Saturday, April 23, 2011

Florida Film Festival Award Winners

Posted By on Sat, Apr 23, 2011 at 7:02 PM

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Yes, sorry that we were a bit lazy with this (I had a few computer problems this week).

After 10 days of film screenings, Q&As, food and parties, the 20th Annual Florida Film Festival award winners were announced on Wednesday.

I personally haven't seen any of these as none of them were assigned to me, so I can't comment on them.

You can see our full rundown of reviews by clicking here.

FEATURE FILMS:

Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature

THE HAPPY POET, directed by Paul Gordon

Special Jury Award for Outstanding Debut Performance

Joslyn Jensen in WITHOUT, directed by Mark Jackson

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

HAMILL, directed by Oren Kaplan

Audience Award for Best International Feature

INCENDIES, directed by Denis Villeneuve

DOCUMENTARIES

Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature

MADE IN INDIA, directed by Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha

Special Jury Award for Documentary Filmmaking

STUFF, directed by Lawrence Johnson

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

LOUDER THAN A BOMB, directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel

Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short

MINKA, directed by Davina Pardo

SHORT FILMS

Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short

WEST OF THE MOON, directed by Brent Bonacorso

Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short

BOTTLE, directed by Kirsten Lepore

Special Jury Award for Short Filmmaking

AFTER THE SNOW, directed by Brooke Sebold

Audience Award for Best Short Film

THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE, directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

Audience Award for Best International Short

PIXELS, directed by Patrick Jean

Here is the whole press release:

Orlando, FL – (April 20, 2011) – Following 10 days, 165 films, and tens of thousands of moviegoers, the 20th annual Florida Film Festival, sponsored by Full Sail University, came to a close last weekend with a highly anticipated awards reception recognizing the best in American independent and foreign film.

“This year’s award winners reflect the incredible diversity and vitality of indie filmmaking from the U.S. and abroad,” said Matthew Curtis, programming director. “We have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to program some extraordinary new works of cinema, and see audiences who have embraced the unexpected while being both challenged and wholeheartedly entertained.”

“Congratulations to all of the award winners and to the Florida Film Festival for sharing yet another year of extraordinary and inspiring independent film with our students and the community,” said Rick Ramsey, Full Sail University’s Director of Visual Arts. “As primary sponsor, we were honored to join Enzian in celebrating the creativity and impact that the festival provides.”

The jury and audience award winners of the 2011 Florida Film Festival in the American Independent and International Feature Film, Documentary, and Short Film categories are as follows:

FEATURE FILMS

Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature

THE HAPPY POET, directed by Paul Gordon

Award Winners, continued.

Special Jury Award for Outstanding Debut Performance

Joslyn Jensen in WITHOUT, directed by Mark Jackson

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

HAMILL, directed by Oren Kaplan

Audience Award for Best International Feature

INCENDIES, directed by Denis Villeneuve

DOCUMENTARIES

Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature

MADE IN INDIA, directed by Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha

Special Jury Award for