2016 VTeddy Award Winners
Here are MNFF’s recipients of the 2016 VTeddy Awards:
Best Feature Documentary: “Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith”
Best Short Documentary: “Phil’s Camino”
Best Feature Narrative: “Broke”
Best Short Narrative: “The Best and Worst Days of George Morales’ Unnaturally Long Life”
Audience Award – Feature: “The Guys Next Door”
Audience Award – Short: “Pony”
VSO Special Award for Best Integration of Music Into Film: “Black Canaries”
MNFF Special Award for Sustained Excellence in Creativity and Imagination: Barbara Kopple
Custom-made by Festival sponsor Vermont Teddy Bear Company, the VTeddies represent the creativity and joy that are at the heart of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival. We hope that all our winning filmmakers will find a lovely spot for their bear.
Beginning in the early spring of 2017, MNFF will tour all the VTeddy Award-winning films throughout New England as part of our unwavering commitment to new filmmakers. The New England Tour provides our winners with valuable additional exposure throughout each of the six New England states.
This year the Festival introduced three new VTeddy Awards: “Audience Favorite – Feature”, “Audience Favorite – Short”, and “Best Integration of Music Into Film” in collaboration with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. As part of this award, VSO will pair the winning filmmaker with a selected rising composer to co-create a new film with original music. Should that project be ready by the 2017 Festival, a live performance of the original score will take place during the debut screening of the film at the Festival.
MNFF was also pleased to present special guest Barbara Kopple with a VTeddy for “Sustained Excellence in Creativity & Imagination,” which she accepted at the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday evening, August 28, at Town Hall Theater.
Congratulations to our winners – and stay tuned for updates on the New England Tour!
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE
The Best and Worst Days of George Morales’ Unnaturally Long Life
USA | 24M
Director: Benjamin Dohrmann, Seth Cuddeback
Writer: Benjamin Dohrmann, Seth Cuddeback
Producer: Benjamin Dohrmann, Seth Cuddeback