Sanctuary directed by Andrea Cordoba
Sanctuary directed by Andrea Cordoba

Brooklyn Film Festival’s 22nd edition: THE GATHERING, wrapped on Sunday with Sanctuary directed by Andrea Cordoba picking up the coveted best of the fest Grand Chameleon Award. Anas Tolba’s Between Two Seas won Best Narrative Feature and Andrea Cordoba’s Sanctuary took home the award for Best Feature Documentary.

“When 133 talented young filmmakers coming from every corner of the planet meet with an audience that craves and needs a truly independent point of view, in a New York context that respects and glorifies freedom of speech, religion and assembly, chances are it’s a BFF Gathering,” said Marco Ursino, Brooklyn Film Festival Executive Director.

This year’s festival was comprised of 133 features and shorts from over 30 countries spread over six continents. The lineup included 37 world premieres, 15 USA bows, 29 east coast debuts and 34 first-time screenings in NY. In addition to the 13 narrative features and 10 documentary features, the festival presented 39 short narrative films, 23 short documentaries, 28 animated films and 20 experimental projects.

And the winners are:

GRAND CHAMELEON AWARD Sanctuary by Andrea Cordoba

Best Narrative Feature – Dir. Anas Tolba for the film Between Two Seas

Best Documentary Feature – Dir. Andrea Cordoba for the film Sanctuary

Best Narrative Short -Dir. Nishtha Jain & Deepti Gupta for the film Proof

Best Documentary Short – Dir. Lisa Rideout for the film One Leg In, One Leg Out

Best Animation – Dir. Sarah Van Den Boom for the film Raymonde or the Vertical Escape

Best Experimental – Dir. Bat-Sheva Guez for the film In This Life

Spirit Awards

Feature Narrative – Dir. Richard Levien for the film Collisions

Feature Documentary – Dir. Mariah Wilson for the film Silent Forests

Short Documentary – Dir. Elivia Shaw for the film The Clinic

Short Narrative – Dir. Sophie Thouvenin for the film Tracks

Experimental – Dir. Camille De Galbert for the film Rosie Rose

Animation – Dir. Malihe Gholamzadeh for the film Tangle

Best Brooklyn Project – Dir. Savannah Magruder for the film Debbie Does Dilators.

Audience Awards

Feature NarrativeAbove The Shadows by Claudia Myers

Feature Documentary Reggae Boyz by Till Schauder

Short NarrativeOuter Space Love Story by Iva Gocheva

Short DocumentaryEthan 2018 by Alexis Neophytides

ExperimentalRemission by John Charter

AnimationFridge by Eugene Kolb

Certificates of Achievement

Best New Director Award – Dustin Feneley for the film Stray

Best Producer Award – Sarah Pirozek for the film #LIKE

Best Screenplay Award – Mariam Naoum for the film Between Two Seas

Best Cinematography Award – Sol Miraglia for the film Luisita Photo Studio

Best Editing Award – Ash Watson for the film Use Me

Best Style Award – Saskia Rifkin for the film MAD?

Best Original Score Award – Composer Bevano Est for the film Only Good Things

Best Actor Female – Mollie Cowen for the film 3 Sleeps

Best Actor Male – Jesse Garcia for the film Collisions

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