Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal’s feature “Stranger Things” and Jeff Malmberg’s doc “Marwencol” took top prizes Saturday evening at the 11th Woodstock Film Festival. Emceed by Oscar-nominated writer/director and Woodstock resident Ron Nyswaner (“Philadelphia”), the Gala Maverick Awards ceremony also honored writer/director Bruce Beresford (“Mao’s Last Dancer”) with its Honorary Maverick Award, veteran film distributor Bob Berney with the festival’s Honorary Trailblazer Award, and actor Keanu Reeves, who received the festival’s Honorary Excellence in Acting Award.
Of note, Berney was recently named President of Theatrical Distribution of the recently unveiled new outfit, FilmDistrict.
In other Woodstock prizes, Anthony Sheppard’s “Music Scene” won the award for Best Animation, while John Cohen’s “Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy Kentucky” took Best Short Documentary. “Hirosaki Players” by Jeff Sausa won Best Short Narrative and Xavier Liberman and Franck Rabel won Best Cinematography for “Inuk,” directed by Mike Magidson.
The full list of winners from the 11th Woodstock Film Festival, with information provided by the festival:
Lee Marvin Best Feature Narrative Award: “Stranger Things,” directed by Eleanor Burke and Ron Eyal
Honorable Mention: “3 Backyards,” directed by Eric Mendelsohn
Maverick Award for Best Feature Documentary: “Marwencol,” directed by Jeff Malmberg
Maverick Award for Best Animation: “Music Scene,” directed by Anthony Sheppard
Honorable Mention: “Down to the Bone,” directed by Peter Ahern
The Diane Segilman Award for Best Short Documentary: “Roscoe Holcomb: From Daisy Kentucky,” directed by John Cohen
The Diane Seligman Award for Best Short Narrative: “Hirosaki Players,” directed by Jeff Sausa
Honorable Mention: “Junko Shamisen,” directed by Solomon Friedman
The Diane Seligman Award for Best Student Short Film: “God of Love,” directed by Luke Matheny
Honorable Mention: “Some Boys Don’t Leave,” directed by Maggie Kiley
The Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography: “Inuk” – Cinematographers Xavier Liberman and Franck Rabel; directed by Mike Magidson
The James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a feature narrative: “Norman” – edited by Robert Hoffman, Editor; directed by Jonathan Segal
Honorable Mention: “3 Backyards,” Morgan Faust andJ effrey K. Miller Editors; directed by Eric Mendelsohn.
The James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Feature Documentary: “One Lucky Elephant” – edited by Kate Amend and Tchavdar Gerogiev, Editors; directed by Lisa Leeman
Honorable Mention: “The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan,” edited by Kimberley Hassett and Eben Bull
Directed by Henry Corra
Honorary Maverick Award: Writer/director Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy,” “Mao’s Last Dancer”)
Honorary Trailblazer Award: Bob Berney (“There Will Be Blood,” “Monster,” “The Passion of the Christ,” “Whale Rider,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”)
Honorary Excellence in Acting Award: Keanu Reeves (“The Matrix,” “The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee,” “Something’s Gotta Give”)