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(l. to r.) Mia Arfuso, Francesco Calogero, Rankin Hickman, Zachary Raines, John Siciliani, Jermaine Manigault and Erika Citrin pose with their awards.
By Zach Gewelb

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema recently announced the winners of its inaugural 10-day event that took place earlier this month at Kew Gardens Cinemas and Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens and at the Queens Museum in nearby Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

From a pool of nearly 400 film submissions, the festival presented over 150 films from 24 countries between Aug. 4 and Aug. 13. The winners for each category were chosen by a specially selected jury, and each received a unique statuette at the Grand Awards Gala Sunday, Aug. 13 during a dinner ceremony at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The winners for 17 categories include:

Best Feature Narrative: “Accidents”

Best Feature Documentary: “The Last Stop”

Best Short Narrative: “The Immaculate Misconception”

Best Short Documentary: “All Or Nothing”

Best Experimental/Animation: “One Way Town”

Audience Choice Award, Best Feature: “Second Spring”

Audience Choice Award, Best Short: “Language Is Dead”

Best Director: Zachary Raines, “Accidents”

Best Actress: Elaine Partnow, “Slipaway”

Best Actor: Jordi Vilasuso, “This Modern Man Is Beat”

Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Center, “All I Want”

Best Supporting Actor: John Siciliani, “Accidents”

Best Screenplay: “Grand Unified Theory”

Best Cinematography: “Stanley A Man Of Variety”

Best Editing: “Dark Meridian”

Best Sound Editing: “Streetwrite”

Best Makeup & FX: “Stanley A Man Of Variety’”

Reach reporter Zach Gewelb by e-mail at zgewelb@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4539.

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