Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling took home the audience award at last weekend’s Hamptons International Film Festival. La La Land, which is an Oscar frontrunner in several categories, previously won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival, which is often a barometer of future Academy Award nominations.
Other audience award winners, handed out on Tuesday, included Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, which received the audience award for documentary feature, and Orlando von Einsiedel’s The White Helmets, which won the audience award for best short film.
On Monday, the festival handed out several other awards in various categories. Noteworthy award winners at that ceremony included Otto Bell’s The Eagle Huntress, which was named best documentary feature, sponsored by ID Films; and Bryan Cranston- and Jennifer Garner-starrer Wakefield, directed by Robin Swicord, which earned the Tangerine Entertainment Juice Fund Award, recognizing an outstanding female narrative filmmaker.
Glory, directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, won best narrative feature, presented by The Wall Street Journal. The Silence, directed by Ali Asgari and Farnoosh Samadi, and Irregulars, directed by Fabio Palmieri, received the awards for best narrative and documentary short films, respectively.
Jake Honig’s Black Swell won the $3,000 Suffolk County Next Exposure grant, which supports the completion of low-budget indie movies from filmmakers who have completed 50 percent of principal photography in Suffolk County, N.Y.
Disturbing the Peace, directed by Stephen Apkon and Andrew Young, received the 2016 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a film of conflict and resolution.
Unlocking the Cage, directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, was bestowed the Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award, presented to a film that raises awareness about contemporary social issues, including the treatment and rights of animals and environmental protection.
This year’s Hamptons International Film Festival ran from Oct. 6-10 and screened 125 films from around the world.
Last year’s audience award winner at the fest was Brie Larson-starrer Room.
For the past six years, HIFF has been the only East Coast film festival to have screened the eventual best picture winner at the Oscars.