitch Student Doc Winner

The winner of this award will receive software for Final Draft 10 and a Samsung Gear 360.

 

South Pitch Student Narrative Winner

The winner of this award will receive software for Final Draft 10 and a Samsung Gear 360.

Jurors

 

Narrative Features jury:

 

Derek Nguyen

Derek Nguyen wrote and directed The Housemaid (Cô Hầu Gái), released theatrically by IFC Films in 2018. He was previously Director of Operations & Creative Affairs for Gamechanger Films and recently co-founded The Population, a film production company focusing on feature films by or about underrepresented groups.

 

Andrew Murphy

Andrew Murphy is Director of Programming for Inside Out, which manages the largest LGBTQ Film Festival in Toronto and also the LGBTQ Film Festival in Ottawa. Previously, he spent 12 years as Programming Manager for the Atlantic Film Festival and ViewFinders: International Film Festival for Youth in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

 

Amanda Salazar

Amanda Salazar is a Programmer with the SFFILM Festival. She is also the co-director of the Camera Obscura Film Society and the Guest Programmer at Northwest Film Forum. Previously, she was the VP of Film Acquisitions at Fandor and Program Director of the Newport Beach Film Festival.

 

Documentary Features jury:

 

Chloë Walters-Wallace

Chloë Walters-Wallace is the manager of the Firelight Media Documentary Lab and also leads Firelight’s newest initiative, the Groundwork Day Lab. Previously, she was manager of the New Orleans Film Society’s Emerging Voices Mentorship Program and launched the Southern Producers Lab.

Denae Peters

Denae Peters is the Senior Director of Impact Distribution at Picture Motion, where she leads the operations and management of the non-theatrical distribution team. She is also the Toronto International Film Festival documentary programming associate and programmer for TIFF 2019 Doc Conference. She is also a Board Member of the Brown Girls Doc Mafia.

 

Leilah Weinraub

Leilah Weinraub is an American film director and conceptual artist. She is best known for her documentary feature film Shakedown, which premiered at the 2018 Berlinale, and also screened at festivals like True/False and Sheffield and at museums like the Tate, MoMA PS1, and, in a shorter version, the Whitney Biennial. In 2018 she was named a Sundance Institute Art of Nonfiction Fellow. She is also the former CEO of the acclaimed fashion brand Hood By Air.

 

Experimental Shorts jury:

 

Ingrid Raphael

Ingrid Raphael is a visual storyteller and educator whose work explores mapping experiences and movement through video and print. They co-run GRID: a zine that centers the experiences of immigrants of color in the us, and co-founded the radical microcinema, NO EVIL EYE.

 

Ephraim Asili

Ephraim Asili is a filmmaker and DJ whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force. His films have screened in festivals and venues all over, including the New York Film Festival, Toronto, Ann Arbor, New Orleans, MoMA PS1, the Whitney Museum, and others. He is a Professor in the Film and Electronic Arts Department at Bard College.

 

Esra Özban

Esra Özban is a festival director, programmer, and queer activist from Turkey. Esra has worked as a programmer & coordinator at Pink Life KuirFest since 2014 and has been the director of the festival for the last two years. They are a founding member of Atina Collective, a multicultural queer feminist art collective.

 

Documentary Shorts Jury:

 

Emily Buder

Emily Buder is the Film Curator at The Atlantic, where she programs the short documentary series The Atlantic Selects. Previously, she was the Managing Editor of No Film School and wrote for Indiewire. She also discovered and developed the 2014 Sundance hit Infinitely Polar Bear as a Creative Executive at Paper Street Films.

 

June Jennings

June Jennings is the impact and partnerships manager for Field of Vision, the Webby Award-winning documentary filmmaking unit at First Look Media. Before First Look, she was an assistant editor at O, The Oprah Magazine. Her work has also appeared in Paste Magazine, The Nation, and Colorlines.

 

Carla Borrás

Carla Borrás is Director of Digital Video for FRONTLINE, overseeing their digital video production and strategy and working closely with the series’ reporters, filmmakers, and audience team to create incisive digital video journalism. Previously, she worked on features and nonfiction programming for the Discovery Channel, Sony Pictures, and truTV.

