All winners of the Jury Shorts Award in Documentary Short, Narrative Short, and Animated Short are eligible for consideration in the Short Subject category of the Academy Awards® without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

 

2017 WINNERS OVERVIEW:

 

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

Jurors: Manuel Betancourt is a film critic and a cultural reporter; Christine Dávila is a Creative Executive at Stage 13, an original digital-first content brand that is part of Warner Bros. Digital Networks; Aisha Harris is a culture writer and editor for Slate and the host the Represent podcast

Prize: $10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision + Final Draft 9 and Showbiz Budgeting Software

Jury Prize Winner: Victor’s History (dir. Nicholas Chevalier)

Special Jury Award: Rift (dir. Erlingur Thoroddsen)

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Jurors: Leslie Fields-Cruz is the Executive Director of the National Black Programming Consortium; PJ Raval, filmmaker; Dolly Turner, producer and one of the founders of the Blackhouse

Prize: $2,500 Music Licensing Credit sponsored by Musicbed, a Samsung 360 camera, and a 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc.

Jury Prize Winner: Ask the Sexpert (dir. Vaishali Sinha)

Special Jury Award: Olancho (dir. Chris Valdés and Ted Griswold)

 

BEST LOUISIANA FEATURE

Jurors: Julie Keck, Head of Education and Outreach at Seed&Spark; Anjanette Lavert, journalist and documentary filmmaker; Leah Mahan, filmmaker, and NOFF alum

Prize: $10,000 Camera Package sponsored by Panavision + Final Draft 10 + Showbiz Budgeting Software

Jury Prize Winner: On Our Watch (dir. Jonathan Evans)

Special Jury Award: Woke (dir. Iman Shervington)

 

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

Jurors: Curran Nault, Artistic Director of OUTsider, an LGBTQIA Multi-Arts festival in Austin, Texas; Kevin Niu, CEO and founder of Urus Entertainment; Ina Pira, film curator at Vimeo

Prize: $2500 in Kodak film stock, a six-month membership to the International Screenwriters Association, Showbiz Budgeting Software, Final Draft 10, and a Vimeo Pro account, in addition to a one-week color grading and sweetening package at Ansgar Media / Village Studios with roundtrip airfare and accommodations included

Jury Prize Winner: “Miss World” (dir. Georgia Fu)

Special Jury Award: “American Dream” (dir. Alexia Oldini)

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

Jurors: Kristen Fitzpatrick, director of distribution at Women Make Movies; Merrill Sterritt, Head of Audience Strategies & Partnerships at Cinereach; Farihah Zaman, filmmaker and Production Manager for Field of Vision

Prize: 2TB hard drive and a DCP Kit sponsored by CRU, Inc., as well as a Vimeo Pro Account

Jury Prize Winner: “The Rock” (dir. Hamid Jafari)

Special Jury Award: “Commodity City” (dir. Jessica Kingdon)

 

BEST ANIMATION

Jurors: Dustin Woehrmann, owner and creative director at Community; Joi Tribble, lead Short Film Programmer for Sidewalk Film Festival; Tom Brown, filmmaker, and NOFF alum

Prize: One-year license for Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and a one-year license for Toon Boom Harmony Premium

Jury Prize Winner: “The Noise of Licking” (dir. Nadja Andrasev)

Special Jury Award: “Summer Camp Island” (dir. Julia Pott)

 

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SHORT
Jurors: Les Duffield, a professor at the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech; Barbara McCullough, a 25-year veteran of the visual effects industry; Jessica Ann Peavy, filmmaker, and visual artist.

Prize: Vimeo Pro account

Jury Prize Winner: “Turtles Are Always Home” (dir. Rawane Nassif)

Special Jury Award: “Memory of August” (dir. Margaret Rorison)

 

BEST LOUISIANA SHORT

Jurors: Angelica Jade Bastién, staff writer for Vulture; Carroll Gelderman, member of the domestic sales team at Cinetic Media; Elise McCave, Director of Narrative Film at Kickstarter

Prize: $10,000 camera rental package sponsored by VER

Jury Prize Winner: “Alone” (dir. Garrett Bradley)

Special Jury Award: “August” (dir. Caitlin Greene)

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

 

Apex Post Award for Best Sound in a Feature Film

Prize: $3500 in sound services from APEX Post

Winner: Rift (dir. Erlingur Thoroddsen)

 

Cinematography Award: Louisiana Narrative Feature

Prize: $10,000 camera package from VER Camera New Orleans

Winner: Hate Crime (cinematographer: Jon Philion)

 

