A festive awards reception was held July 31 on Staller Center’s Main Stage, with film critic John Anderson as master of ceremonies, to close the 15th annual Stony Brook Film Festival. Anderson announced the Audience and Jury awards for best features and shorts as well as an Excellence in Filmmaking prize.
Five Star Day, written and directed by Danny Buday, won Best Feature, Jury Award; Ayla, directed by Su Turhan, and Berlin 36, directed by Kaspar Heidelbach, tied for Best Feature, Audience Choice Prize; Worth, by Kathi Carey, won Best Short Film, Audience Choice Award; Unrest, by Christina Rubenstein, won Best Short Film, Jury Award. The Opening Night Film, The Storm, directed by Ben Sombogaart, was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking (Opening Night film is not included in competition).
Among the filmmakers attending the awards reception were Danny Buday for Five Star Day, Su Turhan for Ayla, Kathi Carey for the short film Worth, and Marie Pineda, producer for the short film Unrest.
Sylvia Hoeks, the Dutch actress who played Julia in The Storm, and Alain De Levita, the film’s producer, had attended the Stony Brook Film Festival for the U.S. Premiere of The Storm on Opening Night, July 22.
“Our audience was extremely positive about our films, including Opening Night, where two new dramatic features from the Netherlands were introduced, The Storm and Bride Flight,” said Festival Founder and Director Alan Inkles. “The international mix of films has become a Stony Brook specialty as more and more sales companies have found Stony Brook to be a great outlet for their films.”