Slideshow: Saturday at HIFF29

Saturday was a full day of premieres, awards, special guests, and so much more.

Filmmakers and guests gathered in the morning for our annual Signature Programs Brunch, sponsored by the Suffolk County Film Commission, and then it was one impactful screening after another.

After an emotional and intimate Q&A with Selma Blair following the East Coast Premiere of INTRODUCING, SELMA BLAIR, director Rachel Fleit was awarded the New York Women in Film & Television Directing Award, honoring outstanding female filmmakers who have demonstrated exceptional artistic vision and dedication to their craft. Actor Kodi Smit-McPhee and cinematographer Ari Wegner were in Q&A following Jane Campion‘s THE POWER OF THE DOG.

The afternoon brought three more East Coast Premieres: A powerful conversation about the important work being done to stop the brutal killing of rhinoceroses followed the Compassion, Justice + Animal Rights screening of THE LAST HORNS OF AFRICA; CYRANO with director Joe Wright was a resounding fan favorite; and star Clifton Collins, Jr. joined director Clint Bentley and producer Nancy Schafer after JOCKEY.

Both the Narrative and Documentary Competition Short Films had full houses at Sag Harbor Cinema, with several emerging filmmakers in attendance. Rev Run (DJ Run) walked the red carpet at the East Coast Premiere of SPENCER, and director Penny Lane engaged with a highly entertained audience after the New York Premiere of her delightful documentary LISTENING TO KENNY G.

Thanks to Audi and Chantecaille for sponsoring so many of these wonderful films.