This year's recipient of the NFF 2011 Compass Rose Acting Award is acclaimed actress, Vera Farmiga. Joining such past honorees as Meg Ryan and Robert Duvall, Ms. Farmiga is one of the most talented and highly respected actresses working today. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2010, Ms. Farmiga has appeared in films such as Down to the Bone, The Departed, Up in the Air, and her own directorial debut, Higher Ground, which also is our Closing Night Film.
In Higher Ground, Ms. Farmiga starts as a woman who embarks on a spiritual journey when she joins a small fundamentalist community and undergoes a crisis of faith. Because of her uncanny ability to portray a wide array of diverse characters in interesting and complex stories, we are honored to bestow Ms. Farmiga with our Compass Rose Acting Award. Click here to read this interview with the The A.V. Club where Ms. Farmiga discuss all facets of her career, plus being an actor looking for original stories in the Hollywood.