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Beasts director Benh Zeitlin triumphs at Gothams

Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) executives announced the winners of the 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at a ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on Monday night [26].

Beasts Of The Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin [pictured at right with stars Quvenzhane Wallis and Dwight Henry] was honoured with the Breakthrough Director and inaugural The Bingham Ray Award, which carries a camera package from Panavision valued at $60,000 and a $10,000 cash prize.

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom was named best feature while David France’s How To Survive A Plague is the best documentary winner. See below for full winners’ list.

An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty won the Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You award, which includes a theatrical release package including a one-week run at Cinema Village in New York City, advertising support in the New York Times and a $15,000 cash award from The Royal Bank Of Canada.

The euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live The Dream’ grant carries a $25,000 cash award for an alumna of IFP’s Independent Filmmaker Labs.

The 22nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Award winners are:

Best Feature: Moonrise Kingdom

Best Documentary: How To Survive A Plague

Best Ensemble Performance: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt and Mark Duplass, Your Sister’s Sister

Breakthrough Actor: Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle Of Nowhere

Breakthrough Director: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Best Film Not Playing At A Theater Near You: An Oversimplification Of Her Beauty

Gotham Independent Film Audience Award: Artifact

Euphoria Calvin Klein Spotlight On Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ Grant: Stacie Passon for her upcoming film Concussion

The Bingham Ray Award: Benh Zeitlin, Beasts Of The Southern Wild.

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