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5th Annual GOTHAM SCREEN International Film Festival Announces Winners

Winners of the 2011 GOTHAM SCREEN International Film Festival Were Announced at the Closing Ceremony, With "Jo For Jonathan" by Maxine Giroux Taking the Top Prize (October 24, 2011)

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 10/24/11 -- The 5th Annual Gotham Screen International Film Festival (GSIFF) drew to a close yesterday after ten days of screenings and events in downtown New York. Film competition and screenplay contest winners were announced at the closing ceremony for filmmakers, industry and press.

Festival director Michael Gunther said of the event, "We're very proud of this year's program, which featured no less than six world premieres, with films as diverse as US thriller 'Occupant,' Chinese documentary 'He Film' and indie road movie 'Days Together.' The move to the legendary Quad Cinema brought increased attendance and allowed us to dramatically broaden the program. We definitely feel at home in the new surroundings of Greenwich Village and hope to continue our growth, both creatively and audience-wise, in the next year."

Highlights of the festival included the world premiere of US drama "40 West," Singaporean production "Sandcastle" and popular Indian movie "Shuttlecock Boys."

The 2012 Gotham Screen festival will run again in October next year.

Winners of 2011 GOTHAM SCREEN International Film Festival:

  • Best Feature: "Jo For Jonathan," directed by Maxime Giroux
  • Best Actress: Erin Anderson as 'Alex' in "Days Together"
  • Best Actor: Raphaël Lacaille as 'Jonathan' in "Jo For Jonathan"
  • Best Cinematography: Sharon Loh, for "Sandcastle"
  • Best Documentary: "The Cost Of Creativity," directed by John Biddle
  • Best Short Film: "I Am Not A Moose," directed by Jessica Brickman -- Winner of the $1,000 Circleframe Short Film Award, sponsored by Triboro Pictures.

Audience Choice Awards:

  • Feature Film: "Brief Reunion," directed by John Daschbach
  • Short Film: "Porn Masala," directed by Ken Kwek

Special Jury Mentions:

  • Feature Film: "Sandcastle," by Boo Jun Feng
  • Documentary: "Fat Cows, Lean Cows," by Meni Elias
  • Short Film: "Lighthouse," by Anthony Chen

Winners of the 2011 GOTHAM SCREEN Screenplay Contest:
Best Screenplay: "Auntie" (Thriller), by Deirdre Patterson -- Winner of the $2,500 Circleframe Screenwriting Award, sponsored by Triboro Pictures.

  • Best Action/Adventure: "April Fool," by Yvonne Fein
  • Best Comedy: "Saturday Night Club," by Rob Nagle
  • Best Drama: "The Song of Sampson Dale," by Geoffrey Caple
  • Best Horror: "Committed," by Jeff Sussman
  • Best Mystery: "Absolution," by Michael R. Lupariello
  • Best Romantic Comedy: "Alison Offline," by Gordon Rayfield
  • Best Sports / Biography: "Jackie," by Jay S. Blumenkopf
  • Best War / Drama: "Silent Courage," by Max Kopelowicz

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