NY Expo Winners; New President Elected for Vienna Film Fest
Compiled by Anthony Kaufman
>> 32nd Annual New York Expo of Short Film and Video Announces Award Winners
The New York Film Expo of Short Film and Video, which ran from December
2-6, announced their award-winning films at a ceremony Sunday evening at
the New School’s Tishman Auditorium. The awards were given according to
category. The award for best animated film was given to Andrey Zolothuin
from Russia for “Babushka.” Best Animated Debut was Steven Subotnick’s
“Hairyman” (USA). The Best Experimental Film went to “Egypt” by Kathrin
Resetarits (Austria), while the Best Experimental Debut was given to
“Silent Weapon, Quiet War” by Gregory Malena (USA).
The award for best documentary was given to “Bread Day” by Sergei
Dvortsevoy (Russia) and best documentary debut to “Rat Women” by Minkie
Spiro (UK). Best Fiction Film went to “A Glance Apart” by Hyoe Yamamoto
(NYU Grad Film, USA). There was no best debut film in the Fiction
category, because all the films and videos featured were first films.
Each category also had a Silver and Bronze award winner.
In addition to these awards, which were decided by a distinguished
panel, there were three special awards. Two Kodak Awards of $500 in film
stock, for excellence in cinematography, went to “In the Course of Human
Events” by Dominic Angerame (USA) and “The Wager” by Aaron Woodley
(Canada). The Barbizon Lighting Award for excellence in lighting design
went to “Second Bakery Attack” by Wolf Bauschung (NYU Grad School, USA).
Three Open-I-Media Awards of free instruction on state-of-the-art
editing systems went to “In Your Quiet Little Way” by Taryn Fitzgerald
(USA), “Physical Pinball” by David Green (USA), and “One Self: Fish
Girl” by Emily Hubley (USA).
>> New President Elected for Vienna Film Fest
The Viennale, Vienna’s International Film Festival, elected a new
President last week, an American. Eric Pleskow, former President of
United Artists and Orion Pictures, will oversee the 36-year-old festival
as President, a governmental and completely non-curative position. In
years past, the City Counsillor of Cultural Affairs has automatically
been assigned President of the Viennale, but Cultural Affairs minister
Peter Marboe declined all such positions. Pleskow is Viennese by birth,
but emigrated to the United States in 1939. During his tenure at United
Artists, Pleskow oversaw such Academy award-winning films as “Marty“
(1955), “Midnight Cowboy” (1969), “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest“
(1975) and “Annie Hall” (1977). In 1978, he left United Artists to form
Orion Pictures. This year, Pleskow received the CineMerit Award from
the Munich Film Festival. [Anthony Kaufman]