 

Louisiana Features Jury:

 

Daresha Kyi

Daresha Kyi writes, produces, and directs film and television in Spanish and English. Currently in post on Mama Bears, a feature doc about how conservative, Christian mothers are transformed when they decide to accept their LGBTQ children, she also directed the Emmy-nominated Texas Strong and feature doc Chavela.

 

Tony Piantedosi

Tony Piantedosi joined Gravitas as Director of Acquisitions in 2018, following development and acquisitions roles at Premiere Entertainment Group and Televix Entertainment. Past successes including Sundance Best Director winners Afternoon Delight and Middle of Nowhere.

 

Rachel Swearingen

Rachel Swearingen is the Manager of Acquisitions at FilmRise, a Brooklyn based film and television distribution company. With experience at Criterion/Janus Films and in content programming, Rachel has worked in various roles in the entertainment industry, including sales, distribution, and acquisitions.

 

Narrative Shorts Jury:

 

Masashi Niwano

Masashi Niwano is the current Festival and Exhibitions Director at Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). 2020 marks Masashi’s 10th year as Director and Lead Programmer of CAAMFest, the nation’s largest film festival that showcases Asian and Asian American stories and artistry.

 

Zach Mandinach

Zach is the Director of Narrative Programming at IFP, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit dedicated to independent filmmakers since 1979. In this role, he oversees the IFP Narrative Lab, meant for filmmakers in post on their first fiction features, and the U.S. Features slate of the IFP Week Project Forum.

Opal H. Bennett

Opal H. Bennett is a film curator who programs for a number of film festivals, including DOC NYC, Nantucket Film Festival, Aspen Shortsfest, Athena Film Festival, and Tribeca Film Festival.She is also a Programming Consultant for the March on Washington Film Festival.

 

Animated Shorts Jury:

 

Claudette Godfrey

Claudette Godfrey is a Senior Film Programmer at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, and is responsible for the curation of the short film slate as well as feature film programming, overseeing film submissions to the festival, and managing the organizational big picture for the event.

 

Alexa Lim Haas

Alexa Lim Haas is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker. She was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2017, and her short “Agua Viva” won a number of film festival awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW in 2018. She was also awarded the Florida Film Critics Golden Orange Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film in Florida 2018.

 

Cristina Molina

Cristina Molina is a visual artist who hails from Miami and currently lives and works in New Orleans. Molina’s work includes video installation, performance, photography, sculpture, and textile design. She is Associate Professor of New Media + Animation at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Asalle Tanha

Asalle is the Manager of Development for Cartoon Network’s Original Series department, working to find and develop new original shows. At Cartoon Network, she has developed such series as Victor and Valentino, Craig of the Creek, Apple & Onion, and the newly announced Tig n’ Seek and The Fungies. Asalle began her career in Pixar’s Story department. She holds a BA in Classical Civilizations from UC Berkeley and an MSc from the London School of Economics in Media and Communications.

 

Louisiana Shorts Jury:

 

Rachel Raney

Rachel Raney is Director of National Productions for UNC-TV and Executive Producer of Reel South. Previously, she worked with the Center for Investigative Reporting, and worked on the PBS series Frontline. Her feature doc Livermore aired on Independent Lens. She later served as the first Executive Director of the Southern Documentary Fund for four years.

 

Michelle Hamada

Michelle Hamada is the Manager of Documentary & Scripted Programs at Tribeca Film Institute, where she participates in the programming and reviewing for funding opportunities and workshops. Prior to this, she worked at SnagFilms, programming and marketing the company’s site, as well as building Indiewire’s video presence.

 

Michael Gibbons

Michael Gibbons is Director of Marketing and Communications for Creative Capital. Previously, he spent six-plus years at Film Society of Lincoln Center as Director of Digital Platforms, where he oversaw the organization’s development of new digital media and the expansion of its reach to a new and diversifying audience. He also launched new mobile apps and initiated their website redesign.