The Newport International Film Festival announced the winners of its 2008 festival Sunday.
“The NIFF Jury had a tough job this year selecting the best film in each category,” said NIFF Executive Director Louisa Percudani. “This has been an extraordinary week for filmmakers and fans alike, and we are thrilled to be able to honor the filmmakers for their outstanding contributions to our festival and to the film industry.” Winners included Jeff Mahaffy‘s “Wellness” for Best Narrative Feature, Rob Moss and Peter Galison‘s “Secrecy” for Best Documentary, and Jiang Xuan‘s “August 15th” for Best Short. Audience awards were given to Craig Saavedra‘s “Sherman’s Way” for narrative and Peyton Williams‘ “Speed and Angel” for documentary. A special student jury award was given to DJ Paul‘s “B.O.H.I.C.A.” and the inaugural Brendan P. Kelly Award was awarded to Emily Hubley‘s “The Toe Tactic.” [Peter Knegt]