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The 6th Annual Milwaukee Film Festival, announced its 2014 Jury Award Winners on Sunday. The Tribe directed by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky won the Herzfeld Competition Award along with $10,000 cash, and New Planet directed by James Tindell won the Cream City Cinema: Filmmaker-in-Residence along with $5,000 cash and $20,000 production package.

Described as “An unforgettably daring cinematic act, ‘The Tribe’ immerses you in the world of a Ukrainian school for the deaf, creating a spellbinding effect unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. When Sergey arrives at school, he is immediately thrust into a teenaged cyclone of gang violence and prostitution where the only way to fit in is to become part of this debauched hierarchy. Told only through unsubtitled Ukrainian sign language, this audacious film has absolutely dazzled the festival circuit with its unsparing style and challenging subject matter, making it sure to be one of the most talked-about films of this year’s MFF.”


In New Planet, two alien pilots attempt to reconnect after a crash landing on planet Earth.

“The quality of the films presented at this year’s festival was the strongest ever,” shared Artistic and Executive Director Jonathan Jackson. “Our juries faced some incredibly tough choices and ultimately recognized additional films beyond the four official awards.”


Abele Catalyst Award
Marianne Lubar 

Herzfeld Competition Award ($10,000 cash)
The Tribe (dir. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky)

Cream City Cinema: Filmmaker-in-Residence ($5,000 cash and $20,000 production package)
New Planet (dir. James Tindell)

Cream City Cinema Special Jury Prize
An Evening at Angelo’s (dir. Kara Mulrooney) 

Shorter Is Better Award ($1,000 cash)
Love. Love. Love. (dir. Sandhya Daisy Sundaram)

Shorter Is Better Special Jury Prizes
Through the Hawthorne (dirs. Anna Benner, Pia Borg, Gemma Burditt)
The Last Days of Peter Bergmann (dir. Ciaran Cassid)

Kids Choice Short Film Award
Sweet Love (dir. Albert Jan van Rees)

Kids Choice Special Jury Awards
Wombo (dir. Daniel Acht)
The Numberlys (dirs. William Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg)

Pitch Us Your Doc! Contest Winner
King of Strings (dir. Joel Van Haren)


Herzfeld Competition Jury
David Fear, Rolling Stone
Theresa Scandiffio, Toronto International Film Festival
Mike Maggiore, Film Forum

Cream City Cinema Jury
Sam Adams, IndieWire
Justine Nagan, Kartemquin Films
Jim Brunzell III, Twin Cities Daily Planet

Shorter Is Better Jury
Dan Doody, Seattle International Film Festival
Jessica Farrell, Filmmaker
Spencer Gillis, Filmmaker

Rated K: For Kids Jury
Octavia Grimes
Piper Grimes
Quinn Hammerlund
Julian Singh
Tommy Stehr
Anna Weiss

Pitch Us Your Doc! Contest Judges
Kim Nguyen, War Witch
Michael Raisler, Cinereach, Beasts of the Southern Wild
Laurie Scheer, The Writer’s Advantage: A Toolkit for Mastering Your Genre

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