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Oct 14, 2019 1:43 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

It's A Wrap! Winners Of The 27th Hamptons Film Festival Announced

From left, director Tom Dolby and Actress Lena Olin (
Oct 14, 2019 2:45 PM

The 27th Hamptons International Film Festival, presented by HamptonsFilm, announced its award winners at a ceremony in East Hampton on October 14. The 2019 festival, which ran October 10 to October 14 in East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Southampton, was dedicated to Michael Lynne, a HIFF board member for almost two decades, and Mark Urman a member of HIFF’s advisory board for 11 years, both of whom passed away earlier this year.

“A White, White Day,” directed by Hlynur Pálmason, won the award for Best Narrative Feature, “Overseas,” directed by Sung-a Yoon, received the award for Best Documentary Feature. “Just Me and You,” directed by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers received the award for Best Narrative Short Film, and “Ghosts of Sugarland,” directed by Bassam Tariq, won for Best Documentary Short Film. Both short films will qualify for Academy Awards consideration.

Narrative cinematographer Miguel Ioann Littin Menz received a Special Cinematography Award for his work on “The Vast of Night,” and “The Best of Dorien B.,” directed by Anke Blondé, a Breakthrough Achievement in Filmmaking Award. In addition, actors receiving Special Jury Mentions for Acting Performances were: Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir for “A White, White Day,” Mama Sane in “Atlantics,” Corinna Harfouch in “Lara,” Kim Snauwaert in “The Best of Dorien B.,” and Sierra McCormick in “The Vast of Night.”

Documentaries “Cunningham,” directed by Alla Kovgan, received a Special Jury Prize for Artistic Vision; “Talking About Trees,” directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari, a Special Jury Prize for Indomitable Spirit of Storytelling; “All Cats Are Grey in the Dark,” directed by Lasse Linder, a Special Jury Prize for Originality; and “The Nightcrawlers,” directed by Alexander A. Mora, a Special Jury Prize for Creative Filmmaking.

“For Sama,” directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts, was awarded the 2019 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award to Films of Conflict and Resolution, which is accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize.

“The Artist’s Wife,” directed by Tom Dolby, was awarded the Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant. This program supports the completion of high quality, low-budget independent films from both emerging and established filmmakers who have completed 50 percent of principal photography within Suffolk County. The film was awarded a $3,000 grant.

“Watson,” directed by Lesley Chilcott, 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. The film was awarded $2,500.

“Conscience Point” was presented with the Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice. The film is directed by Treva Wurmfeld. The annual award is for 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 is accompanied by a cash prize of $2,000, and is named in honor of two people who spent their lives fighting for those values.

The festival also announced the recipients of the University Film Awards, short films highlighting the talent and achievements of five exceptional students. Each will receive a $500 cash prize. Awardees include “Birch,” directed by Paisley Valentine Walsh (London Film School); “The Boxers of Brule,” directed by Jessie Adler (School of Visual Arts); “Fine,” directed by Maya Yadlin (“Minshar For Art” Film School); “Perfect Moment,” directed by Matthew Noydens (Luca School of Arts in Brussels); and “The United States of Paranoia or: How I stayed on the Line to Repair My Air Conditioner,” directed by Rashan Castro (Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema at Brooklyn College).

Legendary director Brian De Palma was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by HIFF Co-Chairman Alec Baldwin at the festival, and artist and HIFF co-founder and founding Chairman of the Board Toni Ross was honored with the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award on opening night by Baldwin and additional HIFF Co-Chairman Randy Mastro. The 2019 Breakthrough Artists included Aldis Hodge (“Clemency”), Camila Morrone (“Mickey and the Bear”), and Lulu Wang (“The Farewell”).

“As we close out the 27th edition of the festival, we are thrilled to announce this year’s awardees. We are in awe of these films and the talented filmmakers behind each of them,” said David Nugent, artistic director of HamptonsFilm. “This year brought an abundance of captivating films with wide-ranging topics and engaging conversations.”

“We are proud of all the incredible premieres, screenings and events over the past five days for the 27th Hamptons International Film Festival,” added HamptonsFilm executive director Anne Chaisson. “We are thankful to all of the filmmakers for sharing their extraordinary films and talents with our audience, and also wish to extend sincere gratitude to our staff, sponsors and film loving community, without whom the festival would not be possible.”



Hamptons International Film Festival 2019 winners at a glance

Best Narrative Feature

“A White, White Day” directed by Hlynur Pálmason

Best Documentary Feature

“Overseas” directed by Sung-a Yoon

Best Narrative Short Film

“Just Me and You” directed by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers

Best Documentary Short Film

“Ghosts of Sugar Land” directed by Bassam Tariq

Special Cinematography Award

Miguel Ioann Litten Menz for “The Vast of Night”

Breakthrough Achievement in Filmmaking Award

“The Best of Dorien B.” directed by Anke Blondé

Special Jury Mentions for Acting Performances

Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir in “A White, White Day”

Mama Sane in “Atlantics”

Corinna Harfouch in “Lara”

Kim Snauwaert in “The Best of Dorien B.”

Sierra McCormick in “The Vast of Night”

Special Jury Prize for Artistic Vision

“Cunningham” directed by Alla Kovgan

Special Jury Prize for Indomitable Spirit of Storytelling

“Talking About Trees” directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari

Special Jury Prize for Originality

“All Cats are Grey in the Dark” directed by Lasse Linder

Special Jury Prize for Creative Filmmaking

“The Nightcrawlers” directed by Alexander A. Mora

The 2019 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award to Films of Conflict and Resolution

“For Sama” directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts

Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant

“The Artist’s Wife” directed by Tom Dolby

The Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award

“Watson” directed by Lesley Chilcott

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice

“Conscience Point” directed by Treva Wurmfeld

University Short Film Awards

“Birch” directed by Paisley Valentine Walsh

“The Boxers of Brule” directed by Jessie Adler

“Fine” directed by Maya Yadlin

“Perfect Moment” directed by Matthew Noydens

“The United States of Paranoia or: How I Stayed on the Line to Repair My Air Conditioner” directed by Rashan Castro

Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian De Palma

The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award

Toni Ross

2019 Breakthrough Artists

Aldis Hodge, Camila Morrone, Lulu Wang

For more information about the Hamptons International Film Festival and HamptonsFilm, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.



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