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And the Winners Are . . .

Tue, 10/17/2023 - 07:19
The Hamptons International Film Festival closed with a screening of "Maestro" and the announcement of its award winners, such as "20,000 Species of Bees."

The Hamptons International Film Festival announced its award winners on Friday, with Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren's "20,000 Species of Bees" chosen as this year's best narrative feature in competition. 

The same jury (Arianna Bocco, the former president of IFC Films; David Koepp, a director and screenwriter, and Matt Singer, chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle) also recognized Joanna Arnow's "The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed" with an honorable mention. 

"Tell Them You Love Me" by Nick August-Perna was the competing documentary feature chosen by Caryn Coleman, the Future of Film Is Female founder; Marie Therese Giurgis, a producer and head of documentary at Play/Action Pictures, and Carlos Sandoval, a Sundance award-winning filmmaker.  

In the shorts category, "Xiaohui and His Cows" by Xinying Lao snagged the best narrative short film distinction. "The Waiting" by Volker Schlech received the award for best documentary short film. 

Audiences chose "Fresh Kills" by Jennifer Esposito as the best narrative feature and "Angel Applicant" as best documentary feature. "Forgotten Founders: David Hempstead, Senior" by Sam Hamilton and Julian Alvarez and "Merv" by Sam Roebling tied for best short film.

Award winners were given a total of $124,000 in cash or goods and services this year. And the festival said it has awarded more than $5 million over the course of its 31 years.

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