Gallery > 12th Avignon/New York Film Festival Closing Night: New York City (23)

November 19, 2006: Quantock client, the Avignon/New York Film Festival, concluded its twelfth edition in the manner it had opened -- with wine, food, humor and camaraderie that lasted into the early hours. The eagerly awaited Closing Night film, “Romance and Cigarettes” by John Turturro, was presented to a large and appreciative audience at the Kaye Playhouse. The screening was preceded by a stirring awards ceremony conducted by festival founder-president, Jerry Rudes. The 21st Century Filmmaker Award for Best US Feature went to “JailCity” by Daniel Eberle of Brooklyn; France’s Zakia Tahri & Ahmed Bouchaala won Best European Feature with “For the Love of God” (“Pour l’amour de Dieu”), and Joshua Faudem’s “Blues by the Beach” received the Pierre Salinger Award for Documentary Filmmaking. The short film category saw the award for Best US Short go to Ken Kimmelman for “Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana”. Matteo Minetto of Paris, competing in his debut festival, collected the award for Best European Short with “Intimità”. (Event photography by Nik Rocklin for Quantock)