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Salem Film Fest 2018

Awards

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 Augustin, Jack Walsh, Arlene Browne, Tommy Gagnon and Richard Flynn.

2018 Salem Film Fest Awards:

AUDIENCE AWARD
Skid Row Marathon – directed by Mark Hayes

SPECIAL JURY AWARD
The Other Side of Everything – directed by Mila Turajlic

EDITING AWARD
The Other Side of Everything – directed by Mila Turajlic, edited by Sylvie Gadmer and Aleksandra Milovanović

MICHAEL SULLIVAN FRONTLINE AWARD FOR JOURNALISM IN A DOCUMENTARY FILM
The Blood is at The Doorstep – directed by Erik Ljung

AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER MAGAZINE AWARD FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY
Cielo – directed by Alison McAlpine, cinematography by Benjamin Echazarreta

CARTEL AWARD FOR BEST SHORT
The Driver is Red – directed by Randall Christopher

MASS REALITY CHECK BEST SHORT AWARD
The Art of the March – directed by Emily Gordon, Ellie LaCourt and Connor Lewis, Northeastern University

THE DOC-A-CHUSETTS PITCH AWARD
The Act of Reading – directed by Mark Blumberg

THE FIVE-MINUTE STUDENT DOCUMENTARY CONTEST
A Talk with Mom – directed by Julius Nagan, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

 

We are grateful to the distinguished members of our 2018 Jury.

Alice Apley, Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources
Steve Audette, Senior Editor, FRONTLINE
Judy Barlow, Vice President of Business Development, American Public Television
Kevin Belli, Cinematographer/Editor; THE LIST (SFF 2012)
Ethan Berry, Professor and Department Chair, Montserrat College of Art; Filmmaker
Rick Beyer, Filmmaker; THE GHOST ARMY (SFF 2013 Audience Award)
Mariana Blanco, Editor; I AM SUN MU (SFF 2016 Editing Award)
Dinah Cardin, Special Projects Writer and editor of PEM’s blog, Connected
Genevieve Carmel, Program Assistant, The LEF Foundation; Filmmaker
Sean Farnel, Marketing/Distribution, SeaFar North
Kristen Fitzpatrick, Director of Distribution & Acquisition, Women Make Movies
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
Jeremy Levine, Filmmaker; GOOD  FORTUNE (SFF 2010), FOR AHKEEM (SFF 2017 special screening)
Michele Meek, Publisher/Founder, NewEnglandFilm.com; Board Member, The Independent; Filmmaker
Non-Fiction Cartel members
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, WBUR and ARTery contributor and affiliated faculty, Emerson College
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)