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Salem Film Fest 2017

Awards

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Every film shown at Salem Film Fest is an extraordinary viewing experience. The festival honors eight filmmakers with awards which represent the appreciation of our audience and jury, and recognition of achievement in different disciplines in filmmaking.  All award winners are presented original trophies created by local artists Mik Augustine, Jack Walsh, Arlene Browne, Tommy Gagnon and Richard Flynn.

2017 Salem Film Fest Awards:

SALEM FILM FEST STORYTELLER AWARD
David Fanning, founder and executive producer at large, FRONTLINE

AUDIENCE AWARD
STRAD STYLE directed by Stefan Avalos

SPECIAL JURY AWARD
SNOW MONKEY directed by George Gittoes

EDITING AWARD
SANTOALLA edited by Andrew Becker, directed by Daniel Mehrer, Andrew Becker

MICHAEL SULLIVAN FRONTLINE AWARD FOR JOURNALISM IN A DOCUMENTARY FILM
AFTER SPRING directed by Steph Ching and Ellen Martinez

AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER MAGAZINE AWARD FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY
GOD KNOWS WHERE I AM cinematography by Gerardo Puglia , directed by Todd Wider and Jedd Wider

MASS REALITY CHECK BEST SHORT AWARD
PRAYING FOR CHANGE directed by Directed by Brian McPartlan – Fitchburg State University

THE DOC-A-CHUSETTS PITCH AWARD
TETHYS directed by Ben Pender-Cudlip

We are grateful to the distinguished members of our 2017 Jury.

Steve Audette, Senior Editor, FRONTLINE
Judy Barlow, Vice President of Business Development, American Public Television
Ethan Berry, Professor and Department Chair, Montserrat College of Art; Filmmaker
Rick Beyer, Filmmaker; THE GHOST ARMY (SFF 2013 Audience Award)
Genevieve Carmel, Program Assistant, The LEF Foundation; Filmmaker
Alijah Case, Communications & Outreach manager, Documentary Educational Resources
Michael Collins, Filmmaker; GIVE UP TOMORROW (SFF 2012 Editing Award), ALMOST SUNRISE (SFF 2017)
Joe Cultrera, Filmmaker; HAND OF GOD, WITCH CITY, LEATHER SOUL; Co-founder and former Program Director, Salem Film Fest
FRONTLINE Editorial Staff
Peter Keough, Freelance Film Critic for The Boston Globe and other publications; Former Film Editor, The Boston Phoenix
Lyda Kuth, Executive Director, The LEF Foundation; Filmmaker
Rick Macomber, Emmy Award winning Director of Photography; Ten-time first place winner for the Boston Press Photographers’ Association
Michele Meek, Publisher/Founder, NewEnglandFilm.com; Board Member, The Independent; Filmmaker
Holly Morris, Filmmaker; THE BABUSHKAS OF CHERNOBYL (SFF 2016 – Special Jury Award and Audience Award)
Rinus Oosthoek, Executive Director, Salem Chamber of Commerce; Co-founder, Salem Film Fest
Bari Pearlman, Filmmaker; DAUGHTERS OF WISDOM (SFF 2009), SMILE ‘TIL IT HURTS (SFF 2010), NANGCHEN SHORTS (SFF 2012), THE LEPRECHAUN’S WIFE (SFF 2017)
Stephen Pizzello, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher, American Cinematographer Magazine
Suzanne Rostock, Editor; SING YOUR SONG, INCIDENT AT OGALA
Clemence Taillandier, Head of Theatrical Sales, Distrib Films US; Head of Theatrical Sales, Film Movement
Erin Trahan, Alliance of Women Film Journalists; Editor, The Independent; Contributor, The ARTery presented by WBUR; Filmmaker
Daan Veldhuizen, Filmmaker; STORIES FROM LAKKA BEACH (SFF 2012 – American Cinematographer Magazine Award for Cinematography), BANANA PANCAKES AND THE CHILDREN OF STICKY RICE (SFF 2016)