Provincetown Film Festival Marks 20 Years

Provincetown Film Festival Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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PROVINCETOWN – The Provincetown International Film Festival celebrated 20 years this past weekend as thousands came out to screen dozens of movies from around the world.

The festival kicked off Wednesday night and ran through Sunday.

“It’s a big, huge year for us,” said Christine Walker, the Executive Director of the Provincetown Film Festival. “It’s a big achievement for any film festival to have made it this long.”

“It’s a very diverse mixed crowd of movies that nobody’s seen yet, so you get to see them first,” said Filmmaker John Waters, who has been a fixture at the Film Festival for years. “You get to see them in a beautiful summer resort, you get to mingle with the people that made them, and you get to have an opinion before anyone else. That’s what all film festivals are about.”

This year’s “Acting in Excellence Award” was given to Molly Shannon, a Saturday Night Live contributor and two-time Emmy Award nominee. Shannon stared in the festival’s opening film, “Wild Nights With Emily,” a story about poet Emily Dickenson.

The festival also honored Sean Baker, the director of “The Florida Project” and “Tangerine,” with the 2018 Filmmaker on the Edge Award.

A complete list of winners is below:

HBO Audience Award / Best Narrative Feature: AND BREATHE NORMALLY, directed by Ísold Uggadóttir

HBO Audience Award / Best Documentary Feature: TIME FOR ILHAN, directed by Norah Shapiro

The John Schlesinger Award for Narrative Feature, presented to a first time feature filmmaker: THE CAKEMAKER, directed by Ofir Raul Graizer

The John Schlesinger Award for Documentary Feature, presented to a first time feature filmmaker: A FINE LINE, directed by Joanna James.

HBO Documentary Short Film: LANDLINE, directed by Matt Houghton

Here Media Best Queer Short Film: MARGUERITE, directed by Maria Gracia Turgeon

Best Narrative Short Film: WREN BOYS, directed by Harry Lighton

Best Animated Short Film: NEGATIVE SPACE, directed by Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata

Best New England Short Film: BECAUSE YOU’RE HERE, directed by Mike Syers

Best Student Short Film: GIRL FRIEND, directed by Chloe Sarbib

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