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"The Way," "Children" Lead Newport Winners

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 8, 2009 at 2:46AM

The 2009 Newport International Film Festival, which ran from June 3-7, 2009, announced its Jury, Student, and Audience Award winners yesterday in the Filmmaker Lounge at the fest headquarters at Empire Tea & Coffee in Newport. Top honors went to Tze Chun's "Children of Invention," winner of the Narrative Jury Prize, and Aron Gaudet's "The Way We Get By," winner of the Documentary Jury Prize.
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The 2009 Newport International Film Festival, which ran from June 3-7, 2009, announced its Jury, Student, and Audience Award winners yesterday in the Filmmaker Lounge at the fest headquarters at Empire Tea & Coffee in Newport. Top honors went to Tze Chun's "Children of Invention," winner of the Narrative Jury Prize, and Aron Gaudet's "The Way We Get By," winner of the Documentary Jury Prize.

The ceremony was kicked off and introduced by Executive Director Jennifer Maizel, Artistic Director Tom Hall and Programmers Holly Herrick and Andrea van Bueren. The narrative jury consisted of Alison Willmore, Editor of IFC.com, Jake Perlin, Associate Film Programmer at BamCinematek and Founder of The Film Desk, and Adam Kossack, Manager at management and production firm Anonymous Content, while the documentary jury consisted of Wendy Mitchell, Senior Editor of Screen International and ScreenDaily.com, Clemence Taillandier, Head of Theatrical Sales at Zeitgeist Films, and Jeremiah Zagar, Director, In A Dream. The full list of winners is listed below.

Jury Prizes

The 2009 Newport International Film Festival Narrative Feature Jury Prize:
Children Of Invention, directed by Tze Chun.

Special Narrative Feature Jury Prize:
That Evening Sun, directed by Scott Teems.

The 2009 Newport International Film Festival Documentary Feature Jury Prize:
The Way We Get By, directed by Aron Gaudet.

Special Documentary Feature Jury Prize:
45365, directed by Bill Ross IV & Turner Ross.


Audience Awards

Audience Award Narrative Feature:
Entre Nos, directed by Paola Mendoza and Gloria La Morte.

Audience Award Documentary Feature:
The Way We Get By, directed by Aron Gaudet

Audience Award Short Film:
I Knew It Was You, directed by Richard Shepard.


Children's Film Program (voted by child audience members)

Winner Children's Short Film Ages 6+:
Zoologic, directed by Nicole Mitchell.

Winner Children's Short Film Ages 10+:
Hakim, directed by Ismail Sahim.

Winner Children's Short Film Ages 14+:
This Way Up, directed by Smith and Foulkes.


Student Jury Prizes

Student Jury Narrative Grand Prize:
That Evening Sun, directed by Scott Teems.

Student Jury Documentary Grand Prize:
We Live In Public, directed by Ondi Timoner

Student Jury Prize Best Actor/Best Supporting Actor:
Sam Rockwell & Sam Rockwell from Moon.