The Artist from director Michel Hazanavicius earned the Audience Award (Narrative) while Marc Levin’s Hard Times: Lost on Long Island was honored with the Audience Award (Documentary) to pace winners at the 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival announced tonight. Also taking home an Audience Award was Two’s a Crowd from directors Jim Isler and Tom Isler (for Best Short), while The Fairy – directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon — was selected as winner of the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award. The Golden Starfish for Best Documentary went to Fellipe Barbosa’s Laura. Other winners included: The Strange Ones, from directors Christopher Radcliff and Lauren Wolkstein (Short Documentary Jury Winner); Without, from director Mark Jackson (Kodak Award for Best Cinematography and the Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award); and You’ve Been Trumped, from director Anthony Baxter (Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice). The Narrative Jury also awarded a special jury mention to Joshua Marton’s The Forgiveness of Blood.
Previously announced winners included Small, Beautifully Moving Parts from directors Annie Howell and Lisa Robinson (Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize), and The Bully Project from director Lee Hirsch (Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution). 2011 Breakthrough Performer recipients included Sleeping Beauty starring Emily Browning; Melancholia featuring Alexander Skarsgard; Cracks in the Shell, with Stine Fischer Christensen; Another Happy Day starring Ezra Miller; The Descendants with Shailene Woodley; and Like Crazy starring Anton Yelchin.