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Awards

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Every film shown at Salem Film Fest is an extraordinary viewing experience. The festival honors seven 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:

  • AUDIENCE AWARD
  • SPECIAL JURY AWARD
  • EDITING AWARD
  • MICHAEL SULLIVAN FRONTLINE AWARD FOR JOURNALISM IN A DOCUMENTARY FILM
  • AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER MAGAZINE AWARD FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY
  • MASS REALITY CHECK BEST SHORT AWARD
  • THE DOC-A-CHUSETTS PITCH AWARD

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

Alice Apley, Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources; Filmmaker
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 GOST ARMY (SFF 2013 Audience Award)
Genevieve Carmel, Program Assistant, The LEF Foundation; Filmmaker
Alijah Case, Communications & Outreach manager, Documentary Educational Resources

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
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)