The Hamptons International Film Festival announced today that Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game will be the recipient of this year's Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, and recently picked up the People's Choice Award at TIFF after bowing at the Telluride Film Festival. The film was previously supported by the Sloan Foundation as part of their partnership with the Tribeca Film Institute. The film will be released by The Weinstein Company on November 21, 2014.
Doron Weber, Vice President of Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, said of the prize: "We are delighted to join our wonderful partners at HIFF for our fifteenth year together to award the 2014 Sloan Feature Film Prize to Morten Tyldum's moving film about the pioneering—and persecuted—Alan Turing. Turing was a brilliant mathematician and logician who made seminal contributions to computer science and artificial intelligence and whose remarkable skills as a cryptanalyst helped win World War II, yet he was also a victim of discrimination who died tragically. Many people have tried to bring this important story to the screen, but The Imitation Game, which Sloan previously supported in its post-production phase and features a bravura lead performance, is the first to succeed and we are thrilled to honor this impressive cinematic achievement.”
The Imitation Game screens at HIFF on October 11 followed by a panel discussion featuring Dan Guido, co-founder and CEO of Trail of Bits, an information security firm, and the Hacker in Residence at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and Janna Levin, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard/Columbia.