Brooklyn Film Festival’s 23rd Edition: TURNING POINT Announces Award Winners:

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Brooklyn, NY (June 8, 2020) – Brooklyn Film Festival’s 23rd edition: TURNING POINT (aka Relearn How to be Human), which in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic began showing films for free online on Friday, May 29th and wrapped up Sunday, June 7th,  announced the winners of the festival’s awards over the course of the day on Saturday, June 6th, with the Audience Awards and The Grand Chameleon Award announced on Sunday afternoon, bestowing a total of 30 awards to this year’s festival filmmakers. Winners were determined by three groups: 1) The external panels of judges, 2) The festival, and 3) The Audience. Through the resources of industry-related sponsors, selected filmmakers are sharing a total of $50,000 in cash, products and services. Over the course of the 10-day festival, there were a total of 21,000+ new registered users and 36,000+ views of the films, as data collected from Vimeo, the festival’s video server, showed. To learn more about the BFF selection process and check the full awards breakdown: visit their website.

INTO THE STORM directed by Adam Brown picked up the coveted best of fest Grand Chameleon Award. Jeanne Leblanc’s OUR OWN won Best Narrative Feature and Adam Brown’s INTO THE STORM also took home the award for Best Documentary Feature.

“The 2020 BFF has been for me, without a doubt, the most important event up to date organized by the Brooklyn Film Festival. Our outreach this year has been second to none to our previous 22 editions. 124 countries have been following the festival in numbers that we could have only dreamt about in the past.  I have the clear feeling that BFF has entered a brand new stage and the greatest thing of all is that we have achieved this by doing something tangibly good. We envisioned, created, and then delivered a well-organized film festival to people who are going through a very difficult moment in their lives. And the idea to offer such a show free of charge has been one of the most rewarding actions I have ever been involved in,” said Marco Ursino, Brooklyn Film Festival Executive Director. 

Award packages include prizes from Sobre Vista Resort, AbelCine, Xeno Lights, Be Electric, WNET, MPE, Final Draft, Lentini Communications, Media Services, Noble Jewelry, The Pod Hotel, Papapietro Perry Winery and Brooklyn Film Society.

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS:


GRAND CHAMELEON AWARD – Dir. Adam Brown for the Documentary Feature INTO THE STORM 

Best Narrative Feature – Dir. Jeanne Leblanc for the film OUR OWN

Best Documentary Feature – Dir. Adam Brown for the film INTO THE STORM

Best Narrative Short -Dir. Georgi M. Unkovski for the film STICKER

Best Documentary Short – Dir. Malcolm Rizzuto and and Spencer Garrison for the film EAT WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY

Best Animation – Dir. Zige Zhang for the film KING OF THE HOUSE

Best Experimental – Dir. Garry Stewart for the film THE CIRCADIAN CYCLE

Spirit Awards:

Narrative Feature – Dir. Kenya Márquez for the film SUFFOCATION

Documentary Feature – Dir. Hasan Oswald for the film HIGHER LOVE

Narrative Short – Dir. Alex Wu for the film IDOL

Documentary Short – Dir. Jessica Colquhoun for the film SUNDAYS AT THE TRIPLE NICKEL

Experimental – Dir. Kevin McGloughlin for the film SUITE AFTER THE FURIES 

Animation – Dir. Tom Hardiman for the film PITCH BLACK PANACEA 

Best Brooklyn Project – Dir. Mojo Lorwin for the film SUMMER IN THE CITY

Audience Awards:

Narrative FeatureMACABRE directed by Marcos Prado

Documentary Feature INTO THE STORM directed by Adam Brown

Narrative ShortTHE PRESENT directed by Farah Nabulsi

Documentary ShortTHEY directed by Louisa Rechenbach

ExperimentalINHUMAN LOVE  directed by Adam Hayes and Nick Hayes

AnimationWADE directed by Upamanyu Bhattacharyya and Kalp Sanghvi

KidsFilmFestCRAMMING directed by Dan Perlman

Certificates of Achievement:

Best New Director Award – Hasan Oswald for the film HIGHER LOVE

Best Producer Award – Rodrigo Ríos Legaspi for the film BEFORE OBLIVION 

Best Screenplay Award – Morgan Ingari for the film MILKWATER  

Best Cinematography Award – Vincent Biron for I’LL END UP IN JAIL

Best Editing Award – Maciej Bruno Sosnowski for the film ROTTEN EARS

Best Style Award – Ashley Eakin for the film SINGLE

Best Original Score Award – Composer Xiao Zhuang Ma for the film THE JOURNEY OF MURDER

Best Actor Female – Susana Alcantara for the film WOMAN WITHOUT A CHILD

Best Actor Male – Kyle Chen for the film IDOL

For more No Rest for the Weekend coverage and our reviews of the Brooklyn Film Festival, click here.

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