Sean Baker, Chloë Grace Moretz to be Honored at 20th Provincetown International Film Festival

Tuesday March 27, 2018

Marking its 20th anniversary, the Provincetown International Film Festival (PIFF) announced today that acclaimed writer/director Sean Baker ("The Florida Project," "Tangerine") will be named the 2018 "Filmmaker on the Edge." Baker will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation with resident artist John Waters on Saturday, June 16. Additionally, actress Chloë Grace Moretz ("The Miseducation Of Cameron Post," "If I Stay"), will receive the festival's second annual "Next Wave Award," which recognizes those who have exciting and distinctive voices, take artistic risks, and have a passionate commitment to independent film. Moretz will be in attendance to accept the award in conversation with Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper on Friday, June 15, and in support of her film "The Miseducation Of Cameron Post," which is a PIFF Spotlight selection.

"As we approach the next 20 years of celebrating the most distinctive voices in independent cinema, our honorees this year embody our greatest hopes for the world of storytelling," said Christine Walker, Executive Director of PIFF and CEO of the Provincetown Film Society. "Sean Baker will be long recognized as one of the most masterful, empathetic, and important filmmakers of his generation. Chloë Grace Moretz, already a veteran at age 21, takes the kind of bold risks both in front of the camera and behind the scenes that profoundly influence diversity in the stories that are told as well as the make-up of those storytellers."

PIFF also announced that the festival will kick off with the New England premiere of "Wild Nights With Emily," a dramatic comedy about the secret life of Emily Dickinson, portrayed by Molly Shannon. Hailed by Indiewire as "the best lesbian comedy in years," this independent film explores Dickinson's vivacious, irreverent side - most notably Emily's lifelong romantic relationship with another woman. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival where it received rave reviews. Writer/director Madeleine Olnek was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for the film. The Opening Night Film will screen on Wednesday, June 13 at Provincetown Town Hall.

"We are absolutely delighted to open our 20th-anniversary festival with Madeleine's Olnek's wickedly funny and completely original, "Wild Nights With Emily," said Lisa Viola, PIFF's Artistic Director. "The humor and compassion showcased in Molly Shannon's brilliant portrayal of Emily Dickinson is a pure joy."

The Provincetown International Film Festival runs June 13 - 17, 2018 in Provincetown, MA. Festival passes go on sale on Friday, March 23. America's oldest artist colony, Provincetown has been home to the likes of Jack Kerouac, Kurt Vonnegut, Jackson Pollock, Norman Rockwell, Anthony Bourdain, John Waters, and Ryan Murphy.

The 2018 Honoree Awards are sponsored by: Celebrity Page, The Mallard Foundation, The Palette Fund, & The George H Scanlon Foundation. Major sponsors of the 2018 Provincetown International Film Festival include Comcast/Xfinity, HBO, HereTV, Boston Harbor Cruises, Crown and Anchor, Harbor Hotel, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Provincetown Tourism Fund, Sage Inn and Pilgrim House, Sea Glass Inn.