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HIFF Announces Awards

Originally Posted: October 11, 2010

East Hampton - The Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) announced their audience, jury and special prizes at their awards ceremony. Tom Hooper's "The King's Speech" and Jill Andresevic's "Love, Etc." take the audience awards honored tonight among the film industries finest.

"Mamas and Papas," directed by Alice Nellis, was selected by the jury as the winner of The Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award. The Documentary Golden Starfish went to Aaron Schock's "Circo."

"Mamas and Papas" also took home the Zicherman Screenplay Award. Another winner in the Narrative category, Xavier Dolan's "Heartbeats" took the Kodak Award for Best Cinematography. The festival's Brizzolara Family Conflict and Resolution Award was presented to Lisa Gossel's "My So Called Enemy."

Special awards went to "The House of Suh," directed by Iris Shim, which was the winner of the Investigation Discovery Award for Excellence in Journalism, and "No Tomorrow," directed by Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth, which took the inaugural Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice. The 2nd Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award went to Cam Archer's "Shit Year."

National Public Radio's Bonnie Grice presented awards at East Hampton's Guild Hall, along with New York Film Critics John Anderson, Armond White, David Edelstein and Jurors Carter Burwell and Amir Bar-Lev.

Also announced were the Babelgum jury award winners, who were awarded cash prizes. The Jury Award Winners screened during the festival as part of the festival's focus on Animation, which included a partnership with the Babelgum Animatron Animation festival.

"Our festival brought such a variety of films to our audience in the Hamptons and this year's winners reflect the diversity of voices that we strive to highlight. As we continue to host more and more film lovers from around the world, we are grateful for the support of the Hampton's community as the foundation of the festival", says Executive Director Karen Arikian. "There has been a very special feeling around this year's festival and we have the filmmakers to thank for that," says Director of Programming David Nugent. Their films have delighted, charmed and challenged our audiences and we are honored that they shared their visions with us."

HIFF congratulates the winners:

 • "King's Speech" - Audience Award Narrative - Award collected by director Tom Hooper.

 • "Love, Etc." - Audience Award Documentary - Award collected by director Jill Andresevic.

 • "Mamas and Papas" - Narrative Jury Winner, Zicherman Screenplay Winner - Awards collected by producer Jefe Brown.

 • "Circo" - Documentary Jury Winner - Award collected by director Aaron Schock.

 • "My So Called Enemy" - Conflict and Resolution Jury winner - Award collected by director Lisa Gossels.

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 • Short Film Winner - Award collected by director J.J. Adler.

 • "Born Sweet" - The festival will accept the award on behalf of the filmmaker Cynthia Wade.

 • "The House of Suh" - Winner of the Investigation Discovery Award for Excellence in Journalism - Award collected by Director Iris Suh.

 • "No Tomorrow" - Winner of the Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice - Award collected by Directors Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth.

The Bablegum Winning Films

Fantasy Category

 • Jury Award Winner $2,500 - "This Is J03," "Once Were Farmers" (U.K.).

 • Runner-up $500 - "Noesis," Sophie Klevenow, Germany/U.K.).

Humor Category

 • Jury Award Winner $2,500 - "Pigeon Impossible," Lucas Martell (U.S.).

 • Runner-Up $500 - "Ant & Len," Jon Marsh and Duncan Raitt (U.K.).

Minis Category

 • Jury Award Winner $2,500 - "Dog Judo: Meat Sprinkles," Dave Anderson (U.K.).

 • Runner-up $500 - "Knit'N'Purl," Rhiannon Evans (U.K.).

Real Life Category

 • Jury Award Winner $2,500 - "Prayers for Peace," Dustin Grella (U.S.).

 • Runner-up $500 - "How to Animate," Jordan Wood (U.K.).

 • Grand Jury Award Winner $5,000 - "Coalition of the Willing," Knife Party (U.K.).

About HIFF
The 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.

The Hamptons International Festival headquarters are located at the beautiful c/o The Maidstone Hotel on Main Street in East Hampton.

HIFF greatly appreciates the support from their corporate sponsors, which include Altour International, American Airlines, Lexus, The Wall Street Journal, Vector Media, Babelgum, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, Easy Scent Lampe Berger and Nice Shoes among many others.

About Babelgum
The Babelgum Animatron Animation Film Festival celebrates the very best in independent animated short filmmaking, and drew over 200 international submissions for its inaugural 2010 competition. Approximately 10 films in each of four categories – Fantasy, Humor, Minis, and Real Life – were short listed and made eligible for cash prizes totaling $17,000. The Jury Award–winning films, and screened at the Hamptons International Film Festival, can be viewed at www.babelgum.com/animatron and on the Babelgum mobile application (www.babelgum.com/mobile). Entries to the Animatron competition came from more than two dozen countries, including Albania, Taiwan, Greece, India, Spain, Russia, Romania, Poland, Japan, Germany, Canada, Italy, Brazil, the U.S., and the U.K.

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