Cinematography Award: Louisiana Narrative Short

Prize: $10,000 camera package from VER Camera New Orleans

Winner: “Tourist” (cinematographer: Justin Zweifach)

 

#CreateLouisiana Tribeca Film Institute Travel Grant

Prize: $1250 to offset travel costs for attending TFI Network

Winner: #streetpunksofyangon | Maja Holzinger, Yamil Rodriguez, Zuzanna Borucka

Jurors 2018

 

Narrative Features jury:

 

Gina Duncan

Since January 2017, Gina Duncan has served as Associate Vice President, Cinema at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). She is responsible for providing strategic and artistic direction for BAM’s first-run and repertory film program as well as its film festival, BAMcinemafest. Previously, she programmed for the Jacob Burns Film Center and currently serves as the Film Lab curator for SPACE on Ryder Farm, a working organic farm that offers self-determined residencies to artists and activists.

 

Leah Giblin

As Cinereach’s Head of Grants, Leah ensures that relationships with grant-supported films flourish, while also serving as an antenna for new projects and ideas of potential resonance. Her previous experience includes work with the Tribeca Film Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Media Arts Fellowships and the programming department of the Tribeca Film Festival.

 

Inkoo Kang

Inkoo Kang is a staff writer for Slate Magazine, where she writes about movies, television, and more. Previously, she was chief TV critic at MTV News and also wrote for The Wrap and IndieWire. She lives in San Francisco.

 

Documentary Features jury:

 

K. Austin Collins

K Austin Collins is a film critic for Vanity Fair. His writing has appeared in The Ringer, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Reverse Shot, and the Brooklyn Rail. He writes crosswords for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the American Values Crossword Club. He lives in Brooklyn.

 

Lucila Moctezuma

As Director of Programs at Chicken & Egg Pictures, Lucila oversees the planning and implementation of the organization’s programs in support of women non-fiction filmmakers. Originally from Mexico City, Lucila has collaborated with New York’s independent film community since 1996. Prior to joining Chicken & Egg Pictures, she was Executive Producing Director at the internationally renowned UnionDocs, a center for documentary art in Brooklyn. Formerly, she was Manager of the Production Assistance Program at Women Make Movies, a program that provides support to women filmmakers in the development of their projects.

 

Lucas Verga

Lucas Verga currently serves as the Senior Director of Sales and Acquisitions at the New York based The Film Sales Company. Prior to that he served as the director of sales, as well as the acquisitions coordinator. He has also been a part of the DOC NYC screening committee since 2011, as well as the screening committee for the Nantucket Film Festival since 2014.

 

Experimental Shorts jury:

 

Garrett Bradley

A receipt of the 2017 Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellowship and Field of Vision Fellowship, Garrett Bradley’s work includes the feature films Below Dreams (Tribeca 2014) and Cover Me (Prospect 3), and the 2017 Sundance Jury Prize-wining short “Alone,” released with The New York Times OpDocs.

 

Ana López

Ana M. López is Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Director of the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University. Her research is focused on Latin American and Latino film and cultural studies. She is co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Latin American Cinema (2017).

 

Amanda Salazar

Amanda Salazar is a Programmer with the SFFILM Festival. She is the co-Director of the Camera Obscura Film Society, a curated film event that takes place in various locations throughout the Bay Area, primarily in Petaluma, CA. Also, she is the Guest Programmer at Northwest Film Forum, a non-profit arthouse in Seattle, WA., where she books films theatrically. Previously, she was the Vice President of Film Acquisitions at Fandor and Program Director of the Newport Beach Film Festival and Orange County Film Society. She is also a classically trained violinist.

 

Documentary Shorts Jury:

 

Monica Castillo

Monica Castillo is a writer for The Lily at The Washington Post. Previously, she wrote and curated film entries for The New York Times’ Watching, the TV and movie recommendation site. She completed her master’s at the University of Southern California as the school’s first film critic fellow.

 

Felix Endara

Born in Ecuador, Felix Endara is a queer transgender New York-based independent filmmaker, programmer, and arts administrator whose films have screened at festivals including Berlin, Frameline, Outfest, NewFest, DOC NYC, and Mill Valley. From 2008 to 2012, he programmed Arts Engine’s documentary screening series DocuClub, which he toured to Mexico City and Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2010, he was a fellow at the IFP Documentary Finishing Lab as producer for Wildness (2012, Dir: Wu Tsang), which premiered at MoMa’s Documentary Fortnight series in February 2012, was an official selection at SXSW, and screened at the Whitney Biennial later that year. In addition, he as participated in Working Films/Fledgling Fund’s first Reel Engagement workshop; and in documentary trainings at Dok-Leipzig’s Co-Production Meetings; and Amsterdam’s IDFA Academy.

