2017 VTeddy Award Winners

Here are MNFF’s recipients of the 2017 VTeddy Awards:

Best Feature Documentary: “The Peacemaker”

Best Short Documentary: “An Outrage”

Best Feature Narrative: “A Pact Among Angels”

Best Short Narrative: “There Are No Brothers Here”

Audience Award – Feature: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”

Audience Award – Short: “An Autobiography”

VSO Award for Best Integration of Music Into Film: “SEARED”

Jacob Burns Film Center Creative Culture Award: “Three Red Sweaters”

Hernandez/Bayliss Prize Celebrating the Triumph of the Human Spirit: “Among Wolves”

Clio Visualizing History Prize for the Advancement of Women in Film: “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story”

MNFF Honoree Award for Sustained Excellence in Acting: Michael Murphy

MNFF Honoree Award for Sustained Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking: Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg

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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 2017 Festival introduced three new VTeddy Awards, two of which are in conjunction with cash prizes: the Jacob Burns Film Center Creative Culture Award to a short film director, offering an opportunity to be in residence at the prestigious Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York and join the Burns’ ongoing Creative Culture film initiative for emerging artists; the Hernandez/Bayliss Prize [$1,000] to the feature film director whose work best captures the triumph of the human spirit; and the Clio Visualizing History Prize for the Advancement of Women in Film [$1,000], to a woman feature filmmaker who boldly explores a person or event of historical significance.

And back for a second year was the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Award for best integration of music into film, selected by the VSO and presented to a short film director at MNFF3.  As part of this award, VSO will again pair the winning filmmaker with a selected rising composer to co-create a new film with original music.  Everyone hopes that the project will be ready for MNFF4 next August so that it can be screened alongside a live VSO performance of the original score.

MNFF was also pleased to present special guest Michael Murphy with a VTeddy for “Sustained Excellence in Acting,” along with VTeddies to the highly successful directing/producing team of Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg for “Sustained Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking.”  All our honorees accepted their award at the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday evening, August 27, at Town Hall Theater.

Congratulations to all our distinguished winners!

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

The Peacemaker
USA | 90M
Director: James Demo
Producer: James Demo

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY

An Outrage
USA | 34M
Director: Hannah Ayers, Lance Warren
Producer: Hannah Ayers, Lance Warren

BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE

A Pact Among Angels
Canada | 95M
Director: Richard Angers
Producer: Genevieve Lavoie

BEST SHORT NARRATIVE

There Are No Brothers Here
USA | 13M
Director: Emma Findlen LeBlanc
Producer: Emma Findlen LeBlanc and Taylor Lee Nagel

AUDIENCE AWARD – FEATURE

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Documentary| USA | 86M
Director: Alexandra Dean
Producer: Alexandra Dean, Adam Haggiag, Katherine Drew

AUDIENCE AWARD – SHORT

An Autobiography
Narrative | Finland | 34M
Director: Mari Mantela
Producer: Klaus Heydemann & Inland Film Company

VSO SPECIAL AWARD – BEST INTEGRATION OF MUSIC INTO FILM

SEARED
Narrative | USA | 8M
Director: Ben Gustafson
Producer: Ben Gustafson

JACOB BURNS FILM CENTER CREATIVE CULTURE AWARD

Three Red Sweaters
Documentary | USA | 10M
Director: Martha Gregory
Producer: Martha Gregory

HERNANDEZ/BAYLISS PRIZE – TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT

Among Wolves
Documentary | Bosnia | 87M
Director: Shawn Convey
Producer: Shawn Convey, Kevin Ripp

CLIO VISUALIZING HISTORY PRIZE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF WOMEN IN FILM

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
Documentary| USA | 86M
Director: Alexandra Dean
Producer: Alexandra Dean, Adam Haggiag, Katherine Drew

MNFF HONOREE AWARD – SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE IN ACTING

Michael Murphy

Films screened at MNFF:

Nashville, directed by Robert Altman
Narrative | USA | 160

McCabe & Mrs. Miller, directed by Robert Altman
Narrative | USA | 120M

Manhattan, directed by Woody Allen
Narrative | USA | 96M

MNFF HONOREE AWARD – SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

Ricki Stern & Anne Sundberg

Films screened at MNFF:

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Documentary | USA | 90M

Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing
Documentary | USA | 108M

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