The 29th annual New Orleans Film Society wrapped up on October 25 with A Tuba to Cuba and performances from Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Muevelo. That film, directed by T.G. Herrington and Danny Clinch, was named Audience Award Winners in the category of Louisiana Feature (Documentary). However, it tied with another local production, Lily Keber’s Buckjumping (Zac Manuel took home the Best Cinematography Prize).
Those two were not the only Louisiana-based works to take home winning films. This Taco Truck Kills Fascists, directed by Rodrigo Dorfman, was named Best Louisiana Feature. Zandashe Brown’s Blood Runs Down was named Best Louisiana Short and Bron Moyi took home the Best Cinematography Prize for Wings.
Below, check out a full list of winners.
Narrative Features Competition
The winner of this award receives a $10,000 in-kind camera package sponsored by Panavision as well as Final Draft 10 software.
Winner:Chained for Life, directed by Aaron Schimberg
Documentary Features Competition
The winner of this category receives a DCP Kit sponsored by CRU, Inc, as well as a Vimeo Pro Account, Final Draft 10 software, and a complimentary membership to the International Documentary Association.
Winner:For the Birds, directed by Richard Miron
Special Jury Mention:Jaddoland, directed by Nadia Shihab
Special Jury Mention:Man Made, directed by T Cooper
Best Louisiana Feature Award
The winner of this awards receives a $10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision, Final Draft 10 software, and a 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc.
Winner:This Taco Truck Kills Fascists, directed by Rodrigo Dorfman
Special Jury Mention:This Little Light, directed by Ada McMahon and Wendi Moore-O’Neal
Best Cinematography Prize (Louisiana Feature)
The winner of this category is awarded a $10,000 camera package from VER Camera, New Orleans.
Winner: Zac Manuel for Buckjumping
Best Narrative Short – Academy-Award® Qualifying Category*
The winner of this awards receives $2500 in Kodak film stock, a $2500 cash prize from Vimeo, a DCP Kit sponsored by CRU, Inc., Final Draft 10 software, as well as a Samsung Gear 360 camera.
Winner:Fence, directed by Lendita Zeqiraj
Special Jury Mention:Fatherland, directed by George Sikharulidze
Special Jury Mention:Hair Wolf, directed by Mariama Diallo
Best Documentary Short – Academy-Award® Qualifying Category*
The winner of this award receives software for Final Draft 10, a Vimeo Pro Account, and a complimentary membership to the International Documentary Association.
Winner:Santuario, directed by Pilar Timpane and Christine Delp
Special Jury Mention:The Changing Same, directed by Michele Stephenson and Joe Brewster
Helen Hill Award for Animation – Academy-Award® Qualifying Category*
The winner of this award receives a one-year license for both Toon Boom Storyboard Pro and Toon Boom Harmony Premium.
Winner:Serpentine, directed by Bronwyn Maloney
Honorable Mention for Excellence in Charm and Craft:You Can’t Play With Us, directed by Jason Rhein, Serene Bacigalupi
Best Experimental Short
The winner of this award will receive a Vimeo Pro Account, a Samsung Gear 360 and a 2TB hard drive sponsored by CRU, Inc.
Winner:Please Step Out of the Frame, directed by Karissa Hahn
Special Jury Mention:Giverny I (Négresse Impériale), directed by Ja’Tovia Gary
Special Jury Mention:Fucked Like a Star, directed by Stefanie Saintonge
Best Louisiana Short
The winner of this award receives a Lighting & Grip package from Cinelease worth $5,000, software for Final Draft 10, and a Vimeo Pro Account.
Winner: Blood Runs Down, directed by Zandashe Brown
Special Jury Mention:The Basin, directed by Ian Clark
Best Cinematography Prize (Louisiana Short)
This prize is be presented to a Louisiana Short with a $10,000 camera package from VER Camera, New Orleans.
Winner: Bron Moyi for Wings
Vimeo Staff Pick Prize
Winner:Group from directors Benjamin Allen, Claire Cai, Meghan Wells, Jack Mullinkosson, and Haley Saunders
REEL SOUTH Short Film Award
Winner: The Basin from director Ian Spencer Cook
Award for Best Sound
The winner of this award receives a $3,500 post-sound work credit by Apex Post.
Winner:The True Don Quixote
Audience Award Winners by Category
Spotlight Films – Green Book, dir. Peter Farrelly
Narrative Features – Solace, dir. Tchaiko Omewale
Documentary Features – Tie between United Skates, dir. Tina Brown & Dyana Winkler and While I Breathe, I Hope, dir. Emily Harrold
Louisiana Features (Narrative) – The True Don Quixote, dir. Chris Poché
Louisiana Feature (Documentary) – Tie between Buckjumping, dir. Lily Keber and A Tuba to Cuba, dir. T.G. Herrington & Danny Clinch
Animated Shorts – Negative Space, dir. Ru Kuwahata & Max Porter
Narrative Shorts – okaasan (mom), dir. Kana Hatakeyama
Documentary Shorts – Come and Take It, dir. PJ Raval & Ellen Spiro
Experimental Shorts – Giverny I (Négresse Impériale), dir. Ja’Tovia Gary
Episodic – Nice, dir. Andrew Ahn
Louisiana Shorts – Tie between Black Back, dir. Kiyoko McCrae & Jason Foster and The Children of Central City, dir. Emma Scott
Screenplay Competition Winners
Feature Screenplays Winner ($1000 Prize)– Audrey 2.0 by Imogen Grace
Short Screenplays Winner ($500 Prize) – The Frog by Tate Nova & Courtney Powell
Episodic Screenplays Winner ($500 Prize) – The Reservoir by Dylan Allen (Teleplay), Eddy Vallante + Dylan Allen (Story)
Louisiana Screenplay Competition Winners –
Thanks to the Louisiana Film & Entertainment Association for sponsoring a $1000 prize for the best screenplay from a Louisiana-based writer and a runner-up prize at $500.
First Prize – Empyrean by Meghann McCracken
Runner Up – Bird by Renso Amariz
The 30th annual New Orleans Film Festival will take place October 16-24, 2019.