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“King’s Speech” Atop Hamptons Fest; “Mamas,” “Circo, “Love” Also Win

"King's Speech" Atop Hamptons Fest; "Mamas," "Circo, "Love" Also Win

Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech,” starring Colin Firth as Britain’s King George VI, won the narrative audience prize at the Hamptons International Film Festival tonight in East Hampton, NY. The documentary audience award went to Jill Andresevic’s “Love Etc.” The festival, which closes tomorrow on Long Island in New York, awarded a number of prizes at Sunday night’s ceremony.

In the festival’s Golden Starfish Competition, Alice Nellis’ “Mamas and Papas” won the narrative prize (and was also honored with the fest’s screenplay award). The documentary award went to Aaron Schock’s “Circo.”

Accepting his award Sunday night, Hooper thanked Weinstein Company head, Harvey Weinstein, seated in the audience. Continuing he noted that while the story was about the current British monarch, Elizabeth II’s father, and his personal struggles with stammering, he hoped the film will shed light on the personal struggles of all people. “Whether shyness, lack of confidence or self-doubt. I hope everyone can find inspiration in this story,” said Hooper.

The night’s top jury winner, “Mamas & Papas,” by Alice Nellis also won the fest’s screenwriting award.

“I want to thank the Hamptons [International Film Festival] for recognizing the work of the producer,” noted “Mamas” producer Jeffrey Brown while accepting the award. Brown said that the film’s director was unable to make the trip to the fest because of health, but noted a sometimes harsh rule with similar events. “[Other] festivals wouldn’t let [our film] in unless the director came, but [HIFF] welcomed us.”

The full list of winners from the Hamptons International Film Festival:

Audience Award Narrative:
“The King’s Speech,” directed by Tom Hooper

Audience Award Documentary:
“Love Etc.”, directed by Jill Andresevic

“My So-Called Enemy” director Lisa Gossels in East Hampton Sunday night after taking HIFF’s ‘Conflict and Resolution’ prize. Photo by Brian Brooks/indieWIRE.

Narrative Jury Winner:
“Mamas & Papas,” directed by Alice Nellis

Zicherman Screenplay Winner:
“Mamas & Papas,” directed by Alice Nellis

Documentary Jury Winner:
“Circo,” directed by Aaron Schock

Conflict and Resolution Jury winner
“My So-Called Enemy,” directed by Lisa Gossels

Short Film Winner
“Born Sweet,” directed by Cynthia Wade

Investigation Discovery Award for Excellence in Journalism
“The House of Suh,” directed by Iris Shim

Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award:
“Shit Year,” directed by Cam Archer

Kodak Award for Best Cinematography:
“Heartbeats,” directed by Xavier Dolan

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
“No Tomorrow,” directed by Roger Weisberg and Vanessa Roth

Babelgum Award. Grand Jury Award Winner:
“Coalition of the Willing,” Knife Party (U.K.)

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