Closing Night at the 3rd Annual Gotham Screen Film Festival 2009

The Third Annual Gotham Screen Film Festival drew to a close Sunday 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.

New York, NY, October 28, 2009 --( 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:

Best Screenplay – Coal Hard Cash, by Arthur Schurr - Winner of the $2,500 Circleframe Screenwriting Award, sponsored by Triboro Pictures.

Best Drama:
The Congo Redemption, by Ken Straw and Joey O’Connor

Best Comedy:
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

Best Thriller:
Cleo Parker, by Michel Palmer

The Gotham Screen Film Festival and 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 Gotham Screen 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.

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Alex Kaed