RiverRun Announces 2019 Awards Alice Wins Best Narrative and Best Director and American Factory Wins Best Documentary
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (APRIL 16, 2019)— The RiverRun International Film Festival today announced the Jury Awards for the 2019 Festival. This year’s festival ran April 4–April 14 and presented 175 films representing 47 countries.
“We had an impressive group of films this year, from both emerging and established directors. It was not easy for the juries to make their final decisions,” said Rob Davis, RiverRun Executive Director. “Overall, this year’s RiverRun International Film Festival was one of our biggest and best ever. Preliminary box office numbers show we seem to have surpassed last year, and the entire RiverRun team is gratified by the tremendous number positive responses we have received from Festival attendees.”
RIVERRUN 2019 JURY AWARDS:
Best Narrative Feature: Alice directed by Josephine Mackerras
Peter Brunette Award for Best Director: Josephine Mackerras for Alice
Special Jury Prize for Bold Innovation: Life is Fare directed by Spehora Woldu
Best Documentary Feature: American Factory directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert
Best Director of a Documentary Feature: Marcus Lindeen for The Raft
Best Cinematography of a Documentary Feature: For Sama
Human Rights Award: Always in Season
Special Jury Award: Kifaru
Damage: directed by Matt Porter
Best Student Narrative Short: Weaning directed by Ines Gowland
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (RiverRun is an Academy Award qualifying Festival for Documentary Shorts):
Best Documentary Short: A Jew Walks Into a Bar directed Jonathan Miller
Special Jury Prize for Cinematic Quality: El Desierto directed by Carly Jakins and Jared Jakins
Special Jury Prize for Social Impact: Hamama & Caluna directed by Andreas Anuuk Muggli
ANIMATED SHORTS (RiverRun is an Academy Award qualifying Festival for Animated Shorts):
Best Animated Short: Cat Days
Honorable Mention: Game Changer
REEL SOUTH AWARD:
For the third consecutive year, we are pleased to partner with Reel South on the Reel South Short Award, which honors an authentically southern documentary, 15 minutes or less. The selected film receives a cash prize and a Reel South digital distribution deal. This award is sponsored by a collective of southern PBS stations including UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina and South Carolina ETV. This year’s award was presented to As In Death.
PITCH FEST AWARD:
The 8th annual RiverRun Pitch Fest was held with college students from across the state pitching their documentary film projects to a panel of judges. Pitch Fest cash prizes are sponsored by Piedmont Federal Savings Bank. First place was awarded for A Space for Me directed Riley Bradford and Sophia Ortiz from Elon University. Second place was awarded to Alchemy directed by Bridget Fitzgerald of Wake Forest University.
Documentary Feature: Kifaru
Kilpatrick Townsend Stockton Re Vision and Independent Feature Film Award: Alice
Overall Audience Award: Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn?
MASTER OF CINEMA AWARDS:
The sponsors of the 2019 RiverRun International Film Festival help sustain the organization’s mission to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers. Festival sponsors include:
Title Sponsors – Reynolds American, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and UNCSA; Presenting Sponsors – American Airlines, City of Winston-Salem, Elephant in the Room, Millennium Fund, MullenLowe, Wake Forest University, and Wells Fargo
Marquee Sponsors – Nelson Mullins, Forsyth County, Parkway Lincoln, PNC Bank, Salem Smiles Orthodontics, Visit Winston-Salem, and Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton.
The 22nd RiverRun International Film Festival will take place March 26–April 5, 2020.
The RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Founded in 1998, RiverRun is a competitive event that annually showcases new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world. Each spring, RiverRun screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories.