Jordan Ressler First Feature Award

$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. This special award recognizes and supports artists early in their careers as professional filmmakers. It was created by the South Florida family of Jordan Alexander 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. He died in a tragic hiking accident while traveling in Nicaragua at age 23, before realizing his professional ambitions. This Achievement Award in the amount of $10,000 USD will be awarded to a film artist of a narrative first feature film by the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund.

2021 WINNER

Lorelei, a U.S.-made working-class fable directed by Sabrina Doyle, garnered the $10,000 Jordan Ressler First Feature Award. The winning film was selected by jury members Kira Davis, Karen Foster, and Gonzalo Maza, who won last year’s $10,000 Jordan Ressler First Feature Award for This is Cristina.

2020 WINNER
Gonzalo Maza for This is Cristina (Ella es Cristina)
Jury: Florencia Jimenez-Marcos, Leticia Jorge and Naji Abu Nowar.

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.