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The 25th Hamptons International Film Festival Announces HIFF Award Winners For Best Narrative Feature + Best Documentary Feature!

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The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced their award winners at a ceremony in East Hampton.

UNDER THE TREE, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson won the Award for Best Narrative Feature. LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE, directed by Gustavo Salmerón, received the Award for Best Documentary Feature, sponsored by ID Films. DEKALB ELEMENTARY, directed by Reed Van Dyk, and EDITH + EDDIE, directed by Laura Checkoway, received the Award for Best Narrative Short Film and for Best Documentary Short Film, respectively.

COMMODITY CITY, directed by Jessica Kingdon, received an Honorable Mention for Documentary Short Film.

The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund Award was awarded to NOVITIATE, directed by Maggie Betts. This award honors an outstanding female narrative filmmaker.

WANDERLAND, directed by Josh Klausner, was awarded the Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant. This program supports the completion of high quality, original, director-driven, low-budget independent films from both emerging and established filmmakers who have completed 50% of principal photography within Suffolk County. The film was awarded a $3,000 grant.

HONDROS, directed by Greg Campbell, was awarded the 2017 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, sponsored by HighTower Sports and Entertainment.

THE LAST PIG, directed by Allison Argo, was awarded the Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award. This 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.

I AM EVIDENCE was presented with the Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice. The award was presented to directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir & producer Mariska Hargitay on Sunday, October 8th. The annual award is handed to a film that exemplifies the values of peace, equality, global justice and civil liberties, and is named after iconic civil rights lawyer Victor Rabinowitz and his wife Joanne Grant, an author, filmmaker and journalist. The award, which is accompanied by a cash prize of $1,500, is named in honor of two people who spent their entire lives fighting for those values.

As previously announced Julie Andrews was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition, Patrick Stewart was presented with Variety’s Creative Impact in Acting Award and Dick Cavett was honored with the inaugural “The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award” at the festival.

This year’s Narrative Jury was compromised of Eric Kohn, chief film critic and a deputy editor for Indiewire and chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle; actor Harris Yulin, who has starred in films including WANDERLAND (HIFF25), TRAINING DAY, SCARFACE, and television series Ozark and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; and producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg, who recently launched Stay Gold Features and has produced over 25 features, including PATTI CAKE, BEASTS OF NO NATION, HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. The Documentary Jury included Oscar®-nominated and Emmy®-winning producer Julie Goldman, founder of Motto Pictures, who has produced films including LIFE, ANIMATED and THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS, and executive produced WEINER and BEST OF ENEMIES; artist and ceramist Toni Ross, the founder of HIFF and the Founding Chair for five years; and director Roger Ross Williams, who is the first African American director to win an Oscar®, and who directed films including LIFE, ANIMATED and MUSIC BY PRUDENCE.
This year the Festival was honored to partner with Variety for the sixth time and the New York Film Critics Circle for the ninth year.


“This year’s lineup offered our audiences an opportunity to enter new cinematic worlds through thought-provoking, entertaining, stories,” said David Nugent, HIFF Artistic Director. “This anniversary year built on 25 years of programming and commitment to bringing the best in cinema from around the world to our audiences on the East end.”


“Our festival would not be possible without the passion and dedication of our brilliant staff and volunteers,” said Anne Chaisson, HIFF Executive Director. “We are so grateful to all the filmmakers and actors who joined us to bring powerful engagement to their stories, and to the donors and sponsors whose support made this 25th Anniversary festival a resounding success.”

The Hamptons International Film Festival Congratulates 2017 Winners

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature
UNDER THE TREE, directed by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson

HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature sponsored by ID Films
LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE, directed by Gustavo Salmerón

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film
DEKALB ELEMENTARY, directed by Reed Van Dyk

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film sponsored by ID Films
EDITH + EDDIE, directed by Laura Checkoway

Honorable Mention for Best Documentary Short Film sponsored by ID Films
COMMODITY CITY, directed by Jessica Kingdon

Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund Award
NOVITIATE, directed by Maggie Betts

Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant
WANDERLAND, directed by Josh Klausner

The 2017 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution
HONDROS, directed by Greg Campbell

The Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award: Dedicated to Those Who Suffer in Silence
THE LAST PIG, directed by Allison Argo

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
I AM EVIDENCE, Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir & producer Mariska Hargitay

And as previously announced:

Variety’s Creative Impact in Acting Award
Patrick Stewart

HIFF Lifetime Achievement Award
Julie Andrews

The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award
Dick Cavett

HIFF Narrative Feature Jury
Eric Kohn, chief film critic and a deputy editor for Indiewire and chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle
Harris Yulin, actor of WANDERLAND (HIFF25), TRAINING DAY, SCARFACE, Ozark and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Daniela Taplin Lundberg, producer of PATTI CAKE$, BEASTS OF NO NATION, HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT

HIFF Documentary Feature Jury
Julie Goldman, founder of Motto Pictures and producer of LIFE, ANIMATED and THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS, and executive producer of WEINER and BEST OF ENEMIES
Toni Ross, artist and ceramist and the founder of HIFF and the Founding Chair for five years
Roger Ross Williams, director of LIFE, ANIMATED and MUSIC BY PRUDENCE.

2017 VARIETY 10 ACTORS T0 WATCH
Hong Chau, INHERENT VICE, DOWNSIZING
Kiersey Clemons, DOPE, THE ONLY LIVING BOY IN NEW YORK, JUSTICE LEAGUE
Daveed Diggs, WONDER, Black-ish, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ali Fazal, VICTOR & ABDUL, FURIOUS 7, FUKREY, KHAMOSHIYAN
Daniel Kaluuya, GET OUT, BLACK PANTHER, WIDOWS
Barry Keoghan, DUNKIRK, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
Danielle Macdonald, PATTI CAKE$, LADY BIRD, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Kumail Nanjiani, THE BIG SICK, Silicon Valley
Grace Van Patten, THE MEYEROWITZ STORIES (NEW AND SELECTED), TRAMPS, UNDER THE SILVER LAKE


About Our Local International Festival


The 25th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival was held over Columbus Day Weekend – October 5th – 9th, 2017. HIFF is a year-round 501(c)3 non-profit organization with events, screenings, film workshops, comprehensive summer programs and an annual film festival each October. The Festival is the premiere film event on New York State’s east end, and is an intimate showcase of some of the year’s best offerings in contemporary cinema from around the world. With cash and in-kind prizes handed out totaling more than $200,000, HIFF continues to attract some of the best films of the year. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. Selections from all of our programs continue to play an important role during awards season. 2016 marked the 8th time in the last 9 years that a film at the Festival has become the eventual Best Picture winner at the Oscars®, making HIFF the only Festival on the East Coast with such a distinction. hamptonsfilmfest.org


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