The 12th Anniversary Woodstock Film Festival which began Wednesday, Sept. 21st, will close Sunday September 25th, 2011, held its Maverick Awards Ceremony last night at the historic Backstage Studio Productions in Kingston, NY.

A special Tribute to Gary Winick was included in the ceremony, to honor the filmmaker and pioneering producer who passed away in February of this year from brain cancer at the age of 49.


The Lee Marvin Award for BEST FEATURE NARRATIVE: On The Ice, Dir. Andrew O. MacLean.

The Maverick Award for BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: Semper Fi: Always Faithful, Dir: Tony Hardmon & Rachel Libert (Winner), Skateistan: Four Wheels and a Board in Kabul, Dir: Kai Sehr (Honorable Mention) and Dolphin Boy, Dir: Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir (Honorable Mention).

The Maverick Award for BEST ANIMATION: Luminaris, Dir. Juan Pablo Zaramella.

The Diane Seligman Award for BEST SHORT NARRATIVE: We’re Leaving, Dir. Zachary Treitz (Winner), Block, Dir. Chadd Harbold (Honorable Mention).

The Diane Seligman Award for BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM: The Recorder Exam, Dir. Bora Kim (Winner), Manhattan Melody, Dir: Sasha Gordon (Runner Up), Babyland, Dir: Marc Fatello (Honorable Mention), Bayou Black, Dir. Jonas Carpignano (Honorable Mention), Gravity, Dir. Pamela Romanowsky (Honorable Mention).

The Diane Seligman Award for BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY: Poetry of Resilience, Dir: Katja Esson (Winner), The Thing That Happened, Dir. Andrew Walton (Honorable Mention).

The Haskell Wexler Award for BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: On The Ice, Director of Photography: Lol Crawley (Winner)

James Lyons Award for BEST EDITING of a FEATURE NARRATIVE: Tilt, Kostadin Kostadinov, Zorica Nikolova (Winners), 96 Minutes, Aram Nigoghossian (Honorable Mention).

James Lyons Award for BEST EDITING of a FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: Bombay Beach, Alma Har’el, Joe Lindquist (Winners), Semper Fi: Always Faithful, Purcell Carson (Honorable Mention)

The James Lyons Awards for BEST EDITING were presented by accomplished editors Sabine Hoffman, Sabine Krayenbuhl, and Doug Abel.

HONORARY TRAILBLAZER AWARD: CEO of The Creative Coalition Robin Bronk.

HONORARY MAVERICK AWARD: Director Tony Kaye (American History X).

MEERA GANDHI GIVING BACK AWARD: Actor Mark Ruffalo (Reservation Road, The Kids Are All Right).

EXCELLENCE IN ACTING AWARD: Actor Ellen Barkin (Another Happy Day, Sea of Love).

Audience awards in both Best Feature Narrative and Best Feature Documentary will be announced Sunday night Sept 25.

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