STEFANIE MALONE

NFFTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and
DOCUMENTARY PROGRAMMER

"It is a nearly impossible task to select five films to highlight at the festival and this year's line-up is a beautiful, smart, creative collection of films. Here's a handful that stood out to me, each which get you to think outside the box, to process new situations, to gain insights, to better understand the human experience. Enjoy!"


STEFANIE'S PICKS: 

FOREVER HOME
Raquel Korman - 22, Tim Deters - 22, Connor Ellmann - 23, William Yelton - 22 |
California
Closing Night 
"Family is not always perfect, but this group of foster children and their forever family has a lot of heart. Bring tissues."

MOM
Reid Antin - 21 | New York
Stories Of Us
"Unlike any film I've seen, this opens your eyes to the challenges and heartbreak of caring for someone you love with Alzheimers. Go hug your grandma."

FRANKIE KEEPS TALKING
Annabelle Attanasio - 22 | New York
Opening Night 
"Behold: the man-ologue. This is the film we all need right now."
 

I'M FREE
Edvard Karijord - 22, Bendik Mondal - 23, Christian Karlsen - 23, Mats Støten - 24 |
Norway
Centerpiece
"A powerful film about what happens after we lose someone. Full of heart and sorrow. An utterly gorgeous film."

EXAMINATION OF A GIRL
Devin John - 23 | California
Experimental Visions
"What does it mean to be a girl? Find out in this smart, fun, gorgeous film with exceptional artistic style."