Jurors Convened Virtually to Decide This Year’s Award Recipients

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (May 22, 2020) – The RiverRun International Film Festival has announced its 2020 Jury Award Winners, which were held virtually this year in light of COVID-19 and the cancellation of the festival.  Eighteen jurors made up the main film juries and three jurors participated in the Pitch Fest competition. The jurors represented all aspects of the film industry and are leaders in their respective fields in film.

De Lo Mio

De Lo Mio- Courtesy RiverRun.

“One of the first things we decided after we wrapped our heads around not having a festival this year was that we should reach out to our jury members and see if they would still be able to take part virtually, given the new situation everyone was facing,” said Mary Dossinger, Program Manager for the RiverRun International Film Festival. “We had incredible jurors from all areas of the film community set to come to Winston-Salem and we very much wanted to still highlight the incredible work of our filmmakers in some way. Almost all of the jurors responded with a resounding yes and we got to work sending them the films and introducing them to one another. We are so thankful to them for being a part of RiverRun 2020 and hope to still get them all to our Festival in the future.”

2020 Award Winners


Best Film

De Lo Mio

Directed by Diana Peralta


Peter Brunette Award for Best Director

Maša Nešković



Best Cinematography

Djordje Arambasic



Best Screenplay

Sasha Collington

Love Type D


Best Editing

Christopher Donlon and Sara Newens



Best Actress

Krisha Fairchild



Best Actor

Mcabe Gregg

Teenage Badass





Best Documentary Feature

I Am Not Alone

Directed by Garin Hovannisian


Best Director

Sam Ellison

Chèche Lavi


Honorable Mention


Directed by Mo Scarpelli




Best Narrative Short


Directed by Farhad Delaram


Special Jury Award


Directed by Javier Molina


Best Student Narrative Short


Directed by Kim Allamand


Special Jury Mention

Nighty Night

Directed by Matt Porte


Best Documentary Short

Exit 12

Directed by Mohammad Gorjestani


Best Documentary Short

Ashes to Ashes

Directed by Taylor Rees & Renan Ozturk




Best Animated Short

Petty Thing

Directed by Li Zexi


Special Jury Award for Outstanding Film

Sous la Glace

Directed by Luce Grosjean, Ismail Berrahma, Flore Dupont, Laurie Estampes, Quentin Nory & Hugo Potin


Special Jury Award for Experimental Film

Medium Rare

Directed by Luca Cioci


Special Jury Award for Design Integration

The Kite

Directed by Martin Smatana


Special Jury Award for Best Student Film


Directed by Christoph Sarow


Special Jury Award for Outstanding Craft

Fata Morgana

Directed by Daniella Bokor & Leanna Berkovitch





Painting Your Room in My Heart

Director: Yuqi Lu

Wake Forest University



Clickbait: Stop the Traffic

Director: Madison Rae Reitz

University of North Carolina at Wilmington


SPONSORS: The sponsors of the 2020 RiverRun International Film Festival help sustain the organization's mission to foster a greater appreciation of cinema and a deeper understanding of the many people, cultures and perspectives of our world through regular interaction with great films and filmmakers. Festival sponsors include:

Title Sponsors – Reynolds American, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Wake Forest University, and UNCSA; Presenting Sponsors – City of Winston-Salem, Shift Creative, Nelson Mullins, Millennium Fund, MullenLowe Mediahub, and Wells Fargo

Marquee Sponsors – Forsyth County, Parkway Lincoln, PNC, Salem Smiles Orthodontics, Visit Winston-Salem, and Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton


ABOUT RIVERRUN: The RiverRun International Film Festival is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to the role of cinema as a conduit of powerful ideas and diverse viewpoints. Founded in 1998, RiverRun is a competitive event that annually showcases new films from both established and emerging filmmakers around the world. Each spring, RiverRun screens new narrative, documentary, short, student and animated films, offering both audience and jury prizes in competition categories.

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