'Room,' 'Where to Invade Next' Win Audience Awards at Hamptons Film Fest

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'Room'

Other winners included Iceland's best foreign-language film Oscar submission, 'Rams'; the documentary 'Missing People'; and 'Suffragette.'

Room and Where to Invade Next won the audience awards for narrative and documentary feature at this weekend's 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival, it was announced on Wednesday, two days after the festival concluded. The audience award for best short film, also announced Wednesday, went to All-American Family.

"We are so pleased with the dedication of our filmgoers to consistently vote for their favorite films each year. Our audience award winners are indicators of the level of films we are able to bring to the festival each year," HIFF artistic director David Nugent said in a statement.

The past two audience award narrative feature winners — Philomena in 2013 and The Imitation Game in 2014 — have gone on to receive multiple Oscar nominations, including nominations for best picture.

On Monday, HIFF announced many of its award winners, with Iceland's best foreign-language film Oscar submission, Rams, and the documentary Missing People taking home the top prizes.

Rams, directed by Grimur Hakonarson won the award for best narrative feature presented by The Wall Street Journal. Missing People, directed by David Shapiro, won the best documentary feature award, sponsored by ID Films.

As for short films, Over, directed by Jorn Threlfall, and Last Day of Freedom, directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, won the awards for best narrative and documentary short, respectively.

Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan's Suffragette, about the women who risked their lives to fight for equality in the U.K.'s suffragette movement in the early 1900s, which was directed by Sarah Gavron, won the Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund award, which recognizes an outstanding female narrative filmmaker.

Embrace of the Serpent, directed by Ciro Guerra, received the honorable mention for narrative feature and Patriot, directed by Eva Riley, received the honorable mention for narrative short film. Chuck Norris vs. Communism, directed by Ilinca Calugareanu, received the honorable mention for documentary feature.

The narrative jury comprised actor Josh Charles, screenwriter Michael H. Weber and Weinstein Co. exec Dan Guando. The documentary feature jury consisted of New York Film Critics Circle chair Marshall Fine, chef Bobby Flay and Conde Nast Entertainment consultant Sarah Lash.

"Our aspiration for the festival has always been to highlight the importance of diversity in film and support emerging talent in the industry," Nugent said in a statement on Monday. "We are incredibly proud of this year’s lineup and having had achieved these goals once again."

HIFF executive director Anne Chaisson added, "This year’s line-up celebrated innovative and captivating films across a range of genres and formats. I am incredibly proud of our programming team and the entire staff, who have worked so passionately to make this a wildly successful 23rd year. We look forward to next year."

A full list of the 2015 HIFF award winners follows.

The Wall Street Journal HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature
Rams, directed by Grimur Hakonarson
 
Honorable Mention for Narrative Feature
Embrace of the Serpent, directed by Ciro Guerra
 
HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature sponsored by ID Films
Missing People, directed by David Shapiro
 
Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature
Chuck Norris Vs. Communism, directed by Ilinca Calugareanu
 
The Wall Street Journal HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film
Over, directed by Jorn Threlfall
 
Honorable Mention for Narrative Short Film
Patriot, directed by Eva Riley
 
HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film sponsored by ID Films
Last Day of Freedom, directed by Dee Hibbert-Jones, Nomi Talisman
 
Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
The Uncondemned, directed by Michele Mitchell, Nick Louvel
 
Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund Award
Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron
 
Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant
When I Live My Life Over Again, directed by Robert Edwards
 
And as previously announced:

The 2015 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution
The Uncondemned, directed by Michele Mitchell, Nick Louvel
 
The Zelda Penzel "Giving Voice to the Voiceless" Award: Dedicated to Those Who Suffer in Silence
The Champions, directed by Darcy Dennett

Aug. 14, 1:54 p.m. This story has been updated to include the 2015 audience award winners.

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