- Film Guide
Each year Milwaukee Film gives out awards to exceptional filmmakers in various categories, find out more about these special honors.
In July 2008, members of our community came together to develop a cultural institution that would host a world-class film festival and nurture the community and culture of film. That effort was spearheaded by three community leaders, whose generosity and vision laid the foundation for what Milwaukee Film is today. While leading the Argosy Foundation, philanthropist Chris Abele, along with Carmen & Bill Haberman of the Herzfeld Foundation, each provided their time and resources early on when we needed it most, and they continue to support our work today. It is because of this that we honor them with the establishment of two Founders Awards.
ABELE CATALYST AWARD
When Chris Abele joined with the Herzfeld Foundation to create Milwaukee Film, he did so knowing the long-lasting and positive impact that an allencompassing film organization and festival could have on the community. He also instilled a spirit in the organization that continues to drive us today: to think big, to aim high and to understand that you can always do better. His tremendous commitment to Milwaukee Film, support then and today, has inspired us to name an award celebrating his contribution to Milwaukee Film. Because of Mr. Abele’s and the Argosy Foundation’s continued support over these last five years, we’re honoring him with this year’s first-ever Abele Catalyst Award. In the future, this award will be given annually to honor the person or organization whose generous support for Milwaukee Film is inspired by a similar interest in having a catalytic and longlasting positive impact on our community through film.
HERZFELD COMPETITION AWARD
The Herzfeld Foundation’s deep commitment to helping innovative arts and arts education programs thrive in Milwaukee served as a guiding force during Milwaukee Film’s maturation. The foundation’s legacy of being a staunch advocate for the value of art in our community inspired us to name an award in its honor. Our Competition Program, presented by The Heil Family Foundation, showcases a selection of films that we believe embody a spirit of innovation and that recognize the highest artistic possibilities in the film medium today. The $10,000 Herzfeld Competition Award will be awarded annually by a jury of film industry members to one filmmaker from our Competition Program who best exemplifies that program’s spirit.
THE 2013 HERZFELD COMPETITION AWARD
War Witch (dir. Kim Nguyen)
• Crulic - The Path to Beyond (2012)
• Nothing’s All Bad (2011)
• Somewhere Between (2011)
• A Brand New Life (2010)
• My Perestroika (2010)
• Munyurangabo (2009)
2013 SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, COMPETITION
12 O’Clock Boys (dir. Lotfy Nathan)
• Honorable Mention, 2012 - 5 Broken Cameras (dirs. Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi)
• Acting, 2012 - Saul Williams, Tey
• Directing, 2012 - Mohammad Rasoulof, Goodbye
ALLAN H. (BUD) AND SUZANNE L. SELIG AUDIENCE AWARDS
For the fifth straight year, we are proud to present the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Awards for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film. The Seligs’ continuous visionary support of Milwaukee Film is a validation of the community-wide effort to present the premier film festival in the region and to build Milwaukee Film into a vibrant, year-round cultural institution centered on film.
BEST FEATURE FILM, 2013
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete (2013)
• Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012)
• Louder Than A Bomb (2011)
• Waiting for “Superman” (2010)
• Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (2009)
BEST SHORT FILM, 2013
Eddie Adams: Saigon '68 (2013)
• Magic Piano (2012)
• The Wheel (2011)
• Drunk History: Tesla & Edison (2010)
• The Violinist (2009)
Awarded annually to one Milwaukee filmmaker, the Cream City Cinema Filmmaker-In-Residence prize offers a yearlong residency program with Milwaukee Film. The 2013 residency includes a mentorship program, a $5,000 cash prize, and a production services package valued at more than $20,000 to help winners produce their next film.
2013 MILWAUKEE FILMMAKER IN RESIDENCE:
Michael T. Vollman, Before You
• Chris James Thompson (2012)
• Michael Hawkins-Burgos (2011)
• Tate Bunker (2010)
• John Roberts (2009)
CREAM CITY CINEMA SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Habibeh (Thicker Than Paint) (dir. Maryam Sepehri)
CREAM CITY CINEMA SPECIAL JURY PRIZE (ACTING)
Logan Lark, When the King Tilts
PAST SPECIAL JURY PRIZE WINNERS
• Feature Film, 2012 - As Goes Janesville (dir. Brad Lichtenstein)
• Short Film, 2012 - So I Could Fly Away (dir. Blyth Renate Meier)