As the 26th annual Hamptons International Film Festival comes to a close, this year’s winners are standing in the spotlight.
“All Good” (Alles Ist Gut), directed by Eva Trobisch, won the Award for Best Narrative Feature, sponsored by Netflix. Alexis Bloom’s “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” received the Award for Best Documentary Feature. “Fence” (Gardhi), directed by Lendita Zeqiraj, and “Guaxuma,” directed by Nara Normande, received the Award for Best Narrative Short Film and for Best Documentary Short Film, respectively. Both short films will qualify for Academy consideration, and all four films were directed by female filmmakers.
“We offer our sincere praise to this year’s winners and are thankful to all the films that participated in this year’s groundbreaking competition slate,” HIFF Artistic Director David Nugent said in a statement. “In a year in which all of our Screenwriters Lab participants were women, and our competition section was evenly split with 50/50 gender representation, it is great to see that the jury selected four films by female filmmakers.”
“Border” (Gräns), directed by Ali Abbasi, received a Special Jury Prize for acting for the two lead actors, Eva Melander and Eero Milonoff, and will be Sweden’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. “And Breathe Normally,” directed by Ísold Uggadóttir, was awarded the 2018 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, and a $5,000 cash prize.
“Cross My Heart,” directed by Sontenish Myers, was awarded the Vimeo Staff Pick Award, which included a $3,000 cash prize and Vimeo Staff Pick to winning film. Emily Anderson’s “Only the Wind is Listening” won the $3,000 Suffolk County Next Exposure Grant, a program that supports the completion of “high quality, original, director-driven, low-budget independent films from both emerging and established filmmakers who have completed 50 percent of principal photography within Suffolk County,” according to a press release.
“The Cat Rescuers,” directed by Rob Fruchtman and Steven Lawrence, was awarded the Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award, a $2,500 grant 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 Silence of Others,” directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, won the Victor Rabinowitz & Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice, annually 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,” according to the release, and accompanied by a $1,500 cash prize.
Terry Lawler — the outgoing, longtime executive director of NYWIFT — was presented with the “Industry Advocate for Women Award” from HIFF Executive Director Anne Chaisson, marking the inaugural presentation named to an industry advocate for women.
“The festival is very fortunate to have an astounding and dynamic team of hard-working staff and volunteers that keep the festival strong,” Chaisson said in a statement. “We are also very appreciative to all the donors, sponsors, film industry, and attendees, including filmmakers and talent that could join us this year to celebrate the latest and greatest of cinema.”
As previously announced, Alan Alda was honored with the “The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award,” presented by Alec Baldwin at the festival, and the 2018 Breakthrough Artists included Kayli Carter, Cory Michael Smith and Amandla Stenberg. The Audience Award, sponsored by Out East, will be announced tomorrow.
For more information, visit hamptonsfilmfest.org.