That’s a Wrap: International Film Festival Closes Out in Style

The very first Montgomery International Film Festival concluded Sunday night with with an awards ceremony, closing and gala dinner. Directors, actors and many others from the film industry came from all over the globe to attend Montgomery County’s only international film festival.

Here’s a list of all the winner’s from Sunday’s awards gala at Rio in Gaithersburg:


Film Festival Jury Contribution Award:

Ashish Wagh

Nikki Bohm

Geoff Browne

Kirk Ryde

Guy Renardeau

Ping Fu


Film Festival Promotion Contribution Award:

Roger Garcia

David Thomas

Giovanna Salas

B.K. Coposky

Joel Guelzo


Film Festival Selection Contribution Award:

Janie O’Connor

Yong Zhao

Alexis Scott


Best Newcomer Film Award:

Film:  Study Abroad

Winner:  Kaidi Li


Best Documentary:

Winner:  The Good Death


Best Director of a Documentary

Film:  A Shot In The Night

Winner:  Alejandro Diez


Best Screenwriter of a Short Film:

Film:  Last Chance

Winner:  Chenxiao Zhang


Best Actress in a Short Film:

Film:  Last Chance

Winner:  Yubai Zhang


Best Actor in a Short Film:

Film:  Last Chance

Winner:  Hong Hu


Best Director of a Short Film:

Film:  Last Chance

Winner:  Yi Wei


Best Screenwriter of a Feature Film:

Film:  Time Out

Winners:  Matti Kinnunen & Juhua Koiranen


Best Photography in Feature Film:

Film:  Free Slave

Winner:  Mirsad Herovic


Best Supporting Actress in a Feature Film

Film:  Time Out

Winner:  Pihla Pentinnen


Best Supporting Actor in a Feature Film:

Film:  Kilikis The Town of Owls

Winner: Med Rzin


Best Producer in a Feature Film:

Film:  Lost Rainbow–The Return of the Ancient Pendent

Winners:  Zhiyun He, Zhiyuan Bai, Suhua Yu, Ruixin He


Best Actress in a Feature Film:

Film:  Time Out

Winner:  Simo Saarinen


Best Actor in a Feature Film:

Film:  Time Out

Winner:  Mikko Nousiainen


Best Director at the Film Festival:

Film: Les Salopes or The Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin

Winner:  Renee Beaulieu


Best Film:

Winner:  Time Out

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Joe Yasharoff is MCM's Director of Content and Operations. He is also an adjunct journalism professor at the University of Maryland. Previously, Joe was the Managing Editor at NBC Sports Washington and Executive Sports Producer at FOX5 (WTTG-TV). He hosts the MoCo's Most Famous podcast for MCM.


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