Although the 2015 New Orleans Film Festival runs through Thursday, it announced its jury award winners Sunday. Filmmakers, jurors and festival staff gathered at the Republic New Orleans nightclub for the ceremony.
Submissions for the 2015 festival numbered more than 3,400 from 100 countries, both records for the organization. The 172 films selected for showing included 48 features and 124 shorts.
All the shorts competed for a jury award, and a small number of the features competed for a jury award.
This year is the New Orleans Film Festival’s first as an Oscar-qualifying festival in the category of documentary shorts. The winner of the short documentary jury award, Polish director Zofia Pregowska’s “Invisible” (“Niewidzialne”), qualifies for an Academy Award nomination.
Jury winner: “Consequence,” directed by Jonathan Nguyen and Ashley George. Prize: $10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision.
Special jury award: “The King of New Orleans,” directed by Allen Frederic (co-directors Coodie and Chike).
Jury winner: “Rite,” directed by Morgan Roberts. Prize: $10,000 post-production package from Digital FX.
Special Jury Mention, Louisiana narrative short: “The Love Song of M. Anderson Vincent,” directed by Chen Gu.
Jury winner: “Embers,” directed by Claire Carré. Prize: $10,000 camera package sponsored by Panavision.
Programmer’s Award for Artistic Vision: Grazia Tricarico, director of “Persephone” (“Persefone”). Prize: $250 from the New Orleans Film Society and LomoKino and LomoKinoscope package.
Jury Winner: “Hotel Nueva Isla,” directed by Irene Gutierrez. Prize: $500 from the New Orleans Film Society, a Zacuto DSLr Z-Finder Pro and a consultation with Simon Kilmurry.
Best sound in a Louisiana film: “The Mourning Hills,” directed by R. Todd Campbell. Prize: $2,500 in sound services from APEX Post.
Special mention for best sound in a Louisiana film: “Us Against the World,” directed by Andrea Kühnel. Prize: $1,000 in sound services from APEX Post.
Cinematography Award, Louisiana narrative feature: DJ McConduit for feature “Love Me True” and shorts “Copper Kingdom” and “The Lot and Tough Love.” Prize: $10,000 camera package from CineVerse.
Cinematography Award, Louisiana narrative short: Natalie Kingston for five short films. Prize: $10,000 camera package from CineVerse.
Special Jury Award: “We Can’t Live Without the Cosmos,” directed by Konstantin Bronzit. Prize: Toon Boom Harmony Premium (one-year license).
Helen Hill Jury Award for Animation: “The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal” (“El sol como un gran animal oscuro”), directed by Christina Felisgrau and Ronnie Rivera. Prize: Toon Boom Storyboard Pro (one-year license) and Toon Boom Harmony Premium (one-year license).
Jury Winner experimental short: “Something About Which Nothing Can Be Said,” directed by Ted Kennedy. Prize: $250 from the New Orleans Film Society and LomoKino and LomoKinoscope package.
Special Jury Awards: “World Wide Woven Bodies” (“Verdensvevde kropper”), directed by Truls Krane Meby, and “Drifters,” directed by Anu Valia.
Jury winner: “Turtle” (“Wu gui”), directed by Jordan Schiele. Prize: $2,500 in film stock from Kodak.
Special Jury Award, documentary shorts: “Little Hero,” directed by Marcus A. McDougald and Jennifer Medvin.
Jury winner: “Invisible” (“Niewidzialne”),” directed by Zofia Pregowska. Prize: $500 from the New Orleans Film Society.