·最佳纪录片【A Tale of Three Chinatowns】United States
·最佳摄影【PASSADE (JUST A FLING)】France
·最佳女演员 Fanny Valette【PASSADE (JUST A FLING)】France
·最佳男演员 Jeff Wincott【The Issue with Elvis】United States
·最佳导演 Charlotte Wincott【The Issue with Elvis】France
·最佳影片【PASSADE (JUST A FLING)】France
本届电影节特别委托评委会评委鲍振江导演开设独立的华语片竞赛单元，并负责选片和评审工作，筹备电影节今后的常设华语片竞赛单元。鲍振江导演非常认可MIFF蒙哥马利国际电影节“电影回归艺术本体”的宗旨，希望能有更多的华语独立电影通过MIFF和世界各国独立电影制作人、团队以及投资人开展交流和合作。他对资深电影人Marc Baschet能加盟和支持MIFF感到欣慰，因为正是一大批像Marc Baschet这样的坚守艺术的电影人的努力，才有了今天艺术电影在欧洲在法国的生生不息，在那里电影还保持着艺术品的品格，电影人作为艺术家受到社会的尊重，有着活跃的艺术电影院线，有很多把电影当作艺术品的投资者，不是为了挣钱而是为了精神的享受心灵的升华。华语电影需要坚持，电影回归艺术，需要电影人的坚守。艺术不是权贵们餐桌上的美味，更不是权贵们胯下的罗裙。华人世界里艺术作为下九流的思想根深蒂固，要想改变，全靠艺术家们自己。
Founded in 2019, MIFF Montgomery International Film Festival is excited to bring the joy of film to the community for a third year in a row.
Ever since film became an integral part of the human experience, it has shaped many aspects of our daily life. Movies have influenced the clothes we wear, the popular hairstyles of the time, the foods we eat, the friends we choose to keep around us and even what type of person we aspire to be.
Compared to the films of the past, Hollywood has progressively commercialized films that feel more like fast food instead of a hearty, satiating meal. For audiences that want to nourish their mind, the modern day cinema is not filling enough for their voracious appetite that yearns for original thought.
The MIFF Montgomery International Film Festival was launched in the hope that more meaningful and nutritious films would be presented to the community, especially young audiences. Instead of feeding children McDonalds, they can be fed a balanced diet of wisdom, courage and inspiration.
Film in its purest form is art. We at MIFF, want to encourage filmmakers to devote their energy to making art instead of sales. MIFF invests in original filmmakers to support their production and distribution of their craft.
Although the world is still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still numerous filmmakers who cannot restrain their enthusiasm for creation. This year the film festival received nearly 400 films, 15 of which were shortlisted documentaries, short films and feature films.
This year’s film festival also set up a Chinese-language film competition unit and a youth film unit.
The judges of this year’s film festival spoke highly of the films that were shortlisted for the competition. Creators have created works of great artistic value under very limited conditions.
On September 19th, the Film Festival successfully held an online awards ceremony and announced the list of winners this year.
·Best Documentary [A Tale of Three Chinatowns] United States
·Best Short Film【DIRT】United States
·Best Screenplay【RUINS】United States
·Best Photography【PASSADE (JUST A FLING)】France
·Best Actress Fanny Valette【PASSADE (JUST A FLING)】France
·Best Actor Jeff Wincott【The Issue with Elvis】United States
·Best Director Charlotte Wincott【The Issue with Elvis】France
·Best Film【PASSADE (JUST A FLING)】France
·Chinese Film Unit·
·Best Film 【Arrival without an appointment】China
·Best Director Xu Xiangfeng【No appointment】China
·Best Producer Qiu Guoqin [Extraordinary Father and Son] China
·Best Photography Zhang Yang Minming [Thank you for warming my world] China
·Best Screenplay Jia Su [Thank you for warming my world] China
·Best Actress Qian Dongni [Thank you for warming my world] China
·Best Actor Qu Bo [Thank you for warming my world] China
This year’s film festival specially commissioned the jury director Bao Zhenjiang to open an independent Chinese film competition unit. Bao Zhenjiang was responsible for the film selection, judging the films, and paved the way for a permanent Chinese film competition unit of the film festival. Director Bao Zhenjiang is very much aligned with the Montgomery International Film Festival’s mission of “Returning Films to the Doctrine of Art”, and hopes that more Chinese-language independent films can communicate and cooperate with independent filmmakers, teams and investors from all over the world through MIFF. He is very pleased that the senior filmmaker, Marc Baschet could join and support MIFF, because it is thanks to the hard work of filmmakers that dedicate their lives to art, like Marc Baschet that have made craft films continue to flourish in Europe in France today. Fortunately, there are still investors who treat movies as works of art, not for the sake of making money but for the spiritual enjoyment of the transformation of the soul. Chinese-language films need persistence, and the return of films to an art form requires the tenacity of filmmakers. Art is not just a delicacy on the table for the powerful. In the Chinese world, the ideology of art as superfluous is deeply ingrained, and it is up to the artists themselves to change this philosophy.
The epidemic of unoriginality continues to spread all over the world. People are waking up to the lack of artistic authenticity. The unrestrained “political correctness” that is tied up to money is destroying human civilization. Like all artistic crafts, movies must also break free from the confines of commercialism. Filmmakers must ward off the plague of betraying art and turning it into a cheap drug of base entertainment.
Although the MIFF Montgomery International Film Festival is very small, we have received support and help from many friends and institutions, as well as the local government, because MIFF has the most precious thing, that is, the enduring flame of artistry. For more information, please visit MIFF official website, www.miffus.com