MUDBOUND Takes Top Prize

Monday, October 23, 2017, Middleburg, VA – Middleburg Film Festival announced today the Audience Award winner for Best Narrative Film, concluding the annual four-day festival. This year’s award went to MUDBOUND, directed by Dee Rees, who attended the festival and was recognized with the festival’s 2017 Visionary Award.

Director Dee Rees shown receiving the 2017 Visionary Award from Sheila Johnson

With 27 films from 14 countries, the festival featured a mix of Oscar contenders, critically acclaimed foreign language films, and compelling documentaries.

“We want to congratulate Dee Rees on her remarkable film,” said Middleburg Film Festival Executive Director Susan Koch. “With MUDBOUND, Dee Rees has firmly established herself as one of the most talented and important directors working in film and television today – and we look forward to presenting many more of her films in the future.”

“We are grateful to all of our sponsors, distributors, filmmakers, special guests, volunteers, and the local Middleburg community who helped make this year’s film festival possible,” said Middleburg Film Festival Founder Sheila C. Johnson. “With their support, we have been able to share many of the year’s best films accompanied by thought-provoking conversations.”

Set in post-World War II Jim Crow Mississippi, MUDBOUND follows two returning veterans—one white and one black—as they navigate a quagmire of social codes in an unforgiving landscape. Starring Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, Jonathan Banks, and Garrett Hedlund, the film powerfully depicts the ongoing struggle to extricate American society from a legacy of injustice.

Winners were chosen by audience ballot.

The Coca-Cola Company returned as Middleburg Film Festival’s Presenting Sponsor. The Washington Post returned as Middleburg Film Festival’s Founding Media Sponsor.

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Middleburg Film Festival offers four days of fantastic films in a spectacular setting, only 30 minutes from Dulles International Airport and just one hour from Washington, DC.

A carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films will screen in an intimate theatre environment, followed by fascinating Q and A’s with world-renowned filmmakers and actors. The films include Oscar contenders, festival favorites, foreign films, regional premieres, and both narratives and documentaries.

Festival attendees will also be able to experience the natural beauty, food, wine, and warm hospitality of Middleburg.

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