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The NHFF recognizes the best films in several categories by presenting our Granny Awards. Weighing in at about 10 pounds, the Granny is hand-carved from granite. Each award-winning filmmaker also receives Portsmouth-manufactured, world-famous Bailey Works messenger bags and other special gifts.
Grand Jury Award
NHFF’s most prestigious award is presented each year to the best overall film as selected by our esteemed Grand Jury. The top three films selected by our screening committee will compete for this award.
A sure measure of success for filmmakers is winning the Audience Choice Award. Movies are nominated for this award by the screening committee and then voted on by the NHFF audience throughout the festival. Online voting, size of crowds, and audience reviews will determine the Audience Choice Award winner. Given to one Documentary, and one Feature Film.
Best Feature Film
All feature length films are nominated for Best Feature Film which must be over 60 minutes or longer (excluding documentaries). Selected by the Screening Committee, this award recognizes the Best Feature Film in NHFF.
All documentary films of at least 60 minutes in length are nominated for Best Documentary Film. Documentary films portray factual events and bring them to life through the art of storytelling.
Best Short Comedy
All short comedic films in the NHFF program are nominated for Best Short Comedy. Short comedies must be less than 60 minutes in length and involve comedic drama.
Best Short Drama
All short, dramatic films in the NHFF program less than 60 minutes in length are nominated for Best Short Drama. Short dramas involve dialogue about conflicts or contrasts of circumstance.
Best Animated Film
All animated short and feature length films in the NHFF program are nominated for Best Animated Film. These films use animated characters to tell their stories.
All screenplays are reviewed by three judges in Round One, resulting in the Top Ten advancing to Round Two, where each is read and scored by another three judges, yielding the top three screenplays, from which the Best is determined by our Guest Industry Judge.
NH Night Awards
New Hampshire Day & Night is dedicated to promoting films, filmmakers, producers, and actors who hail from the Granite state. Awards are presented to films and filmmakers who qualify for consideration as NH Film.
The Van McLeod Award
Named for Van McLeod, the current Commissioner of the NH Dept. of Cultural Resources, this award honors an individual who has made a significant career contribution to the film industry, especially in the state of NH.
NH Film of the Year
The best feature and short films nominated by the screening committee will be selected by the NH Grand Jury.
NH Documentary Film of the Year
All NH documentary films are nominated for NH Documentary Film of the Year. Documentary film portrays factual events and brings them to life through the art of storytelling. This award is voted on by the Screening Committee.