'Little Pink House,' 'I Am Evidence' Win Provincetown Festival Audience Awards

Little Pink House - Still 1 - H 2017
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The 19th annual Cape Cod film event also honored Sofia Coppola, Chloe Sevigny and Aubrey Plaza, while the first feature awards went to 'Brigsby Bear' and 'Susanne Bartsch: On Top.'

The 19th Annual Provincetown International Film Festival concluded Sunday, with the HBO Audience Awards for narrative feature going to Courtney Moorehead Balaker's Little Pink House and for documentary to I Am Evidence, directed by Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir.

Those prizes reflect an edition of the festival in which more than 50 percent of the films were made by women.

Based on a true story, Little Pink House stars Catherine Keener as a nurse who leads her neighbors in a struggle to save their homes in working-class Connecticut from political and corporate interests trying to seize residential land and turn it over to Pfizer.

I Am Evidence investigates the alarming backlog of untested rape kits in the U.S., exposing disturbing patterns in the handling of sexual assault cases by law enforcement.

The John Schlesinger Awards for first-time filmmakers also were presented, going for narrative to Dave McCary's Brisgby Bear, about a man raised in a bunker who sets out to re-create his favorite childhood TV series; and for documentary to Susanne Bartsch: On Top, a portrait of the veteran New York City party promoter by filmmaking duo Anthony and Alex.

Also during the festival, the previously announced 2016 Filmmaker on the Edge Award was presented to Sofia Coppola, whose June 23 Focus Features release, The Beguiled, screened to strong audience response. This year's Excellence in Acting Award went to Chloe Sevigny, and the Next Wave Award for an emerging risk-taker was given to Aubrey Plaza, whose indie comedy, Ingrid Goes West, screened as Provincetown's closing-night film.

The dates for the 20th-anniversary edition of the Provincetown International Film Festival have been set for June 13-17, 2018.