Winners of the 2019 10th Annual NYC Indie Awards!

Here are last year’s winners along with a brief summary of their film.

You can check out their trailers on the NYIFF website by clicking on the link in the description.

Best Director

Timothy Busfield for “GUEST ARTIST”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/guest-artist

The story of a young man coming face to face with his hero (Jeff Daniels) and exploring the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age. Joseph Harris (Jeff Daniels), a legendary but troubled playwright arrives at a small Michigan town at Christmastime to mount his latest play. Greeting the cynical New Yorker is a young aspiring writer who challenges his literary hero to be the icon he’d hoped for. Harris wants no part of Michigan, being the young man’s hero, or the theatre he’s come to work with. No sooner than he arrives Harris makes plans to return to NY on the next train out. Desperate and scrambling to keep him in town, the young man must face his hero and explore the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age.

Best Cinematography

Alejandro Cantú for “Nadie Sabrá Nunca” (NOW SCREENING ON NETFLIX)

Trapped in a rural Mexico of the 1970’s, Lucia and her eight year old son, Braulio, find solace listening to radio plays and watching movies. She dreams of a better life in the capital, something which her husband, Rigoberto is staunchly opposed to. One night, when the father is away, mother and son allow a stranger into their home. This man, who resembles the heroes in their beloved stories, manages to transform their constrained world into a magical one, as the line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred. But when the stranger leaves and Rigoberto returns, their mundane life continue as before. Yet, Lucia is no longer willing to hold off on her dream to take her family away from this little town.

Best Narrative Feature

Sol de Carvalho for “Mabata Bata”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/mabata-bata  

Azarias is a young orphan shepherd, keeper of a herd of oxen, where the ox Mabata Bata stands out. The oxen will be the basis of the “lobolo” payment, a traditional dowry that his uncle Raul must pay for his own marriage. Azarias’ dream is to be a normal child, to go to school, gold that is supported by his grandmother. One day, when Azariah is in the pasture, Mabata Bata steps into a mine – the result of the civil war in the country – and explodes. The young man fears his uncle’s reprisals and flees to the forest, taking with him the remaining oxen. The grandmother and uncle leave in their quest to rescue him and persuade him to return.

Best Documentary Feature

Paul Higbie and Seth Pompi for “Hysterical”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/hysterical

On the fringe of the New York stand-up scene, there are characters no comedian could make up. At open mics, they do effortlessly fascinating comedy which sometimes only makes sense to them. Two outsider comedians (Gary Marinoff and Alan Shain) let us deep into their lives, which are even more surprising and peculiar than their acts.

Best Short Documentary

Damian Kudelka for “By Any Means Necessary”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/by-any-means-necessary

A social justice documentary exploring why the NYPD, and US police departments more broadly, routinely use deadly force against non-violent minor offenders without receiving any punishment beyond losing vacation days. The film examines police practices primarily through the lens of the NYPD Eric Garner incident although other US police departments are covered. NYPD officers used a policy prohibited chokehold on Mr. Garner because he was selling 50 cent cigarettes on the street and wound up choking him to death. The film discovers how the management of police departments create a climate where officers routinely use excessive force against minor offenses. Additionally, we observe NYC government’s failed responses to prevent future officer chokeholds and present actionable solutions for reforming the NYPD and US police departments.

Best Short Film

Gabe Dinsmoor for “SAGE”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/sage

Erricka Bridgeford’s work to organize city-wide ceasefires is changing the way residents think about violence in their communities. After learning from her son that Baltimore had it’s most violent year on record she and a small group of organizers decided to take matters into their own hands.

Best Super Short Film

Susan McCormick for “Thin Walls”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/thin-walls

A girl attempts to commit suicide in a bathroom stall. A suicide attempt is interrupted.

Best Animation

Maryam Mohajer for “Red Dress. No Straps”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/red-dress-no-straps

  1. Tehran. Iran-Iraq war. For ‘Marmar’ it is another ordinary afternoon at the grandparents’. The echo of ‘Death to America’ chants from school mixes with grandad’s favourite ‘The voice of America’ on the radio whilst waiting for granny to make Marmar a dress exactly the same as the American Popstar. Bright red. No straps.

Best Music Video

Benjamin Roberds for “Don Broco – Come out to LA”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/don-broco-come-out-to-la

The music video for the track Come Out To LA by Don Broco features death, dancing, robots, inter-band rivalries, mad scientists, insane TV performances and much more.

Best Art/Experimental Film

Julian Olariu for “Above the Angel”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/above-the-angel

The chronicle of a communist afternoon.

Best Short Sketch Comedy Video

Jason Ortiz for “Vincent Van Gogh Fuck Yourself Todd”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/vincent-van-gogh-f-k-yourself-todd

Vincent van Gogh invites his closest friends to an exclusive showing of his latest paintings, a series entitled ‘My Friends, My Truth’.

Best Web Series

Quentin Fabiani for “Vieux Jeu”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/vieux-jeu-ep-01-old-game-ep-01

It’s the story of Adrian, an old bowling alley owner who wishes to retire and sell his business after 50 years. Each and every night, at the end of business hours, Adrian stays alone and plays solitary games in order to achieve his ultimate dream, a perfect game! But one night, Bernard, a ghost from his past, visits Adrian and warns the old man that he will die at the end of the week. Adria as less than a week to sell his business, make order in his life and try to play the perfect game.

Best TV Pilot

Rainbow Ruthie – Directed by: Ruth Marantz

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/rainbow-ruthie

An ex teen star from Manhattan Public Access TV in the nineties decides to relive her glory days.

Best Actor

Jeff Daniels for “GUEST ARTIST”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/guest-artist

The story of a young man coming face to face with his hero (Jeff Daniels) and exploring the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age. Joseph Harris (Jeff Daniels), a legendary but troubled playwright arrives at a small Michigan town at Christmastime to mount his latest play. Greeting the cynical New Yorker is a young aspiring writer who challenges his literary hero to be the icon he’d hoped for. Harris wants no part of Michigan, being the young man’s hero, or the theatre he’s come to work with. No sooner than he arrives Harris makes plans to return to NY on the next train out. Desperate and scrambling to keep him in town, the young man must face his hero and explore the tangled relationship between the dreams of youth and the wisdom of age.

Best Actress

Clare Durant for “ANIMAS”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/animas

Alex is a girl with a strong personality. She’s very close to her best friend Abraham, a shy, insecure boy as a consequence of his complex relationship with his parents. Everything changes when Abraham’s father dies in a bizarre accident. From this moment on, Alex will be thrust into a

mind-bending trip where the line between reality and nightmares will start to start to blur.

Best VR

Gayatri Parameswaran for “Home After War”

https://www.nycindieff.com/film/home-after-war

As you follow his story, the narrative takes a shocking turn. An unfortunate truth looms in the space – the death of Ahmaied’s sons by a booby trap. Ironically, while he was concerned about his home being safe, Ahmaied’s sons died in an incident in another home just around the corner. You experience this explosion in first person. As you wind down from this climax, you hear Ahmaied speak of his loss and his hopes for his family, country and the world.This project was part of the Oculus VR for Good Creators Lab 2017 and was produced in collaboration with the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD).