2018 AJFF Jury Prizes Announced


The 2018 AJFF Jury Selections have been announced. See the winners of the Jury Prizes for Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Short, Emerging Filmmaker, Building Bridges, and Human Rights.

Take look at the Jury Prize winners for this year and the jury's feedback as to why they were chosen.

Narrative Jury Prize: The Testament

"Told through the unique lens of a Holocaust historian’s quest for justice, The Testament is a powerful cinematic exploration of how one defines and maintains Jewish family and identity, that also deals with other timely themes including complicity, community responsibility and especially the pursuit of truth and facts." 

Documentary Jury Prize: Death in the Terminal

"Death in the Terminal unfolds for its viewer like a taut thriller from Hitchcock and its use of found footage gives us a new perspective into the world of security cameras in which we all live. The filmmaker has created a work that is both original in its conception and devastating in its impact. Brilliant!"

Emerging Filmmaker Jury Prize: Astrid Schult, Winter Hunt

"With only one principle location and four characters, Astrid Schult was able to create a compelling thriller that felt much larger than the individual parts. The cinematography of Winter Hunt created a distinct and dark mood enhanced by the powerful use of silence." 

Building Bridges Jury Prize: Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta

"Through an intimate portrait of a remarkable life, this film demonstrates how music can be an olive branch, a tool of diplomacy, and a universal language that transcends cultural boundaries. A satisfying narrative, a joyful lesson in music history, and a loving depiction of man who cares as much about humanity as about art."

Human Rights Jury Prize: Death in the Terminal

"Death in the Terminal is a documentary that reminds us of the porous nature of truth and how appearances can be deceiving. As question swirl over the cost of a security state and due process, Death in the Terminal is a reminder that the decision we make in a moment of fear can have a lasting impact. Using three conflicting points of view the viewer becomes one more participant having to sort out the events of that day and possibly be unsettled by the truth of how they would react from such a situation. This feeling of reflection serves as a reminder that the fight for human rights and the fight not to give into our reflex prejudices is a constant struggle.

Shorts Jury Prize: On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi

On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi introduces a storybook, 65-year marriage between two 95 year-olds, and then drops a bomb on the audience. As Nani, Papi and their adult children struggle to process a stunning revelation, the viewer shares an almost painfully intimate experience. Genuinely wrenching with moments of levity, On My Way Out presents a complex family dilemma and withholds easy answers.

And, a special thank you to our jury. This year’s festival has benefited greatly from their expertise.