It’s a Wrap!

The 11th Annual Alexandria Film Festival closed Sunday, November 12, with record attendance and six award winners:

  • Best of Fest Award: “The Weight of Honor,” directed by Stephanie Seldin Howard
  • Grand Jury Award: “Tale of the Kite,” directed by Michael Fallavollita
  • Special Jury Award: “Nothing to Do,” directed by Mike Kravinsky
  • Best of the Region Award: “Her Tango,” directed by Jason Mullis
  • Best Foreign Language Film Award: “Saawan,” directed by Farhan Alam
  • Audience Award: “The Things They Left Behind,” directed by Sara Werner

More than 100 filmmakers and festival attendees attended the Awards Ceremony and Closing Reception. Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg, who noted that the festival is planned and executed entirely by volunteers, presented the awards. “For the past 11 years, the Alexandria Film Festival has brought something unique and very special to the city,” she noted, “It has continually enhanced its presentation, size, attendance, and reputation—it is truly the ‘Little Engine That Could.’”

More than 50 films, as well as filmmakers, producers, screenwriters, cinematographers, film subjects, production professionals, journalists and area film enthusiasts participated in the 2017 Alexandria Film Festival.

  • Capacity crowds enjoyed the 2017 Alexandria Film Festival

  • “Tale of the Kite” Director Michael Fallavollita (right center) shares filmmaking tips with fellow filmmaker Dylan Fox (left center), director of “$ave for Your Future,” while Voice of America camera crew looks on. Both Fox and Fallavollita were featured as part of the festival’s Burke & Herbert Bank Family Showcase.

  • Producer Missy Jenkins (left) and Director Sara Werner (right) discuss their film “The Things They Left Behind” with the audience

  • “Saawan” Director, Farhan Alam, accepts the award for Best Foreign Language Film from Festival Chair, Margaret Wohler and Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg

  • (Left to right) Director Stephanie Seldin Howard accepts the Best of Fest Award from Festival Chair Margaret Wohler and Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg, as Producer and Cinematographer Roger Howard looks on

  • Actor and producer Dan Istrate takes questions about “Her Tango,” which took Best of the Region honors.

  • Director Mike Kravinsky makes a point at the screening of “Nothing to Do,” which won the Special Jury Award

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