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MONOS directed by Alejandro Landes
MONOS directed by Alejandro Landes

Montclair Film Festival announced the winners of the 2019 film competitions with MONOS, directed by Alejandro Landes awarded the festival’s Fiction Feature Prize and HONEYLAND, directed by Ljubomir Stefanov and Tamara Kotevska, took home the Bruce Sinofsky Award in the festival’s Documentary Feature Competition. 

MICKEY AND THE BEAR, directed by Annabelle Attanasio, was awarded the inaugural Mark Urman Award for Fiction Filmmaking in the festival’s  Future/Now competition, honoring emerging low-budget American independent filmmaking. 

LIFE WITH LAYLA, directed by Ken Spooner and Mike Mee, took home the New Jersey Films Award, which honors a select group of films made by New Jersey artists.

MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL, directed by Alexander Glustrom, took home the 5th Annual David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking, which honors a filmmaker, selected by the festival, who utilizes journalistic techniques to explore important contemporary subjects and is presented in honor of Mr. Carr’s commitment to reporting on the media. The award was presented by Mr. Carr’s daughter, the filmmaker  Erin Lee Carr.

2019 Winners of Montclair Film Festival Awards


Bruce Sinofsky Prize for Documentary Feature Competition Winner

HONEYLAND, directed by Tamara Kovetska and Ljubomir Stefanov

Special Jury Prize

Luke Lorentzen, for Cinematography in MIDNIGHT FAMILY


Fiction Feature Prize

MONOS, directed by Alejandro Landes

Special Jury Prize

Hélène Louvart, for Cinematography in A FAMILY SUBMERGED


MICKEY AND THE BEAR, written by Annabelle Attanasio


The Mark Urman Award For Fiction Filmmaking

MICKEY AND THE BEAR, directed by Annabelle Attanasio

Special Jury Prize

Zora Howard, for Writing and Performance in PREMATURE

The David Carr Award For Truth In Non-Fiction Filmmaking

MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL, directed by Alexander Glustrom


LIFE WITH LAYLA, directed by Ken Spooner and Mike Mee

Junior Jury Award

MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL, directed by Alexander Glustrom

Junior Jury Special Jury Prize

Patrick Bresnan, for Cinematography in PAHOKEE

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