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‘Saint’ is blessed at Hamptons fest

Pic also takes Kodak Award, Zicherman Family Foundation Award

Joseph M. Castelo’s “American Saint” snagged the Golden Starfish Award for best fiction film as the ninth annual Hamptons Intl. Film Festival closed Saturday night.

Award is worth more than $180,000 in goods and in-kind services to be used toward Castelo’s next feature. In addition, pic took the Kodak Award for cinematographer and the Zicherman Family Foundation Award for screenwriter; it also was selected to be eligible for the Perrier Bubbling Under Award.

Golden Starfish Award for documentary went to “Promises,” directed by Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg and Carlos Bolado. Jury awarded a special citation to director Wonsuk Chin’s “E Dreams.”

“Vessel Wrestling” and “Member” tied for the IFC’s best short award.

Dan & Ewa Abraham and Tammy Abraham Award for films of conflict and resolution went to Srdan Vuletic’s Bosnian film “Hop, Skip & Jump.”

Michael Apted won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Prize in science and technology for his pic “Enigma.” Upon accepting the award, Apted said he has donated his $25,000 award to the American Red Cross.

Student film awards went to grad students Victor Buhler (“Chaperon”), Goran Dukic (“How I Saved the World”), Zack Resnicoff (“The Clearing”) and Bryan Norton (“Tomorrow’s Bacon”). Undergrad winners were Patrick Daughters (“In Life We Soar”), Robbie Pickering (“One Quiet Suburban Night”), Eric Rolnick (“The Truce”) and Jesse Peyronel (“Swimming Out to Holly”).

Audience favorite awards were presented at the closing night party by fest executive director Denise Kasell and co-directors of programming Linda Blackaby and Lynda Hansen. The feature nod went to Lone Scherfig’s “Italian for Beginners,” doc kudos to Max L. Raab’s “Strut.” Favorite short was Birgitte Staermose Mortensen’s “Now, Look at Me.”

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