The Next Generation Indie Film Awards handed out top honors at the second annual Next Generation Indie Film Awards gala. The 2022 awards ceremony was a sold-out event held at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The evening of celebration and laughter was hosted by returning host and co-founder, actor and comedian Calum Worthy.
The event was marked by a special new award, the first-ever Luminary Award, which went to Oscar-nominated American filmmaker Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Knives out). The award, the independent film organization’s highest honour, was graciously accepted by Mr Johnson who delivered his acceptance speech via pre-recorded video, giving words of encouragement to the filmmakers in attendance. The event was also streamed live on Instagram.
This year’s top prize, Best Film Overall, went to Don’t go quietly, a powerful and inspiring documentary directed by Nicholas Bruckman and produced by Amanda Roddy. The feature-length documentary, about Ady Barkan’s national campaign for health care reform, had its world premiere on South by Southwest and is currently streaming on Hulu.
In addition to a trophy, the Best Overall Picture winner received a prize of over $150,000 including professional studio rental space in Los Angeles, production supplies and equipment, movie sets cameras, post-production services (including writing, sound mixing, color grading, digital final mastering), private film screening and an AFM (American Film Market) Executive Plus badge for AFM 2022 .
Don’t go quietly also won Best Documentary Feature. The finalists for best overall film are definition please, The telephone of the windand These moments.
definition please, directed by Sujata Day and produced by Cameron Fife, Datari Turner, Ritesh Rajan and Sujata Day won the Best Narrative Feature category. The film is currently streaming on Netflix.
The telephone of the winddirected by Kristen Gerweck and produced by Linda Christina Riedmann won Best Narrative Short while These momentsdirected by Dylan Chant, Nic Kuklinski and Scott Larson, and produced by Dylan Chant, won the Best Documentary Short category.
In the acting categories, the Best Actor in a Feature Film award went to Cole Hauser for his role in The Last Champion. Based on a true story, the inspirational drama was directed by Glenn Withrow and is currently available on Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube and Google Play Movies. The film received several other accolades at the awards ceremony, including Best Directing in a Feature Film for Mr. Withrow.
The award for best actress in a feature film went to Frances Fisher (Titanic, unforgivable) for his role in This is not a war story. Directed by Talia Lugacy, the drama is currently available on HBO Max.
Quinton Aaron, who starred in The blind side with Sandra Bullock, joined host Calum Worthy on stage during the show to present the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Short Film to Fabian Jaray for A soldier’s story.
Best Ensemble Cast in a Short Film went to the casting of First… Directed by Adam Hartwinski and produced by Maciej Ślesicki, Adam Hartwiński
and Michal Konopkawhich, First… received several awards, including Best Short Film by a Student Filmmaker, Best Foreign Language Short Film, and Supporting Actress in a Short Film for Anna Grycewicz.
Alex Ramos won Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film for his role in 12 wordsa film nominated for several awards.
Another multiple winner was bittudirected by Karishma Dube and produced by Mary Evangelista and Shreya Dube, which won in several categories including Best Short Drama.
Filmmaker Paul Myzia, whose awards for The masterpiece included Best Editing in a Short Film.
A full list of all nominees and winners and categories for the 2022 Next Generation Film Awards can be found here: https://indiefilmawards.co/2022-winners-nominees/
“Being able to honor the talented next generation of independent filmmakers makes this baby boomer very happy,” said awards co-founder Therese ‘Tag’ Goulet.
The awards show’s executive producer is Andrew Jenkins. The show’s producers include Aina Dumlao and Undercurrent Studios. Attendees of the 2022 awards gala included nominees from around the world, program judges, honorees, industry partners and sponsors from major film companies who continue to generously support the work of Next Generation Indie Film Nonprofit Awards. Foundation all year round.
Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, the 2022 grand prize winner has won a prize worth over $150,000 in production credits and movie rentals to help the winner film their next project in Los Angeles. Prize packages include rentals from Quixote and MBS Equipment Co., props from ISS Props, software from Final Draft, camera package from Keslow Camera, post-production services from Sugar Studios LA, special invitation at the 2022 American Film Market in-person event in Santa Monica, and more. The full list of prize sponsors is available on the website at Sponsors tab.
About the NEXT GENERATION INDIE FILM AWARDS
Formed in 2020, the inaugural Next Generation Indie Film Awards gala was held in Hollywood in 2021. Catherine Goulet, serial entrepreneur and successful visionary, founded and built the largest awards program for independent authors and publishers in the world , the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, launched in 2008.
The film awards evolved from the book awards program in 2020, when Catherine conceptualized the non-profit Next Generation Indie Film Awards Foundation, and Catherine partnered with Andrew Jenkins and his sister Therese ‘Tag’ Goulet to create the film awards program.
Tag Goulet is a film producer and patron who has funded over 100 independent films by young filmmakers, including two from the Santa Monica College film program that screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Andrew Jenkins is an award-winning actor and producer, as well as an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader. Calum Worthy, a lifelong friend of Andrew’s since the two starred in a TV series together as teenagers, joined the trio as a founding member of the nonprofit in 2022.
Together, this multi-generational team of founders have a vested interest in the future of independent filmmaking and have created a global awards program that celebrates exceptional work and helps independent filmmakers break through. The annual galas are a place where filmmakers can forge critical connections with the industry and come together to celebrate with other nominees.
The Next Generation Indie Film Awards Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports filmmakers around the world through its annual awards and other programs throughout the year. They strive to support filmmakers at all stages of the filmmaking process by helping them reach an audience and aim to advance filmmakers’ careers through services, education and access to resources. The organization has financially supported over 50 independent film projects since its inception.
HOW TO ENTER THE 2023 AWARDS
Entries are now being accepted for the 2023 Next Generation Indie Film Awards. Award categories include both feature and short films, as well as awards for Best Music Video, Web Series, Debut Filmmaker, LGBTQ+ Filmmaker Short, BIPOC Filmmaker, animation, student films and the best documentaries.
More information on the awards, including how to enter, can be found here: https://indiefilmawards.co