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The Envelope Tease: NOFF Announces Winners

On Sunday (10.19), the New Orleans Film Festival announced the 2014 award winners. Top prize went to Thom Southerland’s Proud Citizen. Louisiana documentary darling, 61 Bullets, took home the Special Jury Award for Documentary Feature while sparking debate about Huey P. Long’s assassination. Click through for a full list of winners.


Jury Winner: Narrative Feature

$10,000 camera package from Panavision

Proud Citizen

director: Thom Southerland


Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast: Narrative Feature

Love Land 

director: Joshua Tate


Narrative Features Jury: Effie T. Brown, Matt Grady, and Peter Knegt

Jury Winner: Documentary Feature

$1000 cash prize from the New Orleans Film Society, and two one-on-one 30-minute consultations: one with POV executive director Simon Kilmurry and one session with POV Vice President of Community Engagement & Education Eliza Licht. 

When the Bell Rings

director: Brad Bores


Special Jury Award: Documentary Feature

61 Bullets

directors: David Modigliani & Lucy Kreutz


Documentary Features Jury: N’Jeri Eaton, David Gelb, and Eugene Hernandez

Jury Winner: Louisiana Feature

$10,000 camera package from Panavision

Big Charity

director: Alex Glustrom


Special Jury Award: Louisiana Feature

Below Dreams

director: Garrett Bradley


Louisiana Features Jury: Chris Innis, Rebecca Snedeker, and Cameron Yates

Jury Winner: Narrative Short

$2500 in film stock from Kodak — Michael Brown from Kodak is here to present


director: Frances Bodomo


Special Jury Award: Narrative Short


director: Annie Silverstein

Narrative Shorts Jury: Bryan Buckley, Moira Griffin, and Roberta Munroe


Jury Winner: Documentary Short

$500 from the New Orleans Film Society

White Earth

director: J. Christian Jensen


Special Jury Award: Documentary Short

Le Taxidermiste

director: Prisca Bouchet & Nick Mayow


Documentary Shorts Jury: Christopher Campbell, Wendy Cohen, and Sari Gilman

Jury Winner: Louisiana Short

$10,000 post-production package rom Digital FX

Church in Black

director: Kenna J. Moore


Louisiana Shorts Jury: Angela Catalano, Peter Labuza, and Brian O’Hare

Helen Hill Jury Award for Animation

Prize: Toon Boom Storyboard Pro License, one-year license


director: Joshua Cox


Special Jury Award: Animation

Toon Boom Animate Software Package

The Box

director: Michael I Schiller


Animation Shorts Jury: Ken Keys, Mallory Martin, Matt Wisdom

Jury Winner: Experimental Short

$250 Prize from the New Orleans Film Society

Escape from Planet Tarr

director: Luigi Campi


Special Jury Award: Experimental Short

Infinite Now (Infinite Jetzt)

director: Julie Pfleiderer


Experimental Shorts Jury: Blake Carrington, Mary Kerr, and Lucas Leyva

Programmer’s Award for Artistic Vision


directors: Diane Hodson & Jasmine Luoma


Apex Post Award for Best Sound in a Louisiana Film

Bury Me $2500 Service Package from Apex Post


Apex Post Award for Best Sound in a Louisiana Film

Honorable Mention: (Short): The Veil ($500 Service package)


Apex Post Award for Best Sound in a Louisiana Film

Honorable Mention: Una Vida ($1,000 Service package)


Cinematography Award: Louisiana Narrative Feature

Below Dreams

Director: Garrett Bradley


Cinematographers: Brian C. Miller Richard, Milena Pastreich

Cinematography Award: Louisiana Narrative Short

Call Me Cappy

Director: Maja Holzinger

Cinematographer: Trenton Mynatt


Best Editing Award


Director: Damien Chazelle

Editor: Tom Cross

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