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35TH NEW YORK EXPO OF SHORT FILM AND VIDEO ANNOUNCES AWARD WINNERS


23 Award Winners to be screened

The 35TH New York Exposition of Short Film and Video unspooled 77 films from 19 countries at NYU's Cantor Film Center, after opening to an overflow crowd at the Two Boots/ Pioneer Theater, December 6 - 9. Selected Award winners from this year's competition will screen on consecutive Thursday evenings at the Donnell Media Center Auditorium of the New York Public Library in Manhattan.

The EXPO described by Amy Taubin of The Village Voice as " still the most eclectic and film-savvy shorts fest," lived up to its promise again this year with 26 debut films, 15 U.S. premieres and 41 New York premieres. The Expo hosted two additional special programs: "Artists at Work" a provocative look at the skills and psyches of four contemporary artists in Brussels, Vienna, Paris and Brooklyn and a remarkably intimate and revealing trio of "New Russian Documentaries." including a close-up portrait of Vladimir Putin.

"The Expo was defined by the steadfast generosity and dedication of our sponsors, and the extraordinary talent of the filmmakers in this year of change and challenges," notes Anne Borin, in her fourth year as fest helmer. "All together, thirty-six filmmakers visited the Expo from as far away as Taiwan, Russia, Germany, Italy, The Czech Republic and Israel. Veteran sponsors Eastman Kodak, DuArt Film and Video, Barbizon Electric, Future Media Concepts and Skyy Vodka stayed on board at a time of shrinking corporate support, recent sponsors, Cineric, Inc., Wendy Keyes, Brooklyn Brewery, Johnny Rockets, Deluxe Film Labs and SHOUT Magazine contributed support, services and prizes helping us create a wonderful four-day event."

Top film professionals in the New York Film Community awarded prizes at the Closing Night Ceremony at NYU's state of the art, Cantor Film Center. Judges included Talent Manager Jean Fox of Fox-Albert Management, Jeb Brody of Johnathan Demme's Clinica Estetico and Gene Klein of Hypnotic Pictures. Animation Judges, filmmakers, John Dillworth, Yvette Kaplan and Pat Smith hailed the international program of animation as one of the strongest they had seen as did the Documentary judges, filmmakers Hava Beller, Kevin Rafferty and Chris White of American Documentary's POV. David Callahan, Senior Librarian of Donnell Media Center, NYPL; Jessica Glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Program on Film; and filmmaker Bill Brand, awarded experimental filmmakers with certificates and praise. (Please see complete list below).

Among the winners: Tzipi Trope's important and timely documentary CLOSE AND FAR AWAY featuring two Arab brothers-in-law living in Israel, each choosing to assert a different nationality as they live their daily lives enmeshed; Neil Goldberg's A SYSTEM FOR WRITING THANK YOU NOTES a deadpan and deeply moving exposition of his father's process of answering the many condolence cards that were sent in memory of his wife's death; the poignant, troubling GRIEF a powerful debut from Israeli filmmaker Hadar Fridlich; and French filmmaker Mathieu Gerald Hustache's audacious debut COWHIDE introduces a new actress bound for international success, the delightful, Sophie Quinton. The experimental film SOUNDINGS by Sandra Gibson took the traditional handmade manipulation film to its highest level in what seems to be a farewell elegy to celluloid. And, the new release from Russia's acclaimed animation studio, Pilot, is another wonder of the heart as Soviet neighbors begin to miss the very musician they successfully destroyed in THE NEIGHBORS.

The Barbizon Lighting Award went to the steamy Dutch film BREEDING SPACE by Laurens van Charante, starring a bevy of snails in love. The Cineric,Inc. Award went to Aussie newcomer Jane Manning for her portrayal of Vietnamese immigrants in modern day Melbourne. Best Debut in Fiction tied the Russian film JUST THE TWO OF US starring maverick actor Sergei Makovetesky and Kathryn Nowak's BIRDS OF A FEATHER another exhilarating debut, from Germany. Eastman Kodak awarded three prizes for excellence in cinematography. All award winners will be screening on Thursday evenings, January 3, 10, 17 from 6 - 8pm at the Donnell Library's Media Center Auditorium, 20 West 53rd Street, New York City (212) 621-0609.

35th New York Exposition of Short Film and Video-Award Winners

FICTION Judges: Jeb Brody, Clinica Estetico; Jean Fox, Fox-Albert Management, Gene Klein, Hypnotic Pictures

Gold: COWHIDE - Mathieu Gerald Hustache (France)
Silver: GRIEF - Hadar Fridlich (Israel)
Bronze: GREGOR'S GREATEST INVENTION - Johannes Kiefer (Germany)
Best Debut: (tie) BIRDS OF A FEATHER - Katherina Nowak (Germany)
JUST THE TWO OF US - Alexander Veledinsky (Russia)

DOCUMENTARY Judges: Hava Beller, filmmaker; Kevin Rafferty, filmmaker; Chris White, coordinating producer POV

Gold: CLOSE AND FAR AWAY - Tsipi Trope (Israel)
Silver: THE UNKNOWN PUTIN - Sergei Mirchinshenko (Russia)
Bronze: PLAYROOM - Rafael del Toro (USA)
Best Debut: BIG BLUE - Justin Sullivan (USA)

EXPERIMENTAL Judges: David Callahan, Donnell Media Center; Jessica Glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Bill Brand,artists/filmmaker

Gold: SOUNDINGS - Sandra Gibson (USA)
Silver: RHYTHM OF DEATH - K. Jayadev (India)
Bronze: A SYSTEM FOR WRITING THANK YOU NOTES - Neil Goldberg (USA)
Best Debut: PRIVATE CONVERSATION - Karen Treanor (USA)

ANIMATION Judges: Filmmaker, Producers,Yvette Kaplan, John Dillworth and Pat Smith

Gold: ADAGIO - Garri Bardine (France/Russia)
Silver: THE NEIGHBORS - Stephan Briykov (Russia)
Bronze: MOVING ILLUSTRATIONS OF MACHINES - Jeremy Solterbeck (USA)
Best Debut: ROCKIN' AND ROLLIN' - Richard Jack (England)

CINERIC, INC. AWARD: DELIVERY DAY - Jane Manning (Australia)
FUTURE MEDIA CONCEPTS AWARD - CCCP VS. ST. VALENTINA - Sergei Aniskov (USA)
KODAK FILM STOCK AWARDS -
Experimental: CLIP - Robert Todd (USA);
Documentary: HOTLINE - Zhong Chen (China/USA);
Fiction: COPY SHOP - Virgil Widrich (Austria)
BARBIZON LIGHTING AWARD: BREEDING SPACE - Laurens van Charante (USA/Holland - Fiction)