Hamptons Film Festival Announces Jury Awards, Special Prizes

Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem - P 2014
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'Little Accidents,' 'Virunga' and 'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem' were among the titles that received multiple honors.

The Hamptons Film Festival has announced the first batch of its awards, handing out the jury awards and other special prizes on Monday.

The Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award was presented to Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary went to The Special Need, directed by Carlo Zoratti. The Best Documentary Short Film Award went to The Queen (La Reina), directed by Manuel Abramovich.

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Ronit Elkabetz also won a special jury prize for Oustanding Performance by an actress in a film. Meanwhile, the narrative jury also gave Little Accidents' Jacob Lofland the Most Promising Performance by a Newcomer award and awarded Breathe's Arnaud Potier an award for Evocative Cinematography. David Formentin's Tzniut has also won an award for raising awareness of a socially relevant issue. Little Accidents director Sara Colangelo also won the Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award, given to an outstanding female narrative filmmaker.

The documentary jury awarded a special prize to This is My Land's Tamara Erde for her achievement in visionary filmmaking. Velvet Terrorists' Pavol Pekarcík, Ivan Ostrochovsky and Peter Kerekes also received a special mention for artistic merit. The short film Once Upon a Tree was also given an award for artistic merit.

Virunga won two awards: The Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for social justice and the Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award, which is given to a film that raises public awareness about contemporary social issues, including the moral and ethical treatment and rights of animals as well as environmental protection.

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The Duke of Burgundy's Peter Strickland won the Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award, which recognizes an emerging filmmaker who is a creative risk taker and is fearlessly dedicated to their craft. Lou Howe's Gabriel also won the Suffolk County Next Exposure Award.

The narrative jury consisted of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Patrick Harrison, Vanity Fair contributing editor Ingrid Sischy and photographer Bruce Weber. The documentary feature jury included New York Film Critics Circle chair Stephen Whitty, East Hampton Star editor David Rattray and Candescent Films founder Lilly Hartley.

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"We are so delighted with the warm response that this year's line up has received. We continue to be impressed with both our diverse and talented filmmakers who shared their work with us, as well as our impassioned audiences, " artistic director David Nugent said in a statement.

The festival's executive director Anne Chaisson added: "We have had a rousing five days of engaging, creative and inspiring new voices in cinema. I am so proud of our programming team and the entire staff of the festival and their hard work to make this a successful 22nd year."

The Hamptons film festival will announce its audience awards on Tuesday morning, following Monday night's closing film.