‘The Hate U Give’ beats Oscar favorites at Hamptons Film Festival, while ‘All Good’ and Roger Ailes doc also win

A racial melodrama joined a harrowing sexual assault victim pic and, ironically, a doc about Roger Ailes to win top awards at the 26th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival. “All Good (Alles ist Gut)” from first-time East Berlin director Eva Trobisch was named the Best Narrative Feature. “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” directed by Alexis Bloom nabbed Best Documentary Feature. And in something of a surprise, “The Hate U Give” from director George Tillman Jr. wooed East Enders into giving it the Audience Award. It beat out top Oscar contenders “First Man,” “Roma,” “Green Book” and “The Favourite.”

“There’s always some things that surprise me about films that do well and films that don’t do well, but overall people seemed to embrace all the films this year,” Fest Artistic Director David Nugent told Gold Derby. “We’re happy that 9 of the 10 last years we’ve screened the film that went on to win Best Picture [at the Oscars]. And last year we had a record 47 Oscars noms from films that screened in the festival.”

Audiences also gave “The Biggest Little Farm” best doc and “One Small Step” best short. “Hate” may have been helped over the weekend-long fest by the presence of charming 19-year-old star Amandla Stenberg, on hand as one of Variety’s 2018 Breakthrough Stars.

Here is the list of winners:

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
THE HATE U GIVE, directed by George Tillman Jr. and starring Breakthrough Artist Amandla Stenberg

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, directed by John Chester

Audience Award for Best Short Film
ONE SMALL STEP, directed by Bobby Pontillas and Andrew Chesworth

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature sponsored by Netflix
ALL GOOD “ALLES IST GUT”, directed by Eva Trobisch

HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature sponsored by Netflix

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Narrative Short Film
FENCE “GARDHI”, directed by Lendita Zeqiraj

The HIFF Award Winner for Best Documentary Short Film
GUAXUMA, directed by Nara Normande

Special Jury Prize For Acting
BORDER “GRÄNS”, directed by Ali Abbasi, received a Special Jury Prize for acting for the two lead actors, Eva Melander and Eero Milonoff

The 2018 Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a Film of Conflict and Resolution
AND BREATHE NORMALLY, directed by Ísold Uggadóttir

Vimeo Staff Pick Award
CROSS MY HEART, directed by Sontenish Myers

Suffolk County Film Commission Next Exposure Grant
ONLY THE WIND IS LISTENING, directed by Emily Anderson

The Zelda Penzel “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” Award: Dedicated to Those Who Suffer in Silence
THE CAT RESCUERS, directed by Rob Fruchtman and Steven Lawrence

Victor Rabinowitz and Joanne Grant Award for Social Justice
THE SILENCE OF OTHERS, directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar

Industry Advocate for Women Award
Terry Lawler, Executive Director of NYWIFT

The Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award
Alan Alda

2018 Breakthrough Artists
Kayli Carter, Cory Michael Smith, Amandla Stenberg

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