Cinequest 2019 Wrap & Awards

Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival wrapped Sunday with 132 World & U.S. Premiere Films plus multifaceted Creative Work & Experiences.

This year’s Cinequest Award Winners are:

MAVERICK SPIRIT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Nandita Das
Bill Nighy
Elle Fanning
Esther Wojcicki - LIFE OF A MAVERICK

Please watch Cinequest’s Maverick Spirit Award video.

VR AWARDS

Please click here for the full list of VR award-winners!

AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS

AUDIENCE AWARD, DOCUMENTARY: TRAVEL BAN: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN
• Directors: Samy Chouia

AUDIENCE AWARD, DRAMATIC FEATURE (TIE): THE PUBLIC
• Director: Emilio Estevez

AUDIENCE AWARD, DRAMATIC FEATURE (TIE): BRING ME AN AVOCADO
• Director: Maria Mealla

AUDIENCE AWARD, COMEDY FEATURE: THE SOCIAL ONES
• Director: Laura Kosann

AUDIENCE AWARD, SHORT FILM: FREAKS OF NURTURE
• Director: Alexandra Lemay

JURY AWARD WINNERS, FEATURES

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM, DRAMA: MINE 9
• Director: Edward Mensore

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM, COMEDY: THE BRA
• Director: Veit Helmer

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM: CLEAN HANDS
• Director: Michael Dominic

VISIONARY AWARD: SENIOR ESCORT SERVICE
• Director: Shaina Feinberg

GLOBAL VISION AWARD: A SHELTER AMONG THE CLOUDS
• Director: Robert Budina

BEST SCI-FI, FANTASY, HORROR FEATURE AWARD: LAST SUNRISE
• Director: Wen Ren

BEST TELEVISION PILOT, LONG FORM: UNDERCOVER
• Directors: Eshref Reybrouck & Frank Devos

JURY AWARD WINNERS, SHORTS

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM: DRAMA ARCÁNGEL
• Director: Angeles Cruz

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM: COMEDY POZOLE
• Director: Jessica Mendez Siqueiros

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM: GUAXUMA
• Director: Nara Normande

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM: NAZI VR
• Director: David Freid

BEST COLLEGE SHORT FILM: BEFORE DARK
• Director: Aaron Smithson

BEST HIGH SCHOOL SHORT FILM: NINA SAIZA
• Director: Yangfang (Frances) Chen

BEST HORROR, THRILLER, SCI-FI SHORT FILM: LOA’S PROMISE
• Director: Joshua Dawson

BEST SHORT FORM TELEVISION PILOT, SHORT FORM: WORK/FRIENDS
• Director: Rodrigo Garcia

BEST MUSIC VIDEO: THE NIGHT OF MY DEATH
• Director: Josh Peterson

SCREENWRITER WINNERS & FINALISTS

Please go here for Cinequest Screenplay Finalists and Award Winners.

"Cinequest is definitely the first time I've ever come to a festival where my immediate reaction is, 'What do I have to do to be invited back?' It's a perfect film festival in a glorious place." - Neil Gaiman, Maverick Spirit Award Winner

For more on Cinequest’s story, please watch This Is Cinequest video.