VIRGINIA MINNESOTA wins Best Feature Film at Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema – August 13th, 2018

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema Announces Award Winners at 2nd Annual Gala

Kew Gardens Festival of Cinema is proud to announce the winners of its 2nd annual event that took place from August 3-12 at Regal Cinema’s UA Midway in Forest Hills, 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 110 remarkable films from 25 countries. Winners for each competitive category were chosen by the festival’s specially selected jury, and received a unique statuette at the Awards Gala on Sunday, Aug. 12 during a dinner ceremony that took place on the rooftop penthouse of the world-famous Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

And the winners were:

Best Feature Narrative: “Virginia, Minnesota” (Dir. Daniel Stine)

Best Documentary: “Beneath the Ink” (Dir. Cy Dodson)

Best Short Film: “88 Cents” (Dir. Tyler Pina)

Best Experimental/Animation/Music Video: “Baby You’re Like A Drug” (Dir. Joshua Butler)

Best Webseries: “After Oil” (Dir. Shailyn Cotten and Jessica Naftaly)

Audience Choice Award, Best Feature: “Sushi Tushi or How Asia Butted Into American Pro Football” (Dir. Ziad Hamzeh)

Audience Choice Award, Best Short: “St. Joseph” (Dir. Kathrina Miccio)

Best Director: Bizhan Tong (“The Escort”)

Best Actress: Gus Birney (“Darcy”)

Best Actor: Phelim Drew (“Bless Me Father”)

Best Supporting Actress: Megan Bones (“Rooster and the Queen”)

Best Supporting Actor: Robert Sheehan (“The Song of Sway Lake”)

Best Screenplay: Carlotta Summers (“Butterflies”)

Best Cinematography: Jakob Creutzburg (“Whales”)

Best Editing: Ian MacDougall (“The Doctor’s Case”)

Best Sound Editing: Jesse Peterson (“Another Girl”)

Best Makeup & FX: Melissa Center (“R.V”)

The weather held up!  The Gala attendees enjoyed incredible night featuring an amazing 180° view of Queens and all it’s major landmarks atop the penthouse of Terrace on the Park.  Filmmakers and special guests in attendance had the opportunity to network and enjoy a delicious dinner as we announced the winners from over 15 categories!