Lost Years Wins Best of the Best at International Film Festival Manhattan 2013

Lost Years Director/Producer Kenda Gee

Lost Years” wins two awards, “Best Documentary” and “Best of the Best”, at the International Film Festival Manhattan NYC. Lost Years also receives a 3rd award, for Film Achievement & Social advocacy, at an Award Ceremony co-sponsored by IFFM NYC and the Mt. Hope Project. Lost Years is a 2011 documentary directed by Kenda Gee and Tom Radford. Gee and Radford began work on the film in late 1999, taking twelve years to fully research the movie.

LOST YEARS is an epic documentary touching upon 150 years of the Chinese diaspora in Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia, covering four generations of racism as revealed through the journey and family story of Kenda Gee. Kenda, a Chinese Canadian, travels with his father to China to retrace the steps of his great-grandfather, exactly a century ago, and grandfather, who sailed to Canada in the summer of 1921. For thousands of Chinese immigrants that year, it was a journey of hope that turned into a nightmare when they were confronted with racism and the head tax, depriving them of their rights as citizens.

Below is the full list of the award winners and honorable mentions at International Film Festival Manhattan 2013.

Film Festival Director Awards

Honorable Mention Short Films
“Different” Claire McCarthy
“The Morning After” Dir: Daryl Denner
“Sins” Dir: Ev Wolff / Prod: Crystal Stevens
“Mr Real 2 Reel” Dir: Micaal Stevens
“Mga Liham Mula sa Alaska” (Letters from Alaska) Dir: Roberto Reyes Ang

Best Student Film
“Will You Marry Me” Dir: Jameelah Rose del Prado Lineses

Best Music Video
“20/20” (Pupil/Ely Buendia) Dir: Jason Tan / Prod Diane Ventura

Best Cinematography
“Subway Memories” DP: Josephus Tudtud

Best Indie Producer
“Save the Putnam Nature Trail” Prod: Will Sanchez / Vanessa Corwin

Best Ensemble Cast Short
Cast of “Defective” Dir: Gerard Mendez

Best Ensemble Cast Feature
Cast of “Lilet Never Happened” Dir: Jacco Groen

Best Actor
Roni Mazumdar “The Word Trader”

Best Actress
Sean Young “Send No Flowers”

Best Director Short
Sean Lynch “Game Night”

Best Director US Feature
Fred Carpenter “Send No Flowers”

Best Director Global Feature
Jacco Groen “Lilet Never Happened”

Best Short Film
“Not Fade Away” Dir: Rodney Reyes / Prod: Steven Williams

Best Feature Film
“Stand Off” Dir: Chris Notarile / Prod Ralph Henriquez

Best Documentary
“Lost Years” Dir: Kenda Gee

Best of the Best of IFFM 2013
“Lost Years” Dir: Kenda Gee / Tom Radford

Mount Hope Project Award Achievement in Filmmaking and Social Advocacy
“Lost Years” Dir: Kenda Gee / Tom Radford

Mount Hope Project Award Achievement in Filmmaking and Social Advocacy
“Lilet Never Happened Dir: Jacco Groen


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