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‘Philomena’ Snags Audience Award at Hamptons Film Festival

'Desert Runners' win documentary aud award, while Clio Barnard's latest snags a juried prize

Stephen Frears’ “Philomena” and Jennifer Steinman’s doc “Desert Runners” snagged the audience awards at this year’s Hamptons Film Festival, which wrapped its five-day run with a kudo ceremony Oct. 14.

Juried prizes went to Clio Barnard’s “The Selfish Giant,” scoring the Golden Starfish Narrative Feature trophy, while the juried doc award went to Ryan McGarry’s “Code Black.”

Philomena,” which bowed at the Venice Film Festival and is queued up for a Nov. 22 release from the Weinstein Company, stars Steve Coogan and Judi Dench in the story of a journalist who picks up the story of a woman whose out-of-wedlock infant son was taken from her years ago by Catholic nuns. “Desert Runners,” which premiered in Edinburgh earlier this year, follows a group of ultra-athletes completing in grueling races.

Sundance Selects will release “Selfish Giant,” a modern-day adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s kids’ story of the same name. “Code Black,” meanwhile, centers on a trauma bay in an inner-city emergency room.

The Hamptons fest award for best short went to Gudmundur A. Gudmundsson’s “Whale Valley,” and a kudo for female narrative filmmaker went to Shana Betz for her film “Free Ride.” A special prize was given to the ensemble cast of Shubhashish Bhutiani’s “Kush.”

Awards ceremony wraps up a fest that included local bows for a number of festival-circuit faves including “12 Years a Slave” and “August: Osage County.” The 21st annual event ran Oct. 10-14 in a handful of Long Island venues.

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