Festival Announces Winners for 2013

Stephen Frears's "Philomena" won the audience award for best narrative feature of the 2013 Hamptons International Film Festival.

The Hamptons International Film Festival announced their annual awards Monday morning at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church.

The festival’s Audience Awards went to Stephen Frears’s “Philomena,” a drama starring Dame Judi Dench, and “Desert Runners,” Jennifer Steinman’s documentary about the 4 Deserts Race Series of 150-mile ultramarathons. Irene Taylor Brodsky’s “One Last Hug (…And a Few Smooches): Three Days at Grief Camp” won the Audience Award for Best Short.

“The Selfish Giant,” directed by Clio Bernard, won the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award presented by The Wall Street Journal. Ryan McGarry’s “Code Black” earned the Golden Starfish Award for Best Documentary, presented by A&E Indie Films. The Golden Starfish Award for Best Short went to “Whale Valley,” directed by Gudmunder A. Gudmundsson. Conner Chapman won a Special Jury Prize for Extraordinary Performance in “The Selfish Giant,” while the ensemble cast of Shubhashish Bhutiani’s short “Kush” also earned a Special Jury Prize.

“The Square (Al Midan),” Jehane Noujaim’s documentary about the expectations and experiences of a group of protesters from Cairo’s Tahrir Square, won the Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice and an honorable mention for the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict & Resolution.

“Plot for Peace,” directed by Carlos Agullo and Mandy Jacobson, was awarded the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award prior to the festival. Also announced in advance of the festival was the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, which went to “Decoding Annie Parker,” directed by Steven Bernstein.

“Free Ride,” a narrative feature by Shana Betz, won the Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award. The Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award was earned by “Emptying the Skies,” a documentary by Douglas Kass and Roger Kass.

A recent addition to the festival’s awards is Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch. This years selections are Dane Dehaan, Scott Haze, Jack Huston, Oscar Isaac, Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, Tatiana Maslany, Lupita Nyong’o, David Oyelowo, and Léa Seydoux.

Jurors for the Golden Starfish Award Documentary Feature were Daniel Crown, Michael Halsband, and Nancy Gerstman. Karen Durbin, Alex Karpovsky, and Raul Esparza comprised the GSA Narrative Feature Jury.

"The Selfish Giant" won the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature award.
"Code Black" won the Golden Starfish for documentary.
"Desert Runners" won the Audience Award for best documentary.
Cam Gigandet and Anna Paquin in "Free Ride," winner of the Tangerine Entertainment Juice Award
Arnar chasing Ivar in "Whale Valley," winner of Golden Starfish Award for Short Films
Graffiti eye patches from "The Square," winner of the Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
Aaron Paul and Samantha Morton in "Decoding Annie Parker," winner of the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Jean-Yves Ollivier in "Plot for Peace," winner of the 2013 Brizzolara Famiy Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution