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:
"Circumstance," director: Maryam Keshavarz
Zoe Heran, "Tomboy"
Bélgica Castro, "Old Cats"
"Gone," directors: John and Gretchen Morning
Special Jury Prize:
"Habana Muda," director:Eric Brach
Best Short Documentary:
"Smut Capital of America," director: Michael Stabile
Best Narrative Short:
"Fourplay: San Francisco," director: Kyle Henry
"Oh My God!," director:Anne Sewitsky
NewDraft Screenplay Competition:
"Boys in the Trees," screenwriter: Nicholas Verso
"July Flame," screenwriter: Anton De Ionno
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