On Sunday, June 26, a ceremony was held to award the winner of Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenplay Competition, which recognizes an emerging screenwriter. A jury comprised of Susan Wloszczyna (film reporter, USA Today), Dana Harris (editor-in-chief, indieWIRE), and Rajendra Roy (Celeste Bartos chief curator of film, Museum of Modern Art). chose Kaitlin McLaughlin for the script The Murphys from nearly 700 submissions.
The festival also awarded the fifth annual Adrienne Shelley Excellence in Filmmaking Award, a cash prize awarded to a female filmmaker in honor of the late director. The award was presented to Amy Wendel, director of Benevides Born.
Among other awards, Showtime’s Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting was given to J.C. Chandor for Margin Call. Before Sunday’s closing night screening of Higher Ground, we announced the winners of this year’s awards. The Audience Award for Best Feature was a tie between documentary features To Be Heard and Being Elmo.
Below is a complete list of this year’s NFF award winners:
Showtime’s Tony Cox Screenplay Competition: Kaitlin McLaughlin (The Murphys)
Showtime’s Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Feature Film: J.C. Chandor (Margin Call)
Showtime’s Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Short Film: Lake Bell (Worst Enemy)
Adrienne Shelley Excellence in Filmmaking Award: Amy Wendel (Benevides Born)
Best Writer/Director: Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur)
Best Storytelling in a Documentary Film: Marc H. Simon (Unraveled)
Audience Award for Best Feature (TIE): To Be Heard (dirs. Amy Sultan, Deborah Shaffer, Roland Legiardi-Laura, Edwin Martinez) & Being Elmo (dir. Constance Marks)
Audience Award for Best Short: Thief (dir. Julian Higgins)
Teen View on NFF Award: Lest We Forget (dir. Chris Godfrey)