Richard Linklater for BETO. Photographed by David Rice

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. Past honorees include John Waters, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, Mary Harron, Todd Haynes, Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee, Darren Aronofsky, and Sofia Coppola. It’s hard to imagine what the American film landscape would look like without Richard Linklater. Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Often his work explored what he dubbed “the youth rebellion continuum,” definitively capturing the 20-something culture of his era and introducing many young actors to Hollywood who would, in turn, go onto great fame of their own.

Richard Linklater will be in conversation with filmmaker and icon John Waters.


Riz Ahmed

Each year, the Provincetown Film Festival presents the “Excellence in Acting Award” to a film artist, whose admirable body of work pushes the boundaries of the medium, demonstrating originality and innovation. Past Acting honorees include Tilda Swinton, Patricia Clarkson, Vera Farmiga, Alan Cumming, Chloë Sevigny, Gael García Bernal and Parker Posey. This year we’re honored to celebrate the extraordinary actor, writer, creator, producer, musician, and activist Riz Ahmed.

Ahmed became one of Hollywood’s most sought-after artists following the explosive success of HBO’s The Night Of, for which he won an Emmy Award, and was Golden Globe and SAG Award nominated.  Ahmed has starred in successful films including ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, THE SISTERS BROTHERS and VENOM. He first garnered industry attention in festival favorites FOUR LIONS and NIGHTCRAWLER.


Natalie Morales, Photo by Catie Laffoon

Natalie Morales is a highly talented actor, director, writer, and activist. Her directorial debut
LANGUAGE LESSONS premiered this year at the Berlinale followed by SXSW, where it won the
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and can be seen here at PIFF. Natalie also directed
the recent Hulu film PLAN B, which was released in May.

Natalie is a proud member of Everytown for Gun Safety’s Creative Council. We are delighted to
honor Natalie Morales with the Next Wave Award as we are in awe of her versatility and her
recent foray into directing feature films. This special honor is presented to a film artist who
has an exciting and distinctive voice, takes artistic risks, and has a passionate commitment to
independent film and certainly describes Natalie Morales.

Natalie Morales will be in conversation with musician Holly Miranda