HIFF 2019: Awards

Each year HIFF celebrates audience favorites, emerging film artists, and films that shine a light on important issues impacting our society. The following awards will be given to films in the 2019 Festival (October 10-14), and honored in a ceremony on Monday, October 14.

COMPETITION AWARDS

Our Competition Awards honor emerging directors from around the world in narrative feature, documentary feature, and short film competition sections. Juried by world-class filmmakers and industry professionals, these competitions represent the important, provocative premieres by cinema’s next wave of master filmmakers.

Narrative Feature Film

The winning film receives a $100,000 film production package of in-kind goods and services, as well as a $3,000 cash prize. Selected by the Narrative Jury from this year’s contenders.

Documentary Feature

The winning film receives a $25,000 film production package of in-kind goods and services, as well as a $3,000 cash prize. Selected by the Documentary Jury from this year’s contenders.

Narrative Short Film

The winning film receives a $500 cash prize and qualify for consideration at the Academy Awards® for Best Live Action Short Film. Selected by the Narrative Jury from this year’s contenders.

Documentary Short Film

The winning film receives a $500 cash prize and qualify for consideration at the Academy Awards® for Best Documentary Short Film. Selected by the Documentary Jury from this year’s contenders.

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Through Festival-wide balloting, HIFF audiences will select their favorite films in three categories:

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Short Film

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

Zicherman Family Foundation Screenwriting Award—$10,000

New in 2019! A $10,000 award from the Zicherman Family Foundation will be presented to an early-career screenwriter who has demonstrated singular vision and dedication to their craft. This award seeks to both celebrate their current work and encourage the development of future projects.

Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for Films of Conflict & Resolution—$5,000

This $5000 award recognizes one of the films in the Films of Conflict & Resolution section.

Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant—$3,000

Awarded to a film that has completed 50% of principal photography within Suffolk County, New York. This $3,000 award is presented by the Suffolk County Film Commission to a film in the Views From Long Island section.

Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award—$2,500

This $2,500 award is presented to a film in the Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights section that inspires compassion and compels social change by raising public awareness about the rights of animals and their moral and ethical treatment.

Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice—$2,000

This $2,000 award is presented to a film that exemplifies the values of peace, equality, global justice, and civil liberties, and named in honor of two people who spent their entire lives fighting for those values.

University Film Awards—$500

The five films selected for the University Short Film Showcase will each receive a $500 award, honoring emerging talent.