2017-08-23 / Front Page

Kew Gardens Festival Of Cinema Announces Award Winners At Inaugural Gala

The Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema announced the winners of its inaugural 10-day event that took place from August 4-13 at Kew Gardens Cinemas and Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, and at the Queens Museum in nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park. From a pool of nearly 400 film submissions, the festival presented over 150 remarkable films from 24 countries. Winners for each competitive category were chosen by the festival’s specially selected jury, and received a unique statuette at the Grand Awards Gala on Sunday, August 13 during a dinner ceremony that took place on the rooftop penthouse of the world-famous Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The jurors who selected the winners were: Rodney Ferrer, director of the critically acclaimed web series, “City of Mercy”; actress Marlene Forte (“Fear the Walking Dead,” “Dallas”); Sam Adelman, assistant editor on “Donnie Brasco,” “Practical Magic” and “Desperately Seeking Susan”; Tassos Rigopoulos, award-winning Forest Hills filmmaker and assistant professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College; Nicole Tsien, associate producer of the PBS multiple Emmy Award-winning documentary series, “POV”; and Allan Knee, writer of “Little Women” on Broadway and the film and stage versions of “Finding Neverland.”
And the winners are:
Best Feature Narrative: “Accidents”
Best Feature Documentary: “The Last Stop”
Best Short Narrative: “The Immaculate Misconception”
Best Short Documentary: “All Or Nothing”
Best Experimental/Animation: “One Way Town”
Audience Choice Award, Best Feature: “Second Spring”
Audience Choice Award, Best Short: “Language Is Dead”
Best Director: Zachary Raines, “Accidents”
Best Actress: Elaine Partnow, “Slipaway”
Best Actor: Jordi Vilasuso, “This Modern Man Is Beat”
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Center, “All I Want”
Best Supporting Actor: John Siciliani, “Accidents”
Best Screenplay: “Grand Unified Theory”
Best Cinematography: “Stanley, A Man Of Variety”
Best Editing: “Dark Meridian”
Best Sound Editing: “Streetwrite”
Best Makeup & FX: “Stanley, A Man Of Variety”

Photo Patrick Conti
(L. to r.); Mia Arfuso, Francesco Calogero, Rankin Hickman, Zachary Raines, John Siciliani, Jermaine Manigault and Erika Citrin.


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