Sean Baker – 2018


PIFF annually presents the Filmmaker on the Edge award to a film artist whose outstand- ing achievement, innovation, and vision continue to push the boundaries of the medium throughout their body of work. Past honorees include John Waters, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Mary Harron, Gregg Araki, Todd Solondz, Quentin Tarantino, Guy Maddin, Darren Aronofsky, David Cronenberg, Ang Lee, and Sofia Coppola.
We are thrilled to honor Sean Baker as the Provincetown International Film Festival’s 2018 Filmmaker on the Edge. Baker’s work defines a new social realism in US cinema, focusing on modern, marginalized characters through a compassionate and often humorous lens.

He is the director and co-writer of the highly lauded film, The Florida Project, which pre- miered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The film was released by A24 and was nominated for the Independent Spirit Awards for Best Feature and Best Director, a Gotham Award for Best Feature, and Sean was awarded Best Director of the Year by the New York Film Critics Circle.

His previous film Tangerine, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and gained wide acclaim for being shot on three iPhone 5s smartphones. The film was released by Magnolia Pictures and was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature and Best Director, and four Gotham Awards Including Best Feature, where it won the Audience Award. Take Out (2008) and Prince of Broadway (2009) were both nominated for the John Cassavetes Independent Spirit Award, and Starlet (2012) was the recipient of the Robert Alt- man Independent Spirit Award, as well as another Cassavetes nominee. A graduate of NYU, Baker is also the co-creator of the long-running American comedy series “Greg the Bunny.”

It is with great pride that we honor Sean Baker as the Provincetown Film Festival’s 2018 Filmmaker on the Edge.

Sofia Coppola – 2017

PIFF annually presents the Filmmaker on the Edge award to a film artist whose outstanding achievement, innovation, and vision continue to push the boundaries of the medium throughout their body of work. Past honorees include John Waters, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Mary Harron, Gregg Araki, Todd Solondz, Quentin Tarantino, Guy Maddin, Darren Aronofsky, David Cronenberg, and Ang Lee.

Over the past 18 years, Sofia Coppola has become one of America’s most singular filmmakers, often creating dream-like filmscapes that transport viewers to strange-yet-familiar worlds. Her storied career as a feature writer, director, and producer began with The Virgin Suicides. With a world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, The Virgin Suicides subsequently earned her the MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker.

Coppola’s next film, Lost in Translation solidified her position as one of the industry’s most distinctive and exciting filmmakers. The movie brought her the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Picture.

With her next three features, Coppola continued to grow as an artist through a variety of canvasses: the retelling of France’s iconic but ill-fated queen in Marie Antoinette; Somewhere, shot at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, exploring the relationship between a Hollywood actor and his daughter (winning the Venice Film Festival’s top prize, The Golden Lion); and The Bling Ring, based on true events, which followed a group of teenagers on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood Hills. Coppola’s latest film, The Beguiled, is adapted from Thomas Cullinan’s novel of the same name and stars Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell. The film, which Coppola directed, wrote and produced, world premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and will be released in June 2017.

It’s with great pride that we honor Sofia Coppola as the Provincetown International Film Festival’s 2017 Filmmaker on the Edge.


Molly Shannon – 2018

Each year PIFF presents our Excellence in Acting Award to a film artist whose admirable body of work pushes the boundaries of the medium, demonstrating originality and innovation. Past honorees include Tilda Swinton, Patricia Clarkson, Vera Farmiga, Alan Cumming, and Gael García Bernal. And this year we’re proud to honor the career of the singular Molly Shannon.

Molly has forged an amazing career starting with her six-season run on “Saturday Night Live,” where she created a host of indelible characters. In the years since leaving SNL she has become one of the most sought after actors working in the business.

Last year, Molly was awarded the Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Actress” for her performance in the highly acclaimed drama Other People, written and directed by Chris Kelly. She has also been nominated for an Emmy for her work on HBO’s “Enlightened.” Based on the depth and range of her work, the nominations and awards will clearly keep coming!

Molly can next be seen in PIFF’s Opening Night film WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY, written and directed by PIFF alum Madeleine Olnek, and Tamara Jenkins’ Netflix original film Private Life, alongside Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn, premiering this fall. On television, Molly can be seen in the HBO comedy “Divorce” opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Hayden Church.
Molly’s many film and television credits include Fun Mom Dinner; The Layover; Miles; Me, Earl and the Dying Girl; Year of the Dog; Life After Beth; Happiness; Marie Antoinette, Superstar; “Will & Grace”; “Glee”; “Getting On”; “30 Rock”; and “Seinfeld.” In 2010, Shannon added Broadway to her credits when she replaced Tony Award winner Katie Finneran in the hit mu- sical “Promises, Promises” alongside Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth. There’s seemingly nothing Molly Shannon can’t do.

Provincetown Film Festival is proud to honor Molly Shannon as our 2018 Excellence in Acting honoree.

