NEW ORLEANS, La. (October 18, 2015)—The New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) is excited to reveal its 2015 Jury Award Winners. This morning, hundreds of filmmakers, jurors and NOFF staff gathered at the Filmmakers Awards Ceremony and Brunch at Republic New Orleans for the announcement.

This year’s pool of NOFF submissions numbered over 3,400 and represented 100 countries of origin, both records for the organization. The 172 films selected from submissions that screened this year represent 48 features and 124 shorts. All shorts competed for a jury award, and a small number of feature films competed for a jury award. This year marks NOFF’s first as an Oscar®-qualifying festival, in the category of documentary shorts. The winner of the short documentary jury award qualifies for an Academy Award® nomination.

TECHNICAL AWARDS

Apex Post Award for Best Sound in a Louisiana Film
Prize: $2500 in sound services from APEX Post
The Mourning Hills
Director: R. Todd Campbell

Apex Post Special Mention for Best Sound in a Louisiana Film
Prize: $1000 in sound services from APEX Post
Us Against The World
Director: Andrea Kühnel

Cinematography Award: Louisiana Narrative Feature
Prize: $10,000 camera package from CineVerse
Winner: DJ McConduit
Cinematography credits: Love Me True (feature); Copper Kingdom, The Lot and Tough Love (shorts)

Cinematography Award: Louisiana Narrative Short
Prize: $10,000 camera package from CineVerse
Winner: Natalie Kingston, who shot five different films:
Cinematography credits: 2B or Not 2B, Atchafalaya, Dandelion, Rite and Si

JURY AWARDS

ANIMATION
Jurors: Emily Hubley, Florian Perinelle, Leah Shore

Special Jury Award: Animation
Prize: Toon Boom Harmony Premium (one year license)
We Can’t Live Without the Cosmos
Director: Konstantin Bronzit

Helen Hill Jury Award for Animation
Prize: Toon Boom Storyboard Pro (one year license); Toon Boom Harmony Premium (one year license)
The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal (El sol como un gran animal oscuro)
Director: Christina Felisgrau and Ronnie Rivera

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS
Jurors: Jane Cassidy, Joris Lindhout, Leslie Raymond

Jury Winner: Experimental Short
Prize: $250 from the New Orleans Film Society and LomoKino and LomoKinoscope package
Something About Which Nothing Can Be Said
Director: Ted Kennedy

NARRATIVE SHORTS
Jurors: Ian Samuels, Dan Schoenbrun, Lauren Wolkstein

Special Jury Award: Narrative Short
World Wide Woven Bodies (Verdensvevde kropper)
Director: Truls Krane Meby

Special Jury Award: Narrative Short
Drifters
Director: Anu Valia

Jury Winner: Narrative Short
Prize: $2,500 in film stock from Kodak
Turtle (Wu gui)
Director: Jordan Schiele

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
Jurors: Sara Kiener, Simon Kilmurry, Jason Osder

Special Jury Award: Documentary Short
Little Hero
Directors: Marcus A. McDougald. Jennifer Medvin

Jury Winner: Documentary Short
Prize: $500 from the New Orleans Film Society
Invisible (Niewidzialne)
Director: Zofia Pregowska

LOUISIANA SHORTS
Jurors: Stephanie Allain, Christine D’Souza, Vadim Rizov

Special Jury Mention: Louisiana Narrative Short
The Love Song of M. Anderson Vincent
Director: Chen Gu

Jury Winner: Louisiana Short
Prize: $10,000 Post-Production Package from Digital FX
Rite
Director: Morgan Roberts

LOUISIANA FEATURE

Jury Winner: Louisiana Feature
Prize: $10,000 Camera Package sponsored by Panavision
Consequence
Directors: Jonathan Nguyen, Ashley George

Special Jury Award: Louisiana Feature
The King of New Orleans
Directors: Allen Frederic (co-directors: Coodie & Chike)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES
Jurors: Elena Fortes, Jennifer MacArthur, Basil Tsiokos

Jury Winner: Documentary Feature
Prize: $500 from the New Orleans Film Society, a Zacuto DSLr Z-Finder Pro and a consultation with Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the International Documentary Association
Hotel Nueva Isla
Director: Irene Gutierrez

NARRATIVE FEATURES
Jurors: Eric Kohn, Stephanie Langoff, Dylan Marchetti

Jury Winner: Narrative Feature
Prize: $10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision
Embers
Director: Claire Carré

Programmer’s Award for Artistic Vision
Prize: $250 Cash from the New Orleans Film Society and LomoKino and LomoKinoscope Package
Winner: Grazia Tricarico,
Director credits: Mona Blonde, Persefone (shorts)

ABOUT THE NEW ORLEANS FILM SOCIETY
Since 1989, the New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) has engaged, educated and inspired through the art of film. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the New Orleans Film Festival. NOFS hosts special events throughout the year: the French Film Festival, the New Orleans International Children’s Film Festival and other events designed to benefit local film audiences, artists and professionals. NOFS partners with local organizations to present monthly film series. NOFS reaches 32,000 people year-round through its programming. NOFS is a 501©(3) organization.