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Warm, winning and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood.

Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rag-tag gang of friends. Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion.

Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the struggle and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter. 

With The Florida Project, Sean Baker gives life and a voice to a community rarely seen on screen. Through the eyes of Moonee, Halley, and Bobby, Baker has created a spellbinding and transformative portrait of contemporary lives lived in the margins that are otherwise too easily forgotten. The Florida Project declares, boldly and proudly, that anywhere can be a Magic Kingdom - it just depends on how you see it.

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Best Picture of the Year

Sean Baker
Chris Bergoch
Kevin Chinoy
Andrew Duncan
Alex Saks
Francesca Silvestri
Shih-Ching Tsou

Best Director

Sean Baker

Best Original Screenplay

Sean Baker & Chris Bergoch

Best Actress

Brooklynn Prince

Best Supporting Actor

Willem Dafoe

Best Supporting Actress

Bria Vinaite

Best Cinematography

Alexis Zabé

Best Production Design

Stephonik Youth
Kurt Thoresen

Best Film Editing

Sean Baker

Best Costume Design

Fernando A. Rodriguez

Best Sound Mixing

Sound Supervisor/ Re-recording Mixer
Coll Anderson

Best Sound Editing

Sound Supervisor/ Re-recording Mixer
Coll Anderson

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Department Head Makeup
Diana Thomas-Madison
Department Head Hair
Carol Raskin

Best Visual Effects

VFX Supervisor
Philippe Désiront