HIFF28: Awards

HIFF has proudly bestowed over a million dollars in its 28-year history. This year, we are honored to be rewarding emerging filmmakers with over $28,000 in cash, as well as another $100,000 in in-kind goods and services, through the following awards.


COMPETITION AWARDS

  • The Narrative Feature winner receives a $3,000 cash prize plus a film production package of in-kind goods and services.
  • The Documentary Feature winner receives a $3,000 cash prize plus a film production package of in-kind goods and services.
  • The Narrative Short Film winner receives a $500 cash prize and qualifies for consideration at the Academy Awards® for Best Live Action Short Film.
  • The Documentary Short Film winner receives a $500 cash prize and qualifies for consideration at the Academy Awards® for Best Documentary Short Film.

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

The Peter Macgregor-Scott Memorial Award
$10,000
The inaugural Peter Macgregor-Scott Memorial Award aims to continue Peter’s mentorship for a new generation of passionate filmmakers. Sponsored by Susan Macgregor-Scott, this $10,000 award is specifically designed to recognize narrative short filmmakers and reward creative approaches to solving practical production challenges in the service of storytelling.

Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for Films of Conflict & Resolution
$5,000
Presented by the Brizzolara Family Foundation, this award recognizes one of the films in the Films of Conflict & Resolution program, which is is dedicated to showcasing films that deal with the complex issues and societal effects of war and violence. These films are selected because of their excellence in filmmaking and depiction of provocative and dramatic content. Since this signature section was launched 20 years ago, it has continued to stimulate discussion about major issues and conflicts of our time.

New York Women in Film & Television Award for Directing
$2,000
New this year, this award honors an outstanding female filmmaker who has demonstrated exceptional artistic vision and dedication to their craft.

Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
$2,000
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 cash award, honoring emerging talent.