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The 8th Annual Edition of Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) announced its winners



Our partner (Bruno Chatelin sitting in the advisory board): the 8th Annual Edition of Chelsea Film Festival (CFF) announced its winners on Sunday, October 18th (rf. below by category) broadcasted live on FilmFestival+. The Closing Awards show was presented by Festival Founder & Director Ingrid Jean-Baptiste and Actor, Producer James Donahower.

CFF held its 2020 Edition virtually on FilmFestival+ (also accessible through AppleTV) from October 15-19, 2020 and introduced American and foreign films to the public. 

The lineup has exceptionally been extended for viewing until Sunday, October 25th.


Grand Prix Award for Best Picture – HIVE by Eylem Kaftan

Special Jury Award – A CASE OF BLUE by Dana H. Glazer

Best Documentary – RE-INVENTING THE WHEEL by Chelsea McEvoy

Best Cinematography – Serdar Unluturk for HIVE

Best Screenplay – Eylem Kaftan for HIVE

Best Director – Eylem Kaftan for HIVE

Best Actress – Meryem Uzerli in HIVE

Best Supporting Actress – Brittany Molnar in DONNA STRONGER THAN PRETTY

Best Actor – Stephen Schnitzer in A CASE OF BLUE

Best Supporting Actor – Hakan Karsak in HIVE

Special Mention – DONNA STRONGER THAN PRETTY by Jaret Martino

Best Audience Award – GREYSCALE by Yaniel Paulino


Petite Prix for Best Short Film – HIGH SCORE by Serena Ryen and Ethan Itzkow

Special Jury Award – NOW YOU SEE US by Romina Schwedler

Best Documentary – OPIOIDEMIC by Ilja Willems

Best Cinematography – MISFIT M. by Austin Ball and Sarah Hempinstall


Best Director – Jamal Hodge for MOURNING MEAL

Best Actress – Grace Kendall for DAME

Best Actor – Ethan Itzkow for HIGH SCORE and Rashad Hunter for MICKEY HARDAWAY

Best Supporting Actress – Soumaye Bocoum in A RISING STAR

Best Supporting Actor – Joseph Covino in BIG NEWS

Special Mention – DAYBREAK by Wendell Laurent

Audience Award for Best Short Film – COMPASSIONATE RELEASE – THE RAVAGES OF TIME by Lynn Dow






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, Kiki Lambden-Stout Jeff Bandman, Pascal Chemin, Michel Abramowicz, Michael Ruotolo, Pascal Bonifay, Patrick Braoudé, Patrick Timsit, Ron Agam, Stephen Stout, 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:

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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Daniel Londoño




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