Hosting the Awards ceremony: Jason Mantzoukas, actor, comedian and star of Hannah Fidell’s The Long Dumb Road (Premieres section). Also known for playing Derek Hofsteler in the NBC comedy The Good Place, as well as Dr. Steve in Transparent, Rafi in The League, Dennis Feinstein on Parks and Recreation and Adrian Pimento on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Mantzoukas co-starred as Nadal in the film The Dictator and co-hosts the popular film discussion podcast How Did This Get Made?
Also onstage at Awards: from Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Loud (Premieres section, Closing Night Film), musicians Keegan DeWitt and Jeremy Bullock with lead actors Nick Offerman on bass and Kiersey Clemons on vocals — opening the show with their film’s title track.
The awards, which recognize standout artistic and story elements, are voted on by each of seven section juries, including, in the case of the new-this-year NEXT Innovator’s Award, a jury of one. As in years past, Festival audiences have a role in deciding the 2018 Audience Awards, which will recognize five films in the U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT categories; new this year, audiences will vote on a Festival Favorite film across categories, which will be announced the week following the Festival. Search, which premiered in the NEXT section, won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize, announced previously.