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iW NEWS | NYU’s First Run Fest Announces Winners

iW NEWS | NYU's First Run Fest Announces Winners

New York University‘s 66th annual First Run Film Festival, which screens the work of student films from the Kanbar Institute of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts, announced their award winners at a ceremony at the Cantor Film Center Monday night. This year’s festival screened 105 films, videos, multimedia, and animation projects, and six films were singled out for over $50,000 in cash prizes. The first prize winners of the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation Awards for Excellence in Filmmaking were Andrew MacLean for “Sikumi” in the Graduate Division, and Benedict Campbell for “Lloyd Neck” in the Undergraduate Division. MacLean and Campbell also both won their divisional awards for the screenwriting and directing, totaling $15,000 in prizes for each. They join past recipients Spike Lee, Ang Lee and Nancy Savoca, among others. A panel of industry professionals selected the winning films from a group of 14 finalists. [Peter Knegt]

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