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Awards of the Inaugural edition - 2014

For the Feature Film Competiton winner.
A week-long run of the winning film at the Quad Cinema courtesy of Elliott Kanbar and the QuadFlix Select Program.
For Documentary films running from 50' to feature length.
A VOD - DVD distribution deal from
Cinema Libre Studio of Los Angeles
Best scriptwriting prize will be presented to the winning script amongst the ones submitted to the festival. Recognized by a certificate for downloading the laterst edition of the scriptwriting software.
The festival presents the Vanya Exerjian award to a film that raises awareness towards violence against women and girls, in commemoration of Founding Artistic Director Nora Armani’s late cousin and uncle, victims of a violent hate crime. 
The Empowering Women and Girls award was jointly presented by Her Excellency Simona Miculescu, Ambassador of Romania to the UN Permanent Mission and Founding Artistic Director Nora Armani
WFCC (Women Film Critics Circle) Award
The 5 member WFCC festival jury is currently in deliberations!
  • Karen Benardello:,, Yahoo! Voices
  • Chloe Glickman: Arts Express Radio Syndicate
  • S. Jhoanna Robledo: Common Sense Media, NY Magazine
  • Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi: King’s Road Magazine, British Foreign Press Association, Filmagazine
  • Debra Wallace: Pop Culture Madness, New York Cool, Time Out Moscow
Stay tuned,
Prairie Miller, WBAI Pacifica Radio, Arts Express
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Festival Laurels

Designed and donated by Michael Aram
The SR special award for Empowering Women and Gilrs is presented to a film that raises awareness towards violence against women and girls.
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