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2017 Chelsea Film Festival awarded MUKOKU by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri Grand Prix for Best Feature Film







Chelsea, NY — The Chelsea Film Festival closed its 5th Annual Edition on Sunday, October 22nd after having presented 90 Films from 26 countries at AMC Loews Theatre 34th St. and the Fashion Institute of Technology (Educational Partner). The list of winners were announced by the 2017 Jury Members (Domenica Cameron-Scorsese, Adrienne Stern & Andrew Hauser) on Sunday, October 22nd at AMC Loews Theatre 34th St. at 9.30pm.



Grand Prix for Best Feature Film - MUKOKU by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri
Special Jury Award - POTATO POTAHTO by Shirley Frimpong-Manso
Best Documentary - JOAQUIM BATICA by Esteban Quesada
Best Cinematography - Olaf Klein for HALF BROTHERS
Best Screenplay - Ryo Takada for MUKOKU
Best Director - Kazuyoshi Kumakiri for MUKOKU
Best Actress - Laura Esterman for CAN HITLER HAPPEN HERE?
Best Actor - James A. Lee for I WAS THERE
Best Supporting Actress - Alicia Gerrard for HALF BROTHERS
Best Supporting Actor - Matthew Smiley for HALF BROTHERS
Special Mention - FRACTURES by Harry Roselmack


Petite Prix for Best Short Film - I WANTED TO TELL YOU by Jacques S. Cohen-Bacri
Special Jury Award - OFUKU by Yuto Obara
Best Documentary - RAPE AS A WEAPON OF WAR by Ariel Wengroff, Amy Richards, Gloria Steinem
Best Cinematography - Dave Meyers for A THESIS COUTURE FILM: BREAKTHROUGH
Best Screenplay - SUBTERRANEAN LOVE (Ileana & Paul) by Robert Haufrecht
Best Director - Bernado Lopes for IVAN
Best Actress - Yamee Couture for THIN LINES
Best Actor - Pete Dorton for LOU
Best Supporting Actress - Giselle Fuentes Lajud for RESILENCIA
Best Supporting Actor - Moussa Sylla for PLANE
Special Mention - SOUL MATES by Marion Filloque


NOTES TO MY FATHER by Jayisha Patel






CFF was founded by actresses Ingrid & Sonia Jean-Baptiste to give voice to the unheard by providing a platform to independent films and discovering new talents.

Chelsea Film Festival Board of Directors consists of renowned industry insiders: Paul Calderon, Elizabeth Kemp, and John Patrick Shanley.

The Advisory Board includes: Adi Stein, Adrienne Stein, Bruno Chatelin, Georges Leclere, Jeff Bandman, Pascal Chemin, Michel Abramowicz, Michael Ruotolo, Pascal Bonifay, Patrick Braoudé, Patrick Timsit, Ron Agam, Richard Stein, Thandeka Zwana, Thembi Mtshali-Jones, Wissam Chahine and more.

The Chelsea Film Festival program highlights local & international feature-length, short films, documentaries and virtual reality from independent or emerging filmmakers.

As Ingrid Jean-Baptiste, Founder of The Chelsea Film Festival, stated:

“Making the World a Better Place by Giving a Voice to the Unheard”


Our Mission:

The Chelsea Film Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization that will help expose the underprivileged youth in Chelsea, NYC to the arts. Throughout the year, CFI will offer free Arts classes to these economically disadvantaged children.

Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) is an international film festival, enlightening the work of emerging filmmakers, producers, and actors. It offers a wide range of films, such as shorts, documentaries, and feature-length pieces. It empowers the work of risk-taking storytellers and remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences around the world.
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