2009 Gotham Screen Film Festival & Screenplay Contest
Closing Night at the 2009 GOTHAM SCREEN Festival...
photo: Dan Turkewitz
GSIFF 2009 Closing Night at Tribeca Cinemas with (from left): David Conolly, Reiko Aylesworth, Aasif Mandvi and Peter McRobbie. (more pictures here...)
The Third Annual GSIFF Film Festival drew to a close last night with the New York premiere of The Understudy, the new film by husband and wife directing and producing team David Conolly and Hannah Davis.
The Understudy team at GSIFF 2009 (from left): Joe Foley, Reiko Aylesworth,David Connolly, Aasif Mandvi and Hannah Davis. photo: Dan Turkewitz
Stars in attendance on the red carpet at Tribeca Cinemas last night were Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, Ghost Town, The Proposal and the upcoming Today’s Special), Reiko Aylesworth (Lost, ER, Aliens vs Predators and soon on Damages), Peter McRobbie (16 Blocks, World Trade Center) and Emanuele Ancorini. Also spotted on the red carpet: Mike Steinberg from The Bachelorette.
In the concluding ceremony the winners of the film competition and the winning screenplays from the screenplay contest were announced.
Winners of the 2009 GOTHAM SCREEN Circleframe Film Awards:
Best Feature – Salawati
Marc X Grigoroff, director
Best Documentary – The Belgrade Phantom
Jovan B. Todorovic, director
Best Photography - Loft
Danny Elsen, cinematographer
Best Actress – Zarina Safuan, Salawati
Best Actor - Eduard Fernández, El Vestido (The Dress)
Best Short Film – El Encargado (The One In Charge)
Sergio Barrejón, director
Special Jury Mention - The Moon Inside You
Diana Fabianova, director
Winners of the 2009 GOTHAM SCREEN Screenwriting Awards:
Coal Hard Cash, by Arthur Schurr - Winner of the $2,500 Circleframe Screenwriting Award, sponsored by Triboro Pictures.
The Congo Redemption, by Ken Straw and Joey O’Connor
Sink or Swim: The Saga of Shore Break Rentals, by Keith Strausbaugh
Best Romantic Comedy:
FRENCHING aka OOH LA-LA, by Marie Rose
Best Family / Children’s:
Chances, by Jeff Trently and Anthony Stitt
Best Action / Adventure:
Graf, by M. Roman Rosales & Peter Loffredo
Cleo Parker, by Michel Palmer
The GSIFF Film Festival and Gotham Screen Screenplay Contest is held annually at the end of October in New York City and was hosted this year again at the Tribeca Cinemas in Lower Manhattan.
The GSIFF Film Fest draws each year from a wide variety of American and International submissions, and attempts to give industry and audience exposure to films and filmmakers whose work would not otherwise get seen in New York, or in the US. Over half the films shown this year were US premieres, and Gotham Screen intends to continue this tradition of introducing new films and filmmakers to American audiences.
The organizers wish to thank everyone who made this year’s festival such a great success, and look forward to welcoming Filmmakers and Film Fans from around the world again in Fall 2010.
Festival Lineup 2009
Highlights of this year's lineup
Closing Night Premiere:
"The Understudy" US 2009- Sun, Oct 25 (Tribeca Cinemas, 7:30pm)
starring Marin Ireland, Paul Sparks, Aasif Mandvi, Richard Kind, Tom Wopat, Gloria Reuben, Reiko Aylesworth; Dir: David Conolly & Hannah Davis
"The Belgrade Phantom" Serbia 2009- Sat, October 24 (Tribeca Cinemas, 7:30pm)
starring Milutin Milosevic, Marko Zivic, Radoslav Milenkovic, Nada Macankovic; Dir: Jovan B.Todorovic
Opening Night - US Premiere:
"LOFT" Belgium 2008 - Wed, Oct 21, (Tribeca Cinemas, 8:30pm)
starring Koen De Bouw, Filip Peeters, Matthias Schoenaerts, Bruno Vanden Broucke, Koen De Graeve, Veerle Baetens; Dir: Erik Van Looy
"El Vestido (The Dress)" Argentina 2009 - Thu, Oct 22, (Tribeca Cinemas, 9:00pm)
starring Isabel Blanco, Paloma Coscia, Antonella Costa, Eduard Fernández; Dir: Paula de Luqu
photo: dan turkewitz
photo: dina litovksy
The Gotham Screen Film Festival & Screenplay Contest:
In this trying time for the economy, the film industry has proven to be one of the rare bright spots, with 2009 box office admissions and box office up over 15%, year on year in the first months, and it looks like the trend will continue. The worst of times can be the best of times - we strongly believe that there exist great opportunities for filmmakers and screenwriters, and that this is an important time for artists, to go out there and make themselves heard and seen.