 

Dolly Turner

Dolly Turner ​is President of The Turner Group and responsible for award winning projects in film, TV, music, and books as a Producer, marketing and outreach specialist, and curator. Her production and development projects include Producer of Garrett Bradley’s 2017 Sundance Official Selection Alone, a short doc supported by New York Times Op Docs, Sundance Institute, and MacArthur Foundation; Associate Producer of Mike Brown’s 25 TO LIFE documentary supported by Sundance Institute, Tribeca Film Institute, Firelight Media, Ford Foundation and Good Pitch and winner of the ABFF CNN Best Documentary Award; Producer of a series of 20 on-air branding spots for the launch of Aspire TV featuring African Americans who are breaking boundaries; critically acclaimed “Unpretty” transmedia project from TBoz (poetry book, Grammy Award winning song and music video); and producer for numerous music tours and events. She recently provided marketing and outreach for Academy Award winning Director Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela (Kino Lorber), Shola Lynch’s Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (Tugg.com, Codeblack, Lionsgate, South Africa’s feature Otelo Burning (Sundance #ArtistServices), Black Women in Medicine (PBS), and The Labyrinth Theater’s A Sucker Emcee.

 

Louisiana Features Jury:

 

Jasmine Bowles

Born in lower Delaware and raised in Largo, Maryland Jasmine brings over 20 years of business operations, management and leadership experience to collaborate with artists, educators, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, non-profits and small businesses. She applies her insight and skills to streamline their business practices allowing them to focus on their organizational mission. In 2016, she was the Associate Producer to the Tribeca Film Festival’s animated short selection Fear, curated by Whoopi Goldberg. Jasmine resides in Durham, NC and currently works for the Southern Documentary Fund as their Business Director. Jasmine is a mom to three dynamic little girls and spends the rest of her time advocating for their educational needs and empowering other African American parents to do the same.

 

June Jennings

June Jennings is the impact and partnerships manager for Field of Vision, the documentary unit of First Look Media. Before joining Field of Vision, June was an assistant editor at O, The Oprah Magazine. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Nation, and Colorlines. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Art History from Washington University in St. Louis. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Nick Price

Nick Price is Associate Producer of the public television documentary series “Reel South” from UNC-TV. He began his career with a film fellowship with the Southern Environmental Law Center and has spent years working in documentary and non-fiction television production.

 

Narrative Shorts Jury:

 

Penelope Bartlett

Penelope Bartlett is the programmer for the streaming service The Criterion Channel on FilmStruck. Previously, she served as Director of Programming for the Palm Springs Shortfest, curated for the website shortoftheweek.com, and held programming positions at a number of film festivals.

 

Jeffrey Bowers

Jeffrey Bowers is a senior curator at Vimeo, where he curates Staff Picks and Vimeo On Demand. Previously he was a curator at VICE Shorts and also programmed for the Tribeca Film Festival, the Hamptons International Film Festival, and Rooftop Films. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

Alece Oxendine

Alece is dedicated to developing and strengthening relationships with filmmakers, distributors, and OTT content providers to ensure diverse content finds distribution. From marketing to sales and business development, she has held various positions at New York Film Festival, BAMcinématek, Rooftop Films, Fandor, and Distribber. Alece is currently the Director of Digital Sales at Good Deed Entertainment where she oversees sales and direct partnerships with video on demand streaming platforms. Alece received her Master’s degree in Film Studies from Columbia University and graduated magna cum laude from Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications. She is originally from Durham, NC and has lived in New York City, San Francisco, and is currently in Los Angeles, but she still can’t shake her Southern drawl.

 

Animated Shorts Jury:

 

Ben Haist

Ben Haist is an illustrator and animator at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. He previously worked at Nickelodeon and Dreamworks, is a graduate of Tulane, and received an MFA in animation from UCLA. His film Nightlife was shortlisted for the 2016 BAFTA US Student Film Awards.

 

Missy Laney

Missy Laney is the Director of Development at Adult Swim. She previously worked at the Sundance Institute growing their Artist Services Initiative, and at BitTorrent Inc. where she launched The Discovery Fund, BitTorrent’s first-ever artist granting initiative.

 

Bojana Sandic

Bojana Sandic is Programming Director for New Filmmakers Los Angeles, the Shorts Programmer for South East European Film Festival in L.A., and a Sr. Programmer at the Newport Beach Film Fest. Born in Belgrade and raised in Calif., she previously worked with Lexus Short Films and LAIKA.

