MFF: Gov. Murphy vows to bring film back to NJ; jury prizes announced
Governor Phil Murphy pledged to sign legislation to lure the film industry back to NJ at the announcement of the Montclair Film Festival's award winners on Saturday, May 5.
Fiction Feature Award: "First Reformed," Paul Schrader
Special Jury Prize to Helena Howard for her performance in "Madeline's Madeline," directed by Josephine Decker
Special Jury prize for Julianne Nicholson for her performance in Matthew Newton's "Who We Are Now"
Bruce Sinofsky Award for Documentary Feature: "Hale County This Morning, This Evening," by RaMell Ross
Special Jury Prize for "Black Mother," directed by Khalik Allah.
David Carr Award for Truth in Non-Fiction Filmmaking: "Dark Money"
Future/Now: "We the Animals," directed by Jeremiah Zagar
New Jersey Filmmaking: "Crime + Punishment, directed by Stephen Tiang
Special Jury Prize for directors Aaron Kopp and Amanda Kopp of "Liyana"
The festival also features a Junior Jury, made up of 15 area High School students representing 12 area schools. The Junior Jury awarded the top prize to"American Animals," directed by Bart Layton; with a Special Jury Prize for Social Impact awarded to "Crime + Punishment," directed by Stephen Maing.
The Festival’s 2018 Audience Awards will be announced at the festival’s conclusion on Monday, May 7th.
2018 Documentary Jury: Patrick Harrison, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Gregory Wakeman, Metro New York, Chris O’Falt, Indiewire
2018 Fiction Jury: Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair, Nekesa Moody, Associated Press, David Fear, Rolling Stone
2018 Future Now Jury: Jim Brunzell, All Genders, Lifestyles and Identities Film Festival (aGLIFF), Stacey Reiss, Filmmaker, Jason Benjamin, Filmmaker
2018 New Jersey Films Jury: Libby Geist, ESPN, Deirdre Haj, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Amy Kuperinsky, Newark Star Ledger