Monday, April 6, 2009

Film Festival Winners announced

Here's a round-up of film winners during the 11th annual Sarasota Film Festival, which ended Sunday.

The Sarasota Film Festival, in partnership with the companies Film Movement and First Run Features, presented our very first feature film competitions that carry distribution prizes. The eight films in the Best Documentary Competition competed for a US Distribution deal with First Run Features, the acclaimed North American distributor of daring independent, foreign and non-fiction films. The Best Narrative Feature winner will receive an offer for US Distribution from Film Movement, the full-service North American distributor of critically acclaimed and award-winning independent and foreign films.

The 2009 Sarasota Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Award, Presented by Film Movement and BAMcinematek was presented by Film Movement’s Rebeca Conget and Richard Schiff to – The Maid directed by Sebasti├ín Silva.

Special Jury Prize – Children of Invention directed by Tze Chun.

Special Jury Prize for Cinematography - Nurse. Fighter. Boy directed by Charles Officer, with cinematography by Steve Cosens.

The winning film receives a DVD/VOD/Educational/Television and "first look" theatrical offer from Film Movement. In addition, the film will be screened in New York at BAMcinematek, presented by the Sarasota Film Festival and Film Movement. The Jury for the 2009 Sarasota Film Festival Best Narrative Feature Award, presented by Film Movement and BAMcinematek includes: Rebeca Conget, Film Movement; Adley Gartenstein, Film Movement; and Mike Maggiore, Film Forum.

The 2009 Sarasota Film Festival Best Documentary Feature Award, Presented by First Run Features
was presented by First Run Features’ Marc Mauceri and Steve Buscemi to - Winnebago Man directed by Ben Steinbauer.

Special Jury Prize for Cinematography - Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same directed and shot by Jody Lee Lipes.

The winning film receives a DVD/VOD/Educational/Television and "first look" theatrical offer from First Run Features, and a screening in the Fall 2009 “Stranger Than Fiction” line-up, held at the IFC Center in Manhattan. Jury members for the SFF documentary competition include: Florence Almozini, BAMcinematek; Karina Longworth, Spout.com; Marc Mauceri, First Run Features.

The ­2009 Sarasota Film Festival Audience Awards­ were also presented at the event. The audience awards were presented by Cinetic Rights Management’s Matt Dentler and SFF Programmer Holly Herrick.

2009 Audience Award For Best Narrative Feature - That Evening Sun directed by Scott Teems.

2009 Audience Award For Best Documentary Feature - Over The Hills And Far Away directed by Michel O. Scott.

2009 Audience Award For Best In World Cinema - Nurse. Fighter. Boy directed by Charles Officer.

The 2009 Sarasota Film Festival Audience Award for Best Short Film will receive a standard Cinetic Rights Management offer for VOD from CRM. - Second Guessing Grandma directed by Bob Giraldi.

In addition to the current partnerships with Film Movement, First Run Features and Cinetic Rights Media, the Sarasota Film Festival is partnering with Indiepix as the Official DVD and Download Partner of the 2009 Sarasota Film Festival. The Sarasota Film Festival website has launched an online DVD store hosted by Indiepix. DVDs of Official Selections from past Sarasota Film Festivals will be available for purchase on the site, as well as films recommended by the festival.

Save the date: The 12 annual Sarasota Film Festival is set for April 9-18, 2010.

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