 

Louisiana Shorts Jury:

 

Erica Deiparene-Sugars

Erica Deiparine-Sugars works with independent media makers and media arts communities expressly to support diverse voices and stories. She is currently the Director of Programs for the Austin Film Society where she oversees filmmaker grants and programs as well as Austin Public, the city’s community media center. Erica has worked extensively in the field of media arts education and held senior roles for community-based and national media arts organizations in Chicago and San Francisco. She is also the former Managing Director of Programming and Production at ITVS, an award-winning funder and co-producer of independent documentaries. Erica’s background is in documentary film and broadcast television production.

 

Kareem Tabsch

Kareem Tabsch is the co-founder and co-director of O Cinema, an arthouse theater in Miami. Previously, he spent nine years on staff at the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. He also directed the shorts “The Dolphin Lover” and “Cherry Pop” and the feature The Last Resort (Kino Lorber).

 

Marie Zeniter

Erica Deiparine-Sugars works with independent media makers and media arts communities expressly to support diverse voices and stories. She is currently the Director of Programs for the Austin Film Society where she oversees filmmaker grants and programs as well as Austin Public, the city’s community media center. Erica has worked extensively in the field of media arts education and held senior roles for community-based and national media arts organizations in Chicago and San Francisco. She is also the former Managing Director of Programming and Production at ITVS, an award-winning funder and co-producer of independent documentaries. Erica’s background is in documentary film and broadcast television production.

Awards 2018

 

Narrative Features Competition

The winner of this award will receive a $10,000 in-kind camera package sponsored by Panavision as well as Final Draft 10 software. Additionally a Best Sound award will be presented by Apex Post, valued at $3,500.

 

Documentary Features Competition

The winner of this category will receive a DCP Kit sponsored by CRU, Inc, as well as a Vimeo Pro Account, Final Draft 10 software, and a complimentary membership to the International Documentary Association.

 

Best Louisiana Feature Award

The best Louisiana Feature film will receive a $10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision, Final Draft 10 software, and a 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc.

 

Best Cinematography Prize (Louisiana Feature)

The winner of this category will be awarded a $10,000 camera package from VER Camera, New Orleans.

 

Best Narrative Short
Academy-Award® Qualifying Category*

The winner of Best Narrative Short will receive $2500 in Kodak film stock, a $2500 cash prize from Vimeo, a DCP Kit sponsored by CRU, Inc., Final Draft 10 software, as well as a Samsung Gear 360 camera.

*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 software for Final Draft 10, a Vimeo Pro Account, and a complimentary membership to the International Documentary Association.

*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 one-year license for both Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Toon Boom Harmony Premium.

*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.

 

Special Jury Mention

Additionally, another Animated Short will be awarded a one-year license for Toon Boom Harmony Premium.

 

Best Experimental Short

The winner of this award will receive a Vimeo Pro Account, a Samsung Gear 360 and a 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc.

 

Best Louisiana Short

The winner of this award will receive a Lighting & Grip package from Cinelease worth $5,000, software for Final Draft 10, 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 VER Camera, New Orleans.

 

Best Narrative Feature

Victor’s History

dir. Nicholas Chevalier

 

 

 

Best Documentary Feature

Ask the Sexpert

dir. Vaishali Sinha

 

 

 

Best Louisiana Feature

On Our Watch

dir. Jonathan Evans

 

 

 

Best Narrative Short

Miss World

dir. Georgia Fu

 

 

 

Best Documentary Short

The Rock

dir. Hamid Jafari

 

 

 

Best Animated Short

The Noise of Licking

dir. Nadja Andrasev

 

 

 

Best Experimental Short

Turtles Are Always Home

dir. Rawane Nassif

 

 

 

Best Louisiana Short

Alone

dir. Garrett Bradley

Audience Award: Spotlight Film

Mudbound

dir. Dee Rees

 

Audience Award: Narrative Feature

Sambá

dir. Laura Amelia Guzman + Israel Cardenas

 

Audience Award: Documentary Feature

Dolores

dir. Peter Bratt

 

Audience Award: Animated Short

Summer Camp Island

dir. Julia Pott

 

Audience Award: Narrative Short

Le bleu blanc rouge de mes cheveux

dir. Josza Anjembe

 

Audience Award: Documentary Short

Fighting Cuba’s Boxing Ban

dir. Ora DeKornfeld

 

Audience Award: Experimental Short

Ok, Call Me Back

dir. Emily Ann Hoffman

 

Audience Award: Louisiana Feature

Do U Want It?

dir. Josh Freund + Sam Radutzky

 

Audience Award: Louisiana Short (three-way tie)

Hotel Al

dir. Colleen Keeley

Nicabob

dir. Daneeta Loretta Jackson + Patrick Jackson

Station 15

dir. Kira Akerman