The 2016 Montclair Film Festival (MFF) announced their competition awards, and Babak Anvari’s UNDER THE SHADOW took home the Narrative Feature Jury prize. CAMERAPERSON, directed by Kirsten Johnson, took home the Bruce Sinofsky Prize in the festival’s Documentary Feature competition.
The Narrative Competition jury also awarded Special Jury Prize for Direction to Sophia Takal for ALWAYS SHINE; and the Documentary Competition jury also awarded Special Jury Prize for Narrative Innvoation to TOWER, directed by Keith Maitland.
Anna Rose Holmer was awarded with the Future/Now prize for THE FITS, honoring emerging low-budget American independent filmmaking. Kris Avedisian was awarded for his performance in DONALD CRIED.
Josie Swantek Heitz & Dave Adams’ THE WRONG LIGHT took home the New Jersey Films Award, which honors a selected group of films made by New Jersey artists. Jason Cohen’s SILICON COWBOYS was awarded a Special Jury Prize for Archival Storytelling in the New Jersey Film Competition category.
Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s WEINER took home the David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking, which honors a film, selected by the festival, that utilizes journalistic techniques to explore important contemporary subjects.
The MFF’s Junior Jury prize, given by a thirteen-member jury comprised of area high school students, went to Clay Tweel’s GLEASON, directed by Clay Tweel. A special Jury Prize for Social Justice was awarded to SONITA, directed by Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami.
“We are deeply honored by the fact that so many incredible filmmakers chose to share their work with the festival and our audiences. We thank every one of our filmmakers for their overwhelming generosity,” said MFF Executive Director Tom Hall. “These awards are the festival’s way of honoring work that challenges and inspires us, and we hope they offer further encouragement to the filmmakers to continue making great work.”
Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Montclair Film Festival Awards:
Narrative Feature Competition Winner
UNDER THE SHADOW
Director – Babak Anvari
Narrative Feature Competition
Special Jury Prize for Directing
Sophia Takal, ALWAYS SHINE
Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature Competition Winner
Director – Kirsten Johnson
Documentary Feature Competition
Special Jury Prize for Narrative Innovation
Director- Keith Maitland
Future/Now Competition Winner
Director – Anna Rose Holmer
Special Jury Prize for Acting
Kris Avedisian for his performance in DONALD CRIED
New Jersey Films Competition Winner
THE WRONG LIGHT
Director – Josie Swantek Heitz & Dave Adams
New Jersey Films Competition
Special Jury Prize for Archival Storytelling
Director- Jason Cohen
David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking Winner
Directors – Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg
Special Jury Prize for Social Justice
Director – Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami
Junior Jury Winner
Director- Clay Tweel