Maryland Film Festival’s 2011 films (and for that matter a few from ’09 and ’10) are getting a ton of year-end love from top film critics and film websites, in addition to scoring a number of awards nominations and wins!
(VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE MFF 2011 FILM IN THE POLL AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!)
MEEK’S CUTOFF leads the year-end charge with 29 major TOP TEN LIST appearances. UNCLE BOONMEE… is a close second with 23 appearances. The top 5 are rounded out by THE INTERRUPTERS (16 inclusions), NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT (15 inclusions) and WEEKEND (13 inclusions).
22 more MFF films also make at least one top ten list appearance each including:
MY JOY (3)
THE COLOR WHEEL
A USEFUL LIFE
WE WERE HERE
THE DISH AND THE SPOON
ON THE ICE
MFF 2010 titles made a splash too, with 5 top ten appearances for PUTTY HILL, 4 for COLD WEATHER, 2 for GENERAL ORDERS No. 9 and 1 for LA PIVELLINA.
THIS SITE compiles most of the lists from which these figures were culled, if you care to peruse them.
2011 awards season is starting with a bang for MFF films too! So far, here are MFF film award-winners:
BETTER THIS WORLD has picked up a Gotham Award for Best Documentary.
WEEKEND won two British Independent Film Awards (Most Promising Newcomer for star Tom Cullen and Best Achievement in Production.
Three IDA (Int’l Documentary Assoc.) Awards – NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT (Best Doc), THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH (ABC News Video Source Award) and BETTER THIS WORLD (Best Music)
THE INTERRUPTERS won the Chicago Film Critics’ award for Best Documentary
NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT won the Toronto Film Critics‘ award for Best Documentary
ROBERT LONGSTREET (CATECHISM CATACLYSM, SEPTIEN and THE OREGONIAN) won the Silver Nail Award for acting from the Hammer To Nail blog.
Here’s a list of awards nominations for MFF films:
Cinema Eye Awards (for Non-Fiction filmmaking): 11 Nominations for NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT (4), THE INTERRUPTERS (4), BETTER THIS WORLD (1), LAST DAYS HERE (1) and THE PRUITT-IGOE MYTH (1) – (Ceremony takes place 1/11/12)
Gotham Awards: 4 nominations for MEEK’S CUTOFF (Best Feature), Jacob Wyscoki of TERRI (Breakthrough Actor), GREEN and WITHOUT (Best Film Not Playing in a Theater Near You)
Independent Spirit Awards: 3 Nominations for THE INTERRUPTERS (1), WE WERE HERE (1) and Mark Jackson director of WITHOUT (1)
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE BELOW and CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES. As the awards season continues we will update this entry accordingly.