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The 21st Annual Hamptons International Film Festival Awards!

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The 21st Hamptons International Film Festival announced their audience, jury and special prizes at their awards ceremony from East Hampton. PHILOMENA and DESERT RUNNERS were honored with the Audience Awards for Narrative and Documentary, respectively. ONE LAST HUG (…AND A FEW SMOOCHES) THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP won the audience award for best short documentary. THE SELFISH GIANT, directed by Clio Barnard won The Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award presented by The Wall Street Journal. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary presented by A&E Indie Films was awarded to CODE BLACK, directed by Ryan McGarry. The Narrative Jury awarded a special jury prize for extraordinary performance to Conner Chapman for his performance in THE SELFISH GIANT. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Short presented by Doritos, was given to WHALE VALLEY, directed by Gudmundur A.Gudmundsson. The documentary jury also awarded a special prize to the ensemble cast of KUSH, directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani.


The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award has been awarded to FREE RIDE directed by Shana Betz. This award honors an outstanding female narrative filmmaker. An Honorable Mention went to Jehane Noujaim’s THE SQUARE, which has also been awarded The Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant award for social justice. This award is given to a film that most exhibits the values of peace, equality and global justice. Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award is presented to a film that raises public awareness about contemporary social issues, including the moral and ethical treatment and the rights of animals as well as environmental protection. This year the award has been presented to* *EMPTYING THE SKIES, directed by Douglas Kass and Roger Kass.


Prior to the Festival PLOT FOR PEACE, directed by Carlos Agullo and Mandy Jacobson, was awarded the 2013 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, presented in partnership with REACT to FILM. REACT which includes being a part of REACT to FILM’s “Influencer Series” in spring 2014 at a high profile cultural organization, as well as being featured across REACT to FILM’s College Action Network comprised of over 3 dozen campuses nationwide. Also previously announced was the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize,* *which was awarded to DECODING ANNIE PARKER by Steven Bernstein.


This year’s documentary feature jury was comprised of producer Daniel Crown, photographer and filmmaker Michael Halsband and Nancy Gerstman the co-founder of Zeitgeist Films. The narrative jury included Elle magazine’sfilm critic Karen Durbin, writer, director and actor Alex Karpovsky and Tony award nominated Raul Esparza. This year the Festival was honored to partner with *Variety* and British Academy of Film and Television on their special programs and tributes.


Anne Chaisson, Executive Director of The Hamptons International Film Festival, said “This year’s GSA competition line-up of incredible narrative, documentary and short films portray the enormity of global talent awaiting discovery. We are so proud to have showcased such unique and varied visions to our audiences.” Artistic Director David Nugent added “We are pleased to have showcased an incredible array of films this year with the range and depth of subject matters and craft. These winners truly reflect the festival’s mission to present some of the best films of the year and we are proud to share them with our audiences.”

Hamptons International Film Festival Congratulates These Winners!

Audience Award Narrative
Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears

Audience Award Documentary
Desert Runners, Jennifer Steinman

Audience Award Best Short
One Last Hug (….and a Few Smooches) Three Days at Grief Camp, directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky

The Wall Street Journal GSA Narrative Feature Winner
The Selfish Giant, directed by Clio Barnard

Special Jury Prize for Extraordinary Performance
Conner Chapman in Selfish Giant

GSA Documentary Feature Winner
Code Black, directed by Ryan McGarry

GSA Short
Whale Valley, directed by Gudmundur A.Gudmundsson

Special Jury Prize
Ensemble Cast of Kush, directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani

The Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
The Square “Al Midan” by Jehane Noujaim

The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award
Free Ride, directed by Shana Betz

The Jeremy Nussbaum Prize for Provocative Fiction
To be announced at a later date

Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award
Emptying The Skies, directed by Douglas Kass and Roger Kass

The 2013 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution,
presented in partnership with REACT to FILM

Plot for Peace by Carlos Agullo

Honorable Mention
The Square “Al Midan” by Jehane Noujaim

The 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Decoding Annie Parker by Steven Bernstein

GSA Documentary Feature Jury
Daniel Crown
Michael Halsband
Nancy Gerstman, Zeitgeist Films

GSA Narrative Feature Jury
Karen Durbin
Alex Karpovsky
Raul Esparza

2013 VARIETY 10 ACTORS T0 WATCH
Dane Dehaan – Kill Your Darlings
Scott Haze – Child of God
Jack Huston – Kill Your Darlings
Oscar Isaac – Inside Llewyn Davis
Michael B. Jordan – Fruitvale Station
Brie Larson – Short Term12
Tatiana Maslany – Picture Day
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years A Slave
David Oyelowo – Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Léa Seydoux – Blue Is The Warmest Color

About Our Local International Festival


Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate the Independent film – long, short, fiction and documentary – and to introduce a unique, varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to the public. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.


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