Chloë Sevigny – 2017

In some ways Chloë Sevigny already feels like family. Massachusetts-born and Connecticut-raised, her films have been a fixture at PIFF for years, and she’s worked with four past Filmmaker on the Edge honorees (Christine Vachon, Jim Jarmusch, Mary Harron and Harmony Korine).

Sevigny burst onto the screen in Kids, playing Jennie, the film’s tragic heroine—a performance that earned her her first Independent Spirit Award nomination. For her performance in Kimberly Peirce’s critically acclaimed feature Boys Don’t Cry, she received nominations for an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe®, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, as well as winning an Independent Spirit Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, the Boston Film Critics Award, Chicago Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics and a Golden Satellite Award.

With over 70 film and television credits to her name, her impressive body of work runs the gamut from indie to studio features, with all showcasing her enviable range as an actor: Lovelace, American Psycho, Love & Friendship, Zodiac, Broken Flowers, Dogville, Party Monster, Melinda and Melinda, and The Last Days of Disco. On television, Sevigny earned a Golden Globe® for her role on HBO’s “Big Love,” checked into Ryan Murphy’s “American Horror Story: Hotel,” and currently stars on Netflix’s “Bloodline.”

Most recently, Sevigny has moved behind the camera, directing the award-winning short film “Kitty,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is included in PIFF’s 2017 lineup, and she just wrapped her second short film, “Carmen.” 2017 looks to be another stellar year for Sevigny as she’s recently completed work on six new films: The Dinner, Beatriz at Dinner (PIFF 2017), Golden Exits, The Snowman, Lean on Pete, and Lizzie (which she also developed and produced).

The Provincetown International Film Festival is proud to honor the singular Chloë Sevigny as our 2017 Excellence in Acting honoree.


Chloë Grace Moretz – 2018

CHLOË GRACE MORETZ has been captivating audiences since she was five years old when she was cast in a lead role in Michael Bay’s remake of The Amityville Horror. She has appeared in nearly thirty films since then, working with the industry’s elite filmmakers and gaining accolades along the way. Her breakout role as “Hit-Girl” in Matthew Vaughn’s cult classic film Kick-Ass, followed by a starring role in Matt Reeves’ remake of Let Me In, landed her on Time’s prestigious “Top 10 Performances of the Year.”

Throughout her career, Chloë has successfully mixed studio and independent film work. Some of her standout credits include Martin Scorsese’s Hugo alongside Ben Kingsley and Emily Mortimer; Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter; R.J. Cutler’s If I Stay, for which she won the 2015 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress”; Oliver Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, alongside Juliette Binoche, which made its debut at the Cannes Film Festival; Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer opposite Denzel Washington; Lynn Shelton’s Laggies opposite Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell; and starring in the title role in Kimberly Pierce’s Carrie alongside Julianne Moore.

Chloë also guest starred on the award winning TV series “30 Rock,” appearing in multiple episodes and made her theatrical debut in Scott Z. Burns’ off-Broadway play “The Library,” directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.

Chloë can currently be seen as the title role in THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, directed by Desiree Akhavan, which premiered at Sundance 2018 and won the Grand Jury Prize. She can next be seen in Luca Guadagnino’s highly-anticipated remake of the horror classic Suspiria, alongside Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson, and Neil Jordan’s thriller The Widow opposite Isabelle Huppert.

The Provincetown Film Festival’s Next Wave Award was tailor made for Chloë. It shines a light on someone we think has an exciting and distinctive voice, takes artistic risks, and has a passionate commitment to independent film—someone like Chloë Grace Moretz.

Aubrey Plaza – 2017

To steal a phrase from Jerry Maguire, Aubrey Plaza had us at hello. With what must be a natural born gift for comedy, honed by years with the Upright Citizens Brigade and stand up, Plaza’s talent is truly one-of-a-kind. That she uses her talents for good only makes her more special.

To millions, she’s the apathetic and deadpan April Ludgate on the NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation.” But to us she is so much more. In looking for the inaugural honoree for PIFF’s “Next Wave Award,” Plaza stood out for both her talent and her choices. After securing roles in big budget comedies Plaza could have easily chosen to focus solely on studio movies — but Plaza embraced independent filmmaking with gusto. We may be biased, but
after star turns in Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth, and now Matt Spicer’s wonderful Ingrid Goes West (PIFF 2017’s Closing Night film) we think she shines brightest when she’s at her most independent.

So what is a “Next Wave” award? Webster’s Dictionary defines “next wave” as… just kidding. In short, this award shines a light on someone we think is on to something. Some- one whom we think has an exciting and distinctive voice, takes artistic risks, and has a passionate commitment to independent film. Someone like… Aubrey Plaza.

If you’re not familiar with Aubrey Plaza’s independent film work, her new film Ingrid Goes West is a perfect introduction. Her fearless performance won raves when the film pre- miered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and, after viewing, one is left with the distinct feeling that no one else could have played her half as well.

We look forward to everything Aubrey Plaza does and are thrilled to celebrate her with the Provincetown International Film Festival’s inaugural Next Wave Award.