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 Arlene Browne, Richard Flynn, Peter Grimshaw, Melynn Nuite, Ceramics by Sibel or Jack Walsh.

2020 Salem Film Fest Awards

Audience Award

SOMEWHERE WITH NO BRIDGES directed by Charles Frank


Special Jury Award

OUR TIME MACHINE directed by Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang


Editing Award

THE WIND. A DOCUMENTARY THRILLER directed by Michal Bielawski and edited by Hubert Pusek


Michael Sullivan Award for Documentary Journalism

MOSSVILLE: WHEN GREAT TREES FALL directed by Alexander John Glustrom


American Cinematographer Magazine Award for Cinematography

HAVANA, FROM ON HIGH directed and filmed by Pedro Ruiz


Cartel Award for Best Short

SECOND SIGHT directed by Cole Sax


Mass Reality Check Best Short Award

BEST EVIDENCE directed by Alex Bilodeau


The Doc-a-chusetts Pitch Award

THE WEIR directed by Elise Hugus and Daniel Cojanu


We are grateful to the distinguished members of our 2020 Jury.

Alice Apley, Executive Director, Documentary Educational Resources
John Arvanitis, Festival Director, Online Film Festival
Steve Audette, Senior Editor, FRONTLINE
Judy Barlow, Vice President of Business Development and International Sales, 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
Marrie Campbell, Former Editorial Director, FRONTLINE
Chico Colvard, Filmmaker, BLACK MEMORABILIA (SFF 2018); Faculty, MassArt; Founding Curator, University of Massachusetts Boston Film Series
Kereth Cowe-Spigai, former Salem Film Fest Selection Committee, film buyer, and English professor
Kristen Fitzpatrick, Managing Director, Field of Vision; Distribution and impact strategist and production consultant
Sharon Grimberg, Filmmaker, Winter Pink Films; Former Senior Producer, American Experience
Christopher Hastings, Executive Producer and Editorial Manager, WORLD Channel WGBH
Jessica Estelle Huggins, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Documentary Educational Resources
Peter Keough, Freelance Film Critic for The Boston Globe and other publications; Editor, For Kids of All Ages: The National Society of Film Critics on Children’s Movies.
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
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
Jan Roberts-Breslin, Filmmaker; Professor and Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies Department of Visual & Media Arts, Emerson College
Susanne Rostock
Trevor Smith, Curator of the Present Tense, Peabody Essex Museum
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
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); Editor, LOSS WON’T PAY THE BILLS (SFF 2019)
Louis Wiley Jr, Former Executive Editor, FRONTLINE