Jordan Ressler First Feature Award

Filmmakers making their narrative feature film debut will compete for a jury-selected cash prize of $10,000 in the Jordan Ressler First Feature Award Competition.  The cash prize was created by the South Florida family of the late Jordan Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter and Cornell University Film Studies graduate who, during his brief entertainment career, held production positions with the Tony Award-winning Broadway hits 700 Sundays with Billy Crystal and Jersey Boys. Jordan Ressler passed away in a tragic accident at the age of 23.

2020 WINNER

Gonzalo Maza for This is Cristina (Ella es Cristina)

2019 WINNER
Alexandre Moratto’s Socrates

2018 WINNER
Xavier Legrand’s Custody

2017 WINNER
Tomás Alzamora’s Little White Lie

2016 WINNER
Lorenzo Vigas’ From Afar

2015 WINNER
Naji Abu Nowar and Bassel Ghandour’s Theeb *

2014 WINNER
Maria Gamboa and Adriana Arjona’s Mateo *

2013 WINNER
Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge’s So Much Water *

* Prior to 2019, Jordan Ressler awardees were given to the film’s credited screenwriters.