The 2015 Gold Coast International Film Festival took place November 9 – 15, 2015 in venues throughout the north shore of Long Island, and as always it was an exciting week of films, parties, filmmaker Q&As, and glamour attended in droves by a cross section of communities and cultures. Once again many award winning actors and directors joined us including multiple Academy Award winners and nominees, Emmy winners, Golden Globe nominees and Sundance and Hamptons Film Festival winners.
Here are the Gold Coast Intl Film Festival 2015 Winners:
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Audience Award for Best Documentary
Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
We Are Twisted F*cking Sister
Audience Award for Best Short Film
Jury Award for Best Short Film
Tender Stories No. 1
Jury Award for Best Student Short Film
This, the fifth anniversary of the Festival, featured over 60 films and dozens of filmmakers at screenings and events in venues throughout the Town of North Hempstead region, including Soundview Cinemas in Port Washington, the Bow Tie Cinemas in Great Neck/Port Washington/ Manhasset/ Roslyn, the Gold Coast Arts Center in Great Neck and the campus of LIU Post.
The Festival kicked off with an intimate conversation with award-winning writer, director and producer Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) held on the campus of LIU Post. This event, moderated by Comedian Bill McCuddy, included a special screening of Spurlock’s new short film CRAFTED.
Attending Filmmakers included: award-winning director/producer/screenwriter, Morgan Spurlock; actor Lou Diamond Phillips, star of Showtime’s Homeland, Navid Negahban; Patricia Riggen, director of the new Warner Brothers film The 33, starring Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche and Lou Diamond Phillips; award winning filmmakers Michael Cuesta (Emmy winning Exec. Producer of Homeland) Rick Goldsmith (two time Academy Award nominee), Yael Melamede (Academy Award winner) and Andrew Horn; WNBA superstar Chamique Holdsclaw; several members of the band Twisted Sister who joined us for the US premiere of a new film about their rise to fame, Emmy-winning journalist Kristin Thorne – plus many more filmmakers and special guests such as Michael Landers, the Long Island ping-pong champion featured in the film Top Spin.
Films this year showcased Hollywood’s best actors including Richard Gere, Oliver Platt, Rene Russo, Jason Sudeikis, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Walken, Amber Heard and many more industry stars. Award-winning films from the world’s most prestigious festivals (Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca) were screened, plus over 25 incredible short films, with Q&As with visiting shorts filmmakers. Once again we offered FREE tickets to all screenings for veterans and current military personnel, courtesy of 1-800-Flowers.com and had a sold out “Family Film Day” at Gold Coast Arts Center. Also this year, for the first time we showcased the best in young filmmakers with our Young Filmmakers Program! Additionally, filmmakers and attendees were able to take part in a special “NY Loves Film” round table discussion with the NY State Film Office as well.
For more information on the festival and year round programming, visit www.goldcoastfilmfestival.org