2022 Montclair Film Festival Award Winners Announced!

The Montclair Film Festival (MFF) today announced the winners of the festival’s 2022 film competitions. This year’s festival featured four competitive categories: Fiction, Documentary, Future/ Now, and New Jersey Filmmaking. Additionally, the Fiction, Documentary and New Jersey juries also awarded films for the festival’s Short Film competitions. The MFF also announced the festival’s 2022 Audience Awards and Junior Jury prizes.

Feature Film Jury Awards

AFTERSUN directed by Charlotte Wells
was awarded the festival’s Fiction Feature Prize.

CORSAGE by directed by Marie Kreutzer
receiving a Special Jury Prize, and a Special Jury Prize for Performance was awarded to Vicky Krieps for her performance in CORSAGE.

The Fiction Feature Competition featured AFTERSUN directed by Charlotte Wells, CORSAGE directed by Marie Kreutzer, EO directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, HOLY SPIDER directed by Ali Abbasi, and R.M.N. directed by Cristian Mungiu.

The Fiction Competition Jury was comprised of Dan O’Meara (NEON and SUPER LTD), Caryn James (Film Critic), and Sam Bergeson (Indiewire).

ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED directed by Laura Poitras
, was awarded the festival’s Bruce Sinofsky Award for the Documentary Feature Competition, the festival’s documentary prize.

The Documentary Feature Competition featured ALL THAT BREATHES directed by Shaunak Sen, ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED, directed by Laura Poitras, LOUIS ARMSTRONG’S BLACK & BLUES directed by Sacha Jenkins, RETROGRADE directed by Matthew Heineman, and THE VOLCANO: RESCUE FROM WHAKAARI directed by Rory Kennedy.

The Documentary Competition Jury was comprised of George Nicholis (Magnolia Pictures), Elizabeth Weitzman (Film Critic), and Thelma Adams (Film Critic).

NANNY directed by Nikyatu Jusu won the Future/Now Competition.

WHEN MEN WERE MEN directed by Aidan Dick & Izzi Rojas was awarded a Special Jury Prize.

Both films will share the $5000 The Mark Urman Award For Fiction Filmmaking honoring early career filmmakers.  This award was established in 2019 in memory of the film distribution executive Mark Urman, a longtime Montclair resident, and funded through Montclair Film’s Mark Urman Award Fund.

The Future/Now Competition featured HANNAH HA HA directed by Joshua Pikovsky and Jordan Tetewsky, A LOT OF NOTHING directed by Mo McRae, NANNY directed by Nikyatu Jusu, THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY directed by Morrisa Maltz, and WHEN MEN WERE MEN, directed by Adian Dick and Izzi Rojas.

The Future/NowJjury was comprised of John Fink (The Film Stage), Abbey White (Film Writer), and Nicolas Rapold (Film Critic).

directed by Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos, took home the New Jersey Films Competition prize.

 The New Jersey Feature Competition featured BANDED TOGETHER: THE BOYS FROM GLEN ROCK HIGH directed by Barry Rubinow, HOME IS SOMEWHRE ELSE, directed by Carlos Hagerman and Jorge Villalobos, OF MEDICINE AND MIRACLES directed by Ross Kauffman, REALTIVE directed by Tracey Arcabasso Smith, and THE YOUTUBE EFFECT directed by Alex Winter.

 The New Jersey Films Competition jury was comprised of Patrick Ryan (Film Critic), Keith Uhlich (Film Critic), and Julie Goldman (Producer).

Audience Awards

The festival’s Audience Award for Fiction Feature was awarded to REMEMBER THIS directed by Jeff Hutchens and Derek Goldman


The CNN Films Documentary Audience Award for Non-Fiction Feature was awarded to WILDCAT directed by Melissa Lesh and Trevor Beck Frost

The Audience Award for World Cinema was awarded to THE QUIET GIRL directed by Colm Bairéad

The Audience Award for Short Film was awarded to BENDIX: SITE UNSEEN directed by Anthony Scalia


David Carr Award

directed by Maria Schrader, took home the 8th Annual David Carr Award for Truth in Filmmaking, which honors a filmmaker, selected by the festival, who utilizes exemplary journalistic techniques to explore important contemporary subjects and is presented in honor of Mr. Carr’s commitment to truth telling in reporting.


Junior Jury

Each year, The Montclair Film Festival welcomes our Junior Jury, made up of thirteen area High School students representing twelve area schools.

The Junior Jury awarded their top prize to THE WHALE directed by Darren Aronofsky

The Junior Jury awarded a Special Jury Award for Performance to Eden Dambrine for his work in Lukas Dhont’s CLOSE.



Short Film Jury Awards

AT LITTLE WHEELIE THREE DAYS AGO directed by Andrew Stephen Lee
, won the festival’s Fiction Short Film Competition. The Fiction Shorts Jury was comprised of Dan O’Meara (NEON and SUPER LTD), Caryn James (Film Critic), Sam Bergeson (Indiewire).

NEIGHBOUR ABDI directed by Douwe Dijkstra
won the festival’s Documentary Short Film Competition. The Documentary Shorts Jury was comprised of George Nicholis (Magnolia Picture), Elizabeth Weitzman (Film Critic), Thelma Adams (Film Critic).

BENDIX: SITE UNSEEN directed by Anthony Scalia, won the festival’s New Jersey Shorts competition. The Competition featured films in the fiction and non-fiction categories from New Jersey. The New Jersey Shorts Competition jury was comprised of Patrick Ryan (Film Critic), Keith Uhlich (Film Critic), and Julie Goldman (Producer).

“This year’s winners of our juried and audience awards showcase the immense range of talent, perspective, and passion that framed the conversation around cinema at this year’s festival,” said Montclair Film Artistic Director and Co-Head Tom Hall. “Each and every film in our competition programs engaged our jurors and audiences in resonant, powerful ways, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to connect filmmakers with audiences who remain committed supporters of the art of film. Thank you to all our filmmakers for making this year’s Montclair Film Festival a tremendous success.”