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Film Festival Roundup: Kartemquin Films Launches Festival, Hamptons Announces Juried And Audience Award Winners And More

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

I, Daniel Blake

“I, Daniel Blake”

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Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Full Lineup Announcements

– The Denver Film Festival (DFF), produced by Denver Film Society (DFS), has announced its full festival lineup including all feature film selections, short films and complete sidebars. “Our 39th Festival program truly has something for everyone — from the delightful dance-filled comedies of Tribute guests Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon to the diverse slate of works that makes up our country of focus, Spain, from timely and serious documentaries such as ‘Do Not Resist’ and ‘Jackson’ to the always curious and creepy Late Night Showcase,” said Brit Withey, Artistic Director. Other highlights include “I, Daniel Blake,” “The Ornithologist” and “Off the Rails.”

During the 12-day Festival, DFF39 will present more than 200 titles representing local, national and international independent films, as well as industry panels, workshops, achievement awards and tributes; featuring more than 130 filmmaker guests in-person. You can find out more information about the lineup and how to attend at their official website.

– The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced My First Film Fest, which aims to bring the excitement and vibrancy of the festival experience to young movie lovers, November 3 – 8. Opening Night is a special sneak preview of one of this holiday season’s most anticipated films, DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls,” which follows the titular music-loving creatures in a heart-cheering and hair-raising adventure as they attempt to save their village.

The 13-film festival will showcase titles from the U.S. and around the world appropriate for children of various ages, as well as adults, including international gems from Hayao Miyazaki; “Phantom Boy,” the latest from the directors of “A Cat in Paris”; filmmaker appearances by directors Yared Zeleke and Émilie Deleuze; and even a North American premiere (“Girls in the Middle Ages”).



– JCC Manhattan’s Other Israel Film Festival had announced the complete lineup of feature and short films for the 10th Annual Other Israel Film Festival, to be held in New York on December 1 – 8. A diverse selection of award-winning films round out the festival’s 2016 slate; all celebrating unique stories that highlight the best of Israeli directors and artists, while showcasing a full spectrum of Israeli and Palestinian life and culture.

“Harmonia,” recently awarded the Jewish Experience and Best Cinematography awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival and was nominated at the Israeli Film Academy, is the festival’s opening night film. Closing the festival on December 8 is Cannes Film Festival celebrated feature film “Personal Affairs.”

“In a time when Israeli filmmakers feel artistic limitations enforced by a hawkish ministry of culture, we are seeing our best line up to date,” says Isaac Zablocki Executive Director of the Other Israel Film Festival. “Clearly, the voice of the other has not been silenced in Israeli cinema and is stronger than ever.” The lineup boasts a record number of feature films and more internationally recognized films than any year to date. For more information, head over to their official website.

– The Flyway Film Festival has announced the official program selections for the October 19 – 23 festival, showcasing top-notch emerging filmmakers from across the globe. More than forty documentaries, narratives and short films will screen at four locations along the Mississippi River: The Villa Bellezza Winery in Pepin, WI; Big River Theatre in Alma, WI; WideSpot Performing Arts Center in Stockholm, WI; and the Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, MN.

The festival kicks off with a party and awards ceremony at the Villa Bellezza on October 19. The films begin on October 20 with the coming-of-age dramedy “Girl Asleep” and close on Sunday, October 23 with the fairy-tale thriller “American Fable.” The full festival schedule is available on their website right here.

Openers, Closers and Other Additions

– ArcLight Cinemas and Kartemquin Films will mark the culmination of Kartemquin’s 50th anniversary year with The Kartemquin Fall Festival, to be held in partnership with ArcLight Cinemas at the the ArcLight Chicago, located at NEWCITY in Lincoln Park, Chicago, on three nights from November 2 – 4. 

The Kartemquin Fall Festival features two Chicago premieres, sneak previews of three works-in-progress, and fresh new work from emerging Midwest documentary makers who have graduated from Kartemquin’s acclaimed filmmaker development programs. Find out more information here and here.

Honors and Tributes

– Commemorating its ten-year milestone, The Other Israel Film Festival has also announced the renaming of the JCC Manhattan film center on opening night, honoring festival founder and JCC Board Member, Carole Zabar.


– The Hamptons International Film Festival announced their award winners at a ceremony in East Hampton earlier this week. “Glory,” directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, won the Award for Best Narrative Feature, presented by the Wall Street Journal. “The Eagle Huntress,” directed by Otto Bell, received the Award for Best Documentary Feature, sponsored by ID Films. “The Silence,” directed by Ali Asgari and Farnoosh Samadi, and “Irregulars,” directed by Fabio Palmieri, received the Award for Best Narrative Short Film and for Best Documentary Short Film, respectively. You can check out the full list of winners right here.

The Eagle Huntress

“The Eagle Huntress”

Additionally, “Huntress” director Bell has announced that he is donating all of the awarded prize money to Aisholpan, the subject of the documentary. Of the decision, Bell said, “Aisholpan wants to become a doctor, so we’re going to donate the prize money to the fund we’re building for her education. She’s been such an inspiration to me and our entire team. We are honored to be able to continue to contribute to her amazing journey.”

HIFF also announced their audience awards, including “La La Land,” directed by Damien Chazelle, which took home the Audience Award for Narrative Feature; “I Am Not Your Negro,” directed by Raoul Peck, which took home the Audience Award for Documentary Feature; and “The White Helmets,” directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, which won the Audience Award for Best Short Film.

– BendFilm announced its award winners in 16 categories at the festival’s awards ceremony earlier this week, held at Father Luke’s Room at McMenamin’s Old St. Francis School. Best of Show, presented by Founding Festival Sponsor, Brooks Resources, was given to filmmaker, Erica Fae for “To Keep the Light,” a unique film with a fascinating lighthouse-keeper heroine. The Best Narrative Feature, “The First Girl I Loved,” directed by Karem Sanga, in its Oregon Premiere, captured the hearts of many filmgoers with its coming-of-age story. The Best Documentary Feature prize went to “Growing Up Coy,” directed by Eric Juhola. You can check out the full list of winners right here.

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