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Film Festival Roundup: Lower East Side Film Festival Unveils Winners, Telluride Names Guest Director and More

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.

“Art of the Prank”

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column.

– EXCLUSIVE: The 6th Annual Lower East Side Film Festival and their 2016 panel of judges, including Ethan Hawke, Cindy Tolan, Steve Farneth and Raul Castillo have announced their winners. Check them out below.

Best Feature Film – “Americana” – By Zachary Shedd
Best Live Action Short Film – “Killer” – By Matt Kazman
Best Animated Short Film – “The Mega Plush: Episode I” – By Matt Burniston
Best Music Video – The Knocks’ “Collect My Love” – By Austin Peters, Music by The Knocks, featuring Alex Newell
Best Documentary Short Film – “Erosion” – By Brandon Bloch, Tim Sessler and Brandon Bray
The Advocacy Award Presented by Here TV – “Video” – By Randy Yang
The LESFF Neighborhood Award – “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream” – By Michael Levine
Best of Fest, The LESFF Prix D’Or – “Art of the Prank” – By Andrea Marini
Audience Award – “The Babymooners” – By Shaina Feinberg & Chris Manley

Volker Schlöndorff's "Diplomacy"

Volker Schlöndorff’s “Diplomacy”

– The Telluride Film Festival, has announced its 2016 Guest Director, Volker Schlöndorff. The globally acclaimed German filmmaker, producer, writer and actor is set to select a series of films to present at the 43rd Telluride Film Festival running over Labor Day Weekend, September 2-5, 2016. Every year, the festival selects one of the world’s great film enthusiasts to join them in the creation of their official program lineup. Schlöndorff’s film selections, along with the rest of the Telluride lineup, will be kept secret until Opening Day. Past Guest Directors include Rachel Kushner, Guy Maddin, Caetano Veloso, Michael Ondaatje, Alexander Payne, Salman Rushdie, Peter Bogdanovich, B. Ruby Rich, Phillip Lopate, Errol Morris, Bertrand Tavernier, John Boorman, John Simon, Buck Henry, Laurie Anderson, Stephen Sondheim, G. Cabrera Infante, Peter Sellars, Don DeLillo, J.P. Gorin, Edith Kramer and Slavoj Žižek.

-The 19th Annual Brooklyn Film Festival wrapped on Sunday with a ceremony at the Windmill Studios, handing out a total of $50,000 in products and film services. Check out the full list of winners below:

Grand Chameleon Award – “Delinquent” – By Kieran Valla
Best Narrative Feature – “Delinquent” – By Kieran Valla
Best Documentary – “Farmer/Veteran” – By Alix Blair & Jeremy Lange
Best Short Documentary – “Moriom” – By Mark Olexa & Francesca Scalisi
Best Narrative Short – “Dreamlands” – By Sara Dunlop
Best Animation – “Amelia & Duarte” – By Alice Guimarães & Mónica Santos
Best Experimental – “Tomorrow After Yesterday” – By Behzad Moloud
Best New Director – “Embers” – By Claire Caree
Brooklyn Pride Award – “Life Of Significant Soil” – By Michael Irish



Slamdance Presents

– The second wave of titles from this year’s Fantasia Film Festival have arrived, and they include Daniel Grou’s “King Dave,” John Stockwell’s “Kickboxer: Vengeance,” a special screening of Kevin Smith’s “Yoga Hosers,” the Ben Wheatley-produced “Tank 42” and many more offerings. The festival will also feature a Spotlight on Polish Cinema, and a number of always-on-brand experimental and bold genre picks. Find out more at the festival’s official website.

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