March 14, 2010 – Sara Barton
NYICFF 2010 closing ceremony was held for one time only at the Times Center located on 41st. It’s a beautiful building displaying the wonders of modern architecture, a sight to behold.
Eric Beckman, co-director of NYICFF began the ceremony by welcoming the audience. He then gave an extra special thanks to co-director/wife, Emily Shapiro, and the volunteers “for their tireless efforts” to make this event possible.
As the award ceremony rolled on, HSBC then announced the winner of grand prize, a flip cam, which went to two lucky audience members. To win the HSBC grand prize, all one has to do is simply attend a screening at NYICFF, and then fill out a form. ( see winner’s list below) The surprises continued as Alex and Nat Wolff from the Naked Brothers Band made a cameo appearance, delighting the audience with their hilarious antics.
After viewing the winning films, each member of the audience received a special gift, official NYICFF swag. Like all NYICFF traditions that make this festival unique, it’s customary for audience members to receive a bag of swag at the closing ceremony.
This year’s swag featured an NYICFF tote bag with the space monster from the film, The Terrible Thing of Alpha 9, (in the Heebie Jeebies short film completion), Hayao Miyazaki DVD’s,including Ponyo, sponsor samples, and much more.
Thanks to the luxurious open space, the reception was a wonderful opportunity for audience members to get a chance to talk to the film makers and several other VIP’s. I bumped into voice-over-actress, Veronica Taylor, who I interviewed in July 2009. It turns out she’s been a long time supporter of NYICFF, she was also a special guest at NYICFF 3rdannual Food & Film benefit. It was great seeing her again.
This maybe the “official closing ceremony”, but the festival isn’t over, for the first time NYICFF will be holding an encore week; and will later start showing regular screening at the IFC center.
The magic continues, so get your tickets now.
After the ceremony, I was invited by director,Tomm Moore to hang out with NYICFF directors Eric Beckman and Emily Shapiro, staff, and friends. We headed to the hideaway, located on Duane Street, where they make wonderful fries severed with homemade chipotle ketchup. I discovered that Mr. Beckman has an uncanny sense of humor. It’s a great to ending, as Samurai Beat Radio says goodbye to the NYICFF 2010; were looking forward to next year. This is Sara Barton, signing off.
The Winners of the NYICFF 2010 are:
NYICFF GRAND PRIZE FEATURE: In the Attic, Jiri Barta
NYICFF GRAND PRIZE SHORT FILM: See You, dir. Jesper Rasmussen
NYICFF SPECIAL JURY AWARD: Six Dollar Fifty Man, Albiston/Sutherland
HSBC ENVIRONMENTAL FILM AWARD: Varmints, Marc Craste
AUDIENCE AWARD, PARENTS: Happy Duckling, Gili Dolev
AUDIENCE AWARD, AGES 3-6: Lost and Found, Philip Hunt
AUDIENCE AWARD, AGES 5-10: Runaway, Cordell Barker
AUDIENCE AWARD, AGES 8-14: A Film About Poo, Wilkins/Emi
AUDIENCE AWARD, AGES 12-18: See You, Jesper Rasmussen
New York Int’l Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) main website: