October 17, 2016
NHFF 2016 Closing Ceremonies
The New Hampshire Film Festival went out with a bang on Sunday night with its closing ceremonies at the Portsmouth Music Hall. Filmmakers, critics, and festival-goers gathered to see the final culmination of this year’s festival – presentation of the solid-granite NHFF awards to the weekend’s best films.
Before the awards ceremony began, festival staff recognized all participants of the NH Film Festival Young Filmmakers Workshop. These Young Filmmakers, ages 14-18, spent NHFF weekend writing, casting, directing, and editing their own short films. The ceremony’s attendees got a sneak peek at these films. With titles like I Think Greg Is A Robot, The Jeff, and A Tip For the Average Romantic, the Young Filmmakers’ shorts displayed up-and-coming talent across an impressive array of genres.
The NHFF staff then took the stage to announce the recipients of each film award. In case you weren’t there to see the acceptance speeches, here are this weekend’s award-winning films:
- Best Student Film: WALK FOR ME (dir. Elegance Bratton)
- Best Animated Film: THE ITCHING (dir. Dianne Bellino)
- Best Short Documentary: PICKLE (dir. Amy Nicholson)
- Best Short Comedy: HOW YOU LOOK AT IT (dir. Wendy Seyb)
- Best Short Drama: FOREST BORN (dir. Josh Peterson)
- Audience Choice Documentary: WEINER (dir. Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg)
- Audience Choice Narrative: AMERICAN FABLE (dir. Anne Hamilton)
- Best Feature Documentary: THE LEGEND OF SWEE’ PEA (dir. Benjamin May)
- Best Feature Narrative: CHRONIC (dir. Michel Franco)
- Documentary Grand Jury Prize: THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS (dir. Shirley Abraham & Amit Madheshiya)
- Narrative Grand Jury Prize: WE’RE STILL TOGETHER (dir. Jesse Klein)