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The Boston Film Festival closed out the 35th program on Sunday, September, 22nd with the East Coast premiere of “A Hidden Life,” directed by Terrence Malick and “Once Upon a River” directed by Haroula Rose, as well as the World Premiere of the documentary film “In Their Shoes,” about opiate addition, produced by James Wahlberg, Cheryl Buchanan and directed by Taylor Katsanis at the Boston Public Library. Closing night celebration was at Yotel Boston with actors John Ashton, Kenadi DelaCerna, and Ajuawak Kapashesit. Opening night party was hosted by Scorpion Bar celebrating the World Premiere of “American Tragedy” and Fox Searchlight’s “JoJo Rabbit.” Empire presented the Friday night fete with actors Tammin Sursok, Austin Swift and director Sean McEwen. On Saturday, a reception took place at the Showplace Icon’s Lobby Lounge for the cast of NBC’s new series “Bluff City Law” with Newton native Caitlin McGee, Jayne Atkinson and Michael Luwoye followed by a post screening gala at The Met Back Bay attended by actors Ben Sidell “Content” Francois Arnaud, Tommy Dewey and Lola Glaudini with Director Marc Carlini. The 2019 BFF screened at the ShowPlace Icon Seaport Theatre and Boston Public Library.

  • Best Film - JoJo Rabbit

    Taika Waititi, Director, Writer Screenplay - Fox Searchlight
  • Best Actor - Tom Felton - Whaling

    Sean McEwen Director
  • Best Actress - Tammin Sursok - Whaling

    Sean McEwen Director
  • Best Director - Haroula Rose - Once Upon a River

  • Best Cinematography - She's in Portland

    Devin Whetstone, Cinematographer
  • Best Story - A Hidden Life

    Terrence Malick, Writer, Director Fox Searchlight
  • Best Editing - The Wild

    Leah Andrews, Eric Frith
  • Best Ensemble Cast - She's in Portland

    Tommy Dewey, Minka Kelly, Francois Arnaud, Joelle Carter, Lola Gauldini
  • Audience Favorite - She's in Portland

    Director Marc Carlini
  • Best Music - Whaling

    Jason Soudah, Composer, Mandi Collier and Frankie Pine, Music Supervisors
  • Best Documentary - American Tragedy

    Josh Sabey, Director, Zak Ciotti Producer
  • Mass Impact Award - In Their Shoes

    Taylor Katsanis Director, Producer Cheryl Buchanan, Executive Producer James Wahlberg
  • EcoFilm - The Wild

    Director Mark Titus
  • Best Short - American Life

    Director - Emily Harmon

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