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NewFest 2011 Crowns Winners "Circumstance," "Gone," "Tomboy" Star Zoé Héran

By Sophia Savage | Indiewire July 29, 2011 at 4:23AM

New York's NewFest, in its 23rd year, came to a close last night with the announcement of its winners prior to their closing night screening of "Gun Hill Road." Of over 50 films, winners included Maryam Keshavrz's "Circumstance" (Best Film - Narrative Feature), John and Gretchen Morning's "Gone" (Best Film - Documentary), Eric Brach's "Habana Muda" (Special Jury Prize - Documentary), Michael Stabile’s "Smut Capital of America" (Best Doc Short), Kyle Henry’s "Fourplay: San Francisco" (Best Narrative Short), and "Tomboy" star Zoé Héran (Best Performance).
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New York's NewFest, in its 23rd year, came to a close last night with the announcement of its winners prior to their closing night screening of "Gun Hill Road." Of over 50 films, winners included Maryam Keshavrz's "Circumstance" (Best Film - Narrative Feature), John and Gretchen Morning's "Gone" (Best Film - Documentary), Eric Brach's "Habana Muda" (Special Jury Prize - Documentary), Michael Stabile’s "Smut Capital of America" (Best Doc Short), Kyle Henry’s "Fourplay: San Francisco" (Best Narrative Short), and "Tomboy" star Zoé Héran (Best Performance).

The audience favored both Stephen Cone's "The Wise Kids" and Ryan Gielen's "Turtle Hill, Brooklyn" for Best Narrative Feature, while they picked Elizabeth Sperling and Trish Dalton's "One Night Stand" for Best Doc Feature. Nicholas Verso and Anton De Lonno won the NewDraft Screenplay Competition for "Boys in the Trees" and "July Flame," respectively.

The complete list of winners is below:

Jury Awards

Narrative Features

Best Film:
"Circumstance," director: Maryam Keshavarz

Best Performance:
Zoe Heran, "Tomboy"

Honorable Mention:
Bélgica Castro, "Old Cats"

Documentary Features

Best Film:
"Gone," directors: John and Gretchen Morning

Special Jury Prize:
"Habana Muda," director:Eric Brach

Short Film

Best Short Documentary:
"Smut Capital of America," director: Michael Stabile

Best Narrative Short:
"Fourplay: San Francisco," director: Kyle Henry

Honorable Mention:
"Oh My God!," director:Anne Sewitsky

NewDraft Screenplay Competition:

"Boys in the Trees," screenwriter: Nicholas Verso
"July Flame," screenwriter: Anton De Ionno

Audience Awards

Best Narrative Feature (Tie):
"The Wise Kids," director: Stephen Cone
"Turtle Hill, Brooklyn," director: Ryan Gielen

Best Documentary Feature:
"One Night Stand," directors: Elisabeth Sperling & Trish Dalton

Best Short Film:
"The Devotion Project: More Than Ever," director: Tony Osso






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