The 10-day Festival of Cinema NYC kicked off on August 2 at the Regal Cinemas’s UA Midway in Forest Hills. It showcased more than 125 local and international independent films.
Throughout the festival, the Festival of Cinema NYC partnered up with several organizations to provide a local experience immersed in film culture. The Queens Library Forest Hills Branch hosted five days of special screenings, presentations and workshops.
Over at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, non-profit organizations Arte East and the Asian American Film Club presented work from their respective organizations. The Festival of Cinema NYC also presented The NYC Indie Film Collective Filmmaking Challenge midway through the festival week.
The films, selected from a shortlist of 425 films, fall under categories such as Narrative Features, Documentaries, Short Films, Web Series and Animation, Experimental and Music Videos.
Winners for each competitive category were chosen by the festival’s specially selected jury, and received a unique statuette at the Awards Gala on August 11.
Prizes for selected categories included full software from Final Draft, Jungle Software and Showbiz Media Budget & Scheduling Software. Winners of Audience Choice award were offered an opt-in distribution deal from IndiePix Films.
And the winners are: Best Feature Narrative: “Quest - The Truth Always Rises” (Dir. Santiago Rizzo)
Best Documentary: “The Ringmaster” (Dir. Molly Dworsky and Dave Newberg)
Best Short Film: “The Adulterer” (Dir. Bobby Yan)
Best Experimental/Animation/Music Video: “Face” (Dir. Masa Gibson)
Best Web Series: “Tom and The Domme” (Dir. Keith Marlin)
Audience Choice Award, Feature: “We Were All Nobody’s” (Dir. Charles Caracciolo)
Audience Choice Award, Short: “Bristled” (Dir. Scott Farrell)
Best Director: Esmé von Hoffman (“Ovid and the Art of Love”)
Best Actress: Meissa Hampton (“Full Moon and High Tide”)
Best Actor: John DiMino (“Over the Threshold”)
Best Supporting Actress: Rocio Mendez (“Coffee and a Donut”)
Best Supporting Actor: Bruce Herman (“The Song of Her”)
Best Screenplay: Justin C. Hynous and Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad (“My Soul To Keep”)
Best Cinematography: Adam Richlin (“Keylight”)
Best Editing: Patrick Devaney and Matthew J. Kaplan (“It’s Time For Tea”)
Best Sound Editing: Eric Paperth and Tyler March (“Rocks! The Musical”)
Best Makeup & FX: Apollonia Tolo (“Rwanda”)
NYC Indie Film Collective 72-Hour Short Film Challenge
Winner: Team 11 - “Friends” (Dir. Olivia Chen)
Awarded $500.00 from Maspeth Federal Saving Bank