NewFest 2020 Awards

Watch the Juried Awards Presentation
Watch the Closing Remarks + Audience Award Presentation

Juried Awards

Feature Directorial Debut From a Black LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Award
Olivia Peace; Director of TAHARA

Emerging Black LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Awards
Blanche Akonchong; Writer/Director/Producer of MERCURY AFROGRADE
Elegance Bratton & Jovan James; Co-Writers/Directors/Producers of BUCK
Terrance Daye; Writer/Director/Producer of -SHIP: A VISUAL POEM

The Black Filmmakers Initiative is supported by Ralph Lauren Corporation, Blackstone and Vimeo

New York Short Film
Grand Jury Award:
QUEENIE; Director Cai Thomas

Special Mentions:
-SHIP: A VISUAL PEOM; Writer/Director Terrance Daye
SEE YOU SOON; cast James Cusati-Moyer & Jonny Beauchamp

U.S. Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Award:
COWBOYS; Writer/Director Anna Kerrigan

Special Mention:
CICADA; Co-Directors Matt Fifer & Keiran Mulcare and Actor/Co-Writer Sheldon D. Brown

Documentary Feature
Grand Jury Award:

Special Mention:
YOUR MOTHER’S COMFORT; Director Adam Golub

International Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Award:
WELCOME TO THE USA; Director Assel Aushakimova

Special Mention:
DATING AMBER; Director David Freyne

Audience Awards

Audience Award for Narrative Feature
DATING AMBER; Writer/Director David Freyne

Audience Award for Documentary Feature
CURED; Directors Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer

Audience Award for Narrative Short
WAKING HOUR; Writer/Director Nava Mau

Audience Award for Documentary Short
THEY THROUGH THEM; Director Joan Galo


Black Filmmakers Initiative
Wellington Love, Producer/Publicist
Patrik-Ian Polk, Filmmaker

New York Shorts
Jeremy O. Harris, Playwright
River Gallo, Filmmaker, PONYBOI
Julio Torres, Comedian

US Narrative Features
Dino-Ray Ramos, Deadline
Rhys Ernst, Filmmaker, ADAM
Isabel Sandoval, Filmmaker, LINGUA FRANCA

Documentary Features
Tre’vell Anderson, Journalist
Barbara Vasconez, Programmer, NYWIFT and New York Latino Film Festival
Whembley Sewell, Editor In Chief, them.

International Narrative Features
Jazz Tangcay, Variety
Kathy Tu, The New York Times
Ed Gonzalez, Film Editor, Slant Magazine