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

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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.

The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is strongly committed to raising the profile of its winning filmmakers after the annual August event concludes. The New England Tour is the direct fulfillment of this commitment. This past March and April, our six VTeddy Award winning films from 2016 toured together throughout New England, appearing at great venues across the region. We thoroughly enjoyed bringing our 2016 winners to all these appreciative audiences and we’re looking forward to touring our 2017 winners next year.

The 2016 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. A portion of that project will be ready for this year’s Festival and it will screen alongside a live VSO performance of the original score. Get your 2017 passes so you don’t miss the debut of this unique collaboration.

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!

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J Keith, Middlebury New Filmmaker Festival 2016

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Walk With Me: The Trials of Damon J. Keith
USA | 103M
Director: Jesse Nesser
Producer: Jesse Nesser

Phil’s Camino, Middlebury New Filmmaker Festival 2016

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Phil’s Camino
USA | 27M
Director: Annie O’Neil, Jessica Lewis
Writer: Annie O’Neil
Producer: Annie O’Neil

Broke, Middlebury New Filmmaker Festival 2016

BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE

Broke
Australia | 95M
Director: Heath Davis
Writer: Heath Davis
Producer: Luke Graham

The Best and Worst Days of George Morales' Unnaturally Long Life, Middlebury New Filmmaker Festival 2016

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

The Guys Next Door, Middlebury New Filmmaker Festival 2016

AUDIENCE AWARD – FEATURE

The Guys Next Door
Documentary | USA | 74M
Director: Amy Geller, Allie Humenuk
Producer: Amy Geller, Allie Humenuk

Pony, Middlebury New Filmmaker Festival 2016

AUDIENCE AWARD – SHORT

Pony
Narrative | USA | 31M
Director: Candice Carella
Writer: Candice Carella
Producer: Candice Carella, Samuel Bayer, Xander Berkeley, MaryAnn Tonedo

Black Canaries, Middlebury New Filmmaker Festival 2016

VSO SPECIAL AWARD – BEST INTEGRATION OF MUSIC INTO FILM

Black Canaries
Narrative | USA | 19M
Director: Jesse Kreitzer
Writer: Jesse Kreitzer
Producer: Jesse Kreitzer

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MNFF SPECIAL AWARD – SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE IN CREATIVITY & IMAGINATION

Films screened at MNFF:

Harlan County, USA
Documentary | USA | 103M

Hot Type: 150 Years of The Nation
Documentary | USA | 103M

Miss Sharon Jones!
Documentary | USA | 103M

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