The New York International Film Festival wrapped up Sunday evening with an awards ceremony that honored the directors and producers of the winning films. While more than 30 features were shown throughout the six-day festival, only five films were recognized during the closing ceremony at Clearview Chelsea Cinemas, along with the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition winner.
Prizes for the winners of Best Domestic Feature, Best International Feature, Best Director, Best Documentary, Best Short and HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition Winner varied from video editing software to a $5,000 cash award.
Best Domestic Feature -- "Under My Nails"
Solimar a Puerto Rican woman who works in a nail salon, becomes intrigued by the violent sexual practices of her new neighbors, Roberto and Perpetuel. When Perpetuel returns home to the DR, Solimar goes from voyeur to participant in Roberto's games of sex and power.
Best International Feature -- "El Rumor De Las Piedras" (The Rumble of the Stones)
Single mother Delia struggles to raise her sons, William and Santiago, in a shantytown of Caracas, but it seems that everyday they slip farther away from her and closer to a life of crime and delinquency.
Best Director -- Alejandro Bellame Palacios for "El Rumor De Las Piedras"
Best Documentary -- "El Médico: The Cubatón Story"
Best Short -- "Pescadora"
Lucinda Martinez, vice president of HBO, announced the winner of the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Competition, Carmen Peláez's "The Acting Lesson," in an earlier blog post. The original screenplay took home the biggest prize of the festival -- a $15,000 cash reward.
See who attended the festival in the gallery below!