LIFF Announces 2021 Awards Amid Celebratory Atmosphere

“Everything in the End” (Picture by Ryan Morrill)
Joking that he was performing nicely to bear in mind all the names considering he had just arrive from a occasion in which he had a couple of glasses of wine, Lighthouse Global Film Festival Executive Director and Director of Programming Amir Bogen started off saying the winners of the LIFF levels of competition awards late Sunday afternoon. Hey, it was time to rejoice!
Initial up was the winner of the Superior School University student Films opposition. Bogen reported “Human Error,” directed by Alexandra Mars of East Brunswick Tech, was a fantastic small movie, astonishingly so since it had no dialogue.
Director of Shorts Programming Chip Parham announced the winners of the Finest Brief, Best Small Documentary and Very best Social Impression short – respectively “If Only You Realized,” directed by Einat Gaulan of Israel, Norwegian filmmaker Pia Stromme’s “Charlie Surfer” and “Boarderline Cafe” by Jeff Ayers. Dozens of shorts are entered in the shorts competitions so it is only proper that a few of Unique Mention Awards had been extra to the pot, heading to Serbian director Vojin Vasovic’s “Just for the Record” and “Sofa So Good” by Noa Osheroff.
Parham reported he experienced been “absolutely blown away” by the shorts entries, “as the English say, gobsmacked.”
LIFF Taking care of Director Christine Rooney declared two awards that are specifically important to locals, Volunteer of the 12 months Jill Voshell and the festival’s Neighborhood Award, which went to Extensive Seaside Island Basis of the Arts and Sciences Executive Director Daniella Kerner.
The Jenn Snyder Bryceland Social Affect Award for complete-size documentaries, which arrives together with a $3,500 prize sponsored by the LIFF, the Bryceland loved ones, the Lagralene Group and the Chicago Media Project, went to “Playing With Sharks,” directed by Sally Aitken.
LIFF Director of Episodic Programming Jesse R. Tender announced the winner of the Episodics competition. The To start with Place Award went to “All American Kids” by Ariel Poster. Distinctive Jury Award was presented to “Early to Rise” by Alec Cohen.
“Episodics (at the LIFF) only started off two several years back,” mentioned Tender. “They say we’re in the Golden Age of Television set, and it’s really correct.”
It was time for the two big winners of the night time to be introduced, for Greatest Documentary and Finest Narrative Element.
The very first went to “Anatomy of Wings,” directed by Kirsten D’Andrea Hollander and Nikiea Redmond. One particular of the directors reported, “I’m likely to carry all of Baltimore with me future 12 months!”
The Best Narrative Function Award went to “Dimland,” directed by Peter Collins Campbell. “For 2½ years I had the movie in my apartment,” Campbell mentioned. “The cast even forgot we made the motion picture.”
It was a joyful group of filmmakers. After all, the COVID-19 pandemic had manufactured most film festivals go all virtual in 2020 and 2021, with a person noticeable exception remaining the LIFF, which utilized a generate-in format past calendar year. This calendar year filmmakers collected on LBI beloved finally observing their movies screened in entrance of stay audiences and savoring the festival’s celebratory atmosphere. —R.M.

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