June 16, 2019 – Provincetown, MA – The Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) has announced the award winners of this year’s festival. The winners are:
– HBO Audience Award / Best Narrative Feature: OFFICIAL SECRETS, directed by Gavin Hood
– HBO Audience Award / Best Documentary Feature: LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE, by Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
– The John Schlesinger Award for Narrative Feature, presented to a first-time feature filmmaker: SWALLOW, directed by Carlo Mirabella-Davis
The juror for the John Schlesinger Award for Narrative Feature was producer Christine Vachon.
– The John Schlesinger Award for Documentary Feature, presented to a first-time feature filmmaker: GAY CHORUS DEEP SOUTH, directed by David Charles Rodrigues
The juror for the John Schlesinger Award for Documentary Feature was writer/producer Mark Protosevich.
– HBO Documentary Short Film: CATHERINE OPIE B. 1961, directed by Sini Anderson
– Here Media Best Queer Short Film: LAVENDER, directed by Matthew Puccini
– Best Narrative Short Film: LOCKDOWN, directed by Celine Held and Logan George
– Best Animated Short Film: UNDER COVERS, directed by Michaela Olsen
– Best New England Short Film: THE BLACK MAMBAS, directed by Bruce Donnelly
– Best Student Short Film: FRAN THIS SUMMER, directed by Mary Evangelista
The Short Film Jury was made up of activist Byllye Avery; filmmaker Rhys Ernst; and musician J Mascis.
As previously announced, John Cameron Mitchell was presented with the 2019 Filmmaker on the Edge Award in conversation with filmmaker John Waters; Judith Light received the Excellence in Acting Award in conversation with film and theater critic David Rooney (The Hollywood Reporter); and Jillian Bell received the Next Wave Award in conversation with Vanity Fair’s chief critic Richard Lawson.
Major sponsors of the 2019 Provincetown International Film Festival include HBO, Here Media TV, Edge Media Network, The Boston Globe, The Provincetown Banner, Seaglass Inn and Spa, Bubalas By the Bay, the Crown and Anchor Inn, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Edrington, and the Provincetown Tourism Fund.
Press Materials: www.tinyurl.com/PIFF19
About The Provincetown Film Society & The Provincetown International Film Festival:
To make Provincetown – with its unique combination of art institutions, culture, history and natural beauty – the global destination for creative exploration in film.
The Provincetown Film Society (PFS) is a non-profit dedicated to continuing the founding mission of the Provincetown Art Colony – to provide a welcoming, nurturing and inspiring environment for boundless and authentic creative exploration – in film. From the time it was founded in 1998 the Society has been committed to serving its communities who are often outside of the mainstream, in the margins, or otherwise underserved – but have a voice critical to the evolution of artistic expression. It has also been dedicated to the celebration of Provincetown – an American treasure nestled amongst spectacular National Seashore beaches, and a shining example of diversity and inclusion. Through its Festival, Waters Edge Cinema and Women’s Media Summit, the Society endeavors to support artists year-round and to promote gender equity in U.S. entertainment media.
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