Jeff Nichols’ LOVING at 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival
Jeff Nichols’ LOVING at 2016 Mill Valley Film Festival

The Mill Valley Film Festival concluded its 39th year last night with the Bay Area premiere of Jeff Nichols’ acclaimed historical drama LOVING. Nichols was in attendance for the screening along with actor Joel Edgerton and actress Ruth Negga, with special guest Alice Walker in the audience. The screening was a fitting end for the annual autumn showcase of films, panels, parties, and musical performances. The Festival drew over 74,000 attendees who flocked to Marin County to get an early glimpse at the Academy Award® contenders, discover some of the best films from around the globe and celebrate the many talented local filmmakers in the Bay Area.

“As we close the 39th Mill Valley Film Festival, I am continually amazed by our audiences’ response to our film program – and of course – the incredible support we have (year after year) from filmmakers, sales agents and distributors. Without their recognition that the MVFF is one of the most significant non-competitive film festivals in the US, it would be impossible to present the most highly anticipated award season films, cutting edge American indies, thought-provoking documentaries, and remarkable international films”, said Mark Fishkin, Founder/Director of the Mill Valley Film Festival. “We are proud of our continuing ability to serve our mission of celebrating and promoting film as art and education in new and exciting ways, and being a festival that filmmakers, both local and international, return to year after year to present their new works. The breadth and depth of the programming truly shined this year.”

MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL 2016 Award Winners

Audience Award Winners 2016
OVERALL FAVORITE
The MVFF Audience Favorite 2016
LION
Garth Davis

US CINEMA
Audience Favorite – US Cinema
Gold Award
MOONLIGHT
Barry Jenkins

Audience Favorite – US Cinema
Silver Award
LOVING
Jeff Nichols

Audience Favorite – US Cinema Indie
Gold Award
UNLEASHED
Finn Taylor

Audience Favorite – US Cinema Indie
Silver Award
DIANI AND DEVINE MEET THE APOCALYPSE
Etta Devine, Gabriel Diani

WORLD CINEMA
Audience Favorite – World Cinema
Gold Award
A MAN CALLED OVE
Hannes Holm
Audience Favorite – World Cinema
Silver Award
LAND OF MINE
Martin Zandvliet

Audience Favorite – World Cinema Indie
Gold Award
FUKUSHIMA, MON AMOUR
Doris Dörrie

Audience Favorite – World Cinema Indie
Silver Award
LAND LEGS
Samuel Collardey

VALLEY OF THE DOCS
Audience Favorite – Valley of the Docs
Gold Award
MAYA ANGELOU: AND STILL I RISE
Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack

and

THE EAGLE HUNTRESS
Otto Bell

Audience Favorite – Valley of the Docs
Silver Award
YASUNI MAN
Ryan Patrick Killackey

FAMILY FILMS
Audience Favorite – Family Films
Gold Award
ODDBALL
Stuart McDonald

Audience Favorite – Family Films
Silver Award
KEPLER’S DREAM
Amy Glazer

Image: #MVFF39 Executive Director Mark Fishkin, Loving director JeffNichols, RuthNegga (Mildred Loving), #MVFF39 Programming Director Zoe Elton, and JoelEdgerton (Richard Loving) light up the red carpet at the Closing Night party. via FaceBook

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