New Orleans Film Festival Announces 2015 Jury Award Winners

Courtesy of 'Hotel Nueva Isla'

This is NOFF's first year as an Oscar-qualifying festival, in the category of documentary shorts.

The 2015 New Orleans Film Festival (NOFF) award winners were announced at a Filmmakers Awards Ceremony and brunch at Republic New Orleans on Oct. 18. A small number of feature films and 124 shorts were selected to compete for jury awards.

Invisible (Niewidzialne), directed by Zofia Pregowska, won the short documentary jury award, which qualifies the film for an Academy Award nomination.

Cuban film Hotel Nueva Isla, directed by Irene Gutierrez, won for documentary feature and Embers, directed by Claire Carre won for narrative feature.

Here's the full list of winners:

TECHNICAL AWARDS

Apex Post Award for Best Sound in a Louisiana Film

The Mourning Hills, R. Todd Campbell

Apex Post Special Mention for Best Sound in a Louisiana Film

Us Against The World, Andrea Kühnel

Cinematography Award: Louisiana Narrative Feature

DJ McConduit

Cinematography Award: Louisiana Narrative Short

Natalie Kingston

JURY AWARDS

ANIMATION

Special Jury Award: Animation

We Can’t Live Without the Cosmos, Konstantin Bronzit

Helen Hill Jury Award for Animation

The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal (El sol como un gran animal oscuro), Christina Felisgrau and Ronnie Rivera

EXPERIMENTAL SHORTS

Jury Winner: Experimental Short

Something About Which Nothing Can Be Said, Ted Kennedy

NARRATIVE SHORTS

Special Jury Award: Narrative Short

World Wide Woven Bodies (Verdensvevde kropper), Truls Krane Meby

Special Jury Award: Narrative Short

Drifters, Anu Valia

Jury Winner: Narrative Short

Turtle (Wu gui), Jordan Schiele

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Special Jury Award: Documentary Short

Little Hero,  Marcus A. McDougald. Jennifer Medvin

Jury Winner: Documentary Short

Invisible (Niewidzialne), Zofia Pregowska

LOUISIANA SHORTS

Special Jury Mention: Louisiana Narrative Short

The Love Song of M. Anderson Vincent, Chen Gu

Jury Winner: Louisiana Short

Rite, Morgan Roberts

LOUISIANA FEATURE

Jury Winner: Louisiana Feature

Consequence, Jonathan Nguyen, Ashley George

Special Jury Award: Louisiana Feature

The King of New Orleans, Allen Frederic (co-directors: Coodie & Chike)

DOCUMENTARY FEATURES

Jury Winner: Documentary Feature

Hotel Nueva Isla, Irene Gutierrez

NARRATIVE FEATURES

Jury Winner: Narrative Feature

Embers, Claire Carré

Programmer’s Award for Artistic Vision

Grazia Tricarico, Mona Blonde, Persefone (shorts)

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