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 will be presented an original trophy created by local artists Mik Augustin, Arlene Browne, Tommy Gagnon, Patrick O’Donnell, Dino Rowan, or Jack Walsh.

2019 Salem Film Fest Awards

Audience Award

CHILDREN OF THE SNOW LAND directed by Zara Balfour and Marcus Stephenson

Special Jury Award

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS directed by Simon Lereng Wilmont

Editing Award

MIDNIGHT TRAVELER directed by Hassan Fazili, edited by Emelie Mahdavian

Michael Sullivan Award for Documentary Journalism

WHY CAN’T I BE ME? AROUND YOU directed by Harrod Blank and Sjoerd Dijk

American Cinematographer Magazine Award

THE SILVER BRANCH directed and cinematography by Katrina Costello

Cartel Award for Best Short

LAST SERMON AT GEORGE’S CREEK directed by Bobby Moser and Spencer Creigh

Mass Reality Check Best Short Award

CANARY RED directed by Carrie Cullen

The Doc-a-chusetts Pitch Award



We are grateful to the distinguished members of our 2019 Jury.

John Arvanitis, Festival Director, Online Film Festival
Steve Audette, Senior Editor, FRONTLINE
Judy Barlow, Vice President of Business Development, American Public Television
Ione Barrows, Senior Associate, POV Engage
Kevin Belli, Cinematographer/Editor; THE LIST (SFF 2012)
Ethan Berry, Professor and Department Chair, Montserrat College of Art; Filmmaker
Mariana Blanco, Editor; I AM SUN MU (SFF 2016 Editing Award)
Marrie Campbell, Former Editorial Director, FRONTLINE
Dinah Cardin, Writer and editor at PEM; Contributor to North Shore Magazine; Writing teacher and former publisher of North Shore Art Throb
Sharon Grimberg, Filmmaker, Winter Pink Films; Former Series Producer, American Experience
Sophie Harari,
Editor and Media Coordinator, Programming and Production Department, POV
Peter Keough, Freelance Film Critic for The Boston Globe and other publications; Former Film Editor, The Boston Phoenix
Michaela Koller, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Documentary Educational Resources
Lyda Kuth, Executive Director, The LEF Foundation; Filmmaker
Jeremy Levine, Filmmaker; GOOD  FORTUNE (SFF 2010), FOR AHKEEM (SFF 2017 special screening)
Michele Meek, Filmmaker; Publisher/Founder,; Board Member, The Independent
Tim Metzger, Director of Photography and Producer, Red Antelope Films
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
Jennifer Redfearn, Filmmaker, Red Antelope Films; Associate Professor, Boston University
Jan Roberts-Breslin,
Filmmaker; Professor and Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies Department of Visual & Media Arts, Emerson College
Suzanne Rostock
Flávia de Souza, Editor, ARMED WITH FAITH (SFF 2018)
Clemence Taillandier,
 Head of Theatrical Sales, Distrib Films US; Head of Theatrical Sales, Film Movement
Erin Trahan, Filmmaker; WBUR and ARTery contributor; affiliated faculty, Emerson College
Louis Wiley Jr, Former Executive Editor, FRONTLINE