$10,000 cash to the filmmaker (director, or writer/director) of the jury-selected best film made by a filmmaker making his or her feature narrative (60 min or longer) film debut. The Award is courtesy of the South Florida family of the late Jordan Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter whose life was tragically cut short before he could realize his dream.
Gonzalo Maza for This is Cristina (Ella es Cristina)
Alexandre Moratto’s Socrates
Xavier Legrand’s Custody
Tomás Alzamora’s Little White Lie
Lorenzo Vigas’ From Afar
Naji Abu Nowar and Bassel Ghandour’s Theeb *
Maria Gamboa and Adriana Arjona’s Mateo *
Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s So Much Water *
* Prior to 2019, Jordan Ressler awardees were given to the film’s credited screenwriters.