Richard Linklater Photo 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.

Riz Ahmed will be in conversation with Vanity Fair Chief Critic, Richard Lawson.


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

Joey Soloway

Joey Soloway

Join us for a virtual conversation with television creator, showrunner, director and writer, Joey Soloway, on nonbinary and trans filmmakers. Soloway is the highest profile nonbinary individual in Hollywood, and created such award-winning and narrative changing shows as Transparent and is the author of the book, She Wants It: Desire, Power and the Toppling of the Patriarchy.

“I think of being non-binary as a thought exercise and a life exercise, and a gift. When I’m around non-binary people who live in that place between genders, it’s always a gift to retrain my mind and say, ‘they, they, they’. This person is not a man. This person is not a woman. They’re both and neither and either, and it’s always changing. That’s a huge gift because it forces me to interact directly with the person’s soul, instead of the things you might layer on top of that.”
-Joey Soloway

Joey will be in conversation with Doane Tulugaq Avery, a filmmaker whose stories focus on feminine, queer, and Indigenous character-driven narratives that seek to blend cinematic realism with surreal and musical moments. Avery has been a fellow for the Sundance Institute + IAIA Native Writers Workshop, and her shorts have screened at Outfest, Oaxaca Film Fest, Seattle Queer Film Festival, Moariland, Hamilton Workers Arts and Heritage Center, and The Cinematheque in Winnipeg.

2021 PIFF Conversation Pack includes streaming access to:

  • Filmmaker on the Edge, Richard Linklater in Conversation with John Waters.
  • Excellence in Acting Honoree, Riz Ahmed in Conversation with Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson
  • Next Wave Honoree, Natalie Morales PIFFtalk with musician Holly Miranda.
  • PIFFtalk Conversation with Transparent creator Joey Soloway in conversation with Doane Tulugaq Avery.