'Philomena' Wins Audience Award at Hamptons Film Fest

"Philomena"
"Philomena"
 

Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears, won the audience award for narrative film at the Hamptons International Film Festival, it was announced today. Desert Runners received the audience award for documentary.

The Weinstein Company plans a Thanksgiving release in the U.S. of Philomena, a British adult dramedy starring Judi Dench.

The 21st annual event also awarded jury and special prizes for narrative and documentary feature films and shorts.

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One Last Hug (…And a Few Smooches) Three Days at Grief Camp won the audience award for best documentary short.

Clio Barnard's Selfish Giant won the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award, presented by The Wall Street Journal. Ryan McGarry's Code Black won the Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary, presented by A&E Indie Films.

The narrative jury awarded a special prize for extraordinary performance to Selfish Giant's Conner Chapman.

The documentary jury also gave a special prize to the ensemble cast of Shubhashish Bhutiani's Kush.

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The narrative jury included Girls' Alex Karpovsky, Raul Esparza and Elle film critic Karen Durbin. The documentary jury included producer Daniel Crown, photographer and filmmaker Michael Halsband and Zeitgeist Films co-founder Nancy Gerstman.

The Golden Starfish Award for best short, presented by Doritos, was given to Whale Valley.

The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award, which honors an outstanding female narrative filmmaker, was given to Free Ride, directed by Shana Betz.

Several awards were announced prior to the festival: Plot for Peace won the 2013 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, The Square won The Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant award for social justice, Emptying the Skies won the Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award, presented to a film that raises awareness of social issues, and Decoding Annie Parker won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize.

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The full list of award winners is below.

HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS:

Audience Award Narrative
Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears

Audience Award Documentary
Desert Runners, Jennifer Steinman

Audience Award Best Short
One Last Hug (....and a Few Smooches) Three Days at Grief Camp, directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky

The Wall Street Journal GSA Narrative Feature Winner
Selfish Giant, directed by Clio Barnard

Special Jury Prize for Extraordinary Performance to Conner Chapman in Selfish Giant

GSA Documentary Feature Winner
Code Black, directed by Ryan McGarry

GSA Short
Whale Valley, directed by Gudmundur A.Gudmundsson

Special Jury Prize to Ensemble Cast of Kush, directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani

The Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
The Square "Al Midan" by Jehane Noujaim

The Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award
Free Ride, directed by Shana Betz

The Jeremy Nussbaum Prize for Provocative Fiction
To be announced at a later date

Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award
Emptying The Skies, directed by Douglas Kass and Roger Kass

And as previously announced:
The 2013 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution, presented in partnership with REACT to FILM
Plot for Peace by Carlos Agullo

Honorable Mention: The Square "Al Midan" by Jehane Noujaim

The 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Decoding Annie Parker by Steven Bernstein

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