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Murina directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
Murina directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović

Murina directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović took the Best Narrative Feature prize at the 2021 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) with Ascension directed by Jessica Kingdon winning the prize for Best Documentary Feature.

“Being able to once again experience the power of cinema on a big screen with audiences was incredible and something that was dearly missed within our community,” said David Nugent, HamptonsFilm Artistic Director. “We are so thankful to all of the filmmakers and artists who allowed us to showcase their films.”

The 2021 Hamptons International Film Festival screened 61 films from 34 countries, with 53% of this year’s films directed by women, and 36% directed by filmmakers of color.

2021 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) Award Winners

COMPETITION AWARDS

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE

MURINA
Directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
US Premiere | Croatia/Brazil/USA/Slovenia | 2021

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

ASCENSION
Directed by Jessica Kingdon | USA | 2021

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT

EGÚNGÚN (MASQUERADE)
Directed by Olive Nwosu
US Premiere | Nigeria/UK | 2021

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

IN FLOW OF WORDS
Directed by Eliane Esther Bots
Netherlands | 2021

ADDITIONAL AWARDS

THE PETER MACGREGOR SCOTT MEMORIAL AWARD: $10,000

BAD OMEN
Directed by Salar Pashtoonyar
New York Premiere | Canada/Afghanistan | 2020

BRIZZOLARA FAMILY FOUNDATION AWARD FOR FILMS OF CONFLICT & RESOLUTION: $5,000

PAPER & GLUE
A JR Project
Documentary Feature | France/USA | 2021

SUFFOLK COUNTY NEXT EXPOSURE GRANT – $3,000

GOOD GRIEF
Directed by Nastasya Popov
East Coast Premiere | Narrative Short | USA | 2020

THE ZELDA PENZEL GIVING VOICE TO THE VOICELESS AWARD – $2,500

COW
Directed by Andrea Arnold
East Coast Premiere | Documentary Feature | UK | 2021

NEW YORK WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION AWARDS

NYWIFT EXCELLENCE IN NARRATIVE FILMMAKING: $1,000

QUEEN OF GLORY
Directed by Nana Mensah
2021 | USA

NYWIFT EXCELLENCE IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING: $1,000

INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR
Directed by Rachel Fleit
2021 | USA

VICTOR RABINOWITZ & JOANNE GRANT AWARD FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: $2,000

PAPER & GLUE
A JR Project
Documentary Feature | 2021 | France/USA

UNIVERSITY FILM AWARDS: $500 EACH

BAD OMEN dir. Salar Pashtoonyar (York University)
BUZZKILL dir. Kathy E. Mitrani (Columbia University)
NEURIM dir. Shaylee Atary (Steve Tisch School of Film & Television, Tel Aviv University)
UN DIABLE DANS LA POCHE dir. Antoine Bonnet, Mathilde Loubes (GOBELINS, l’école de l’Image)
WAVELENGTHS dir. Jessie Zinn (Stanford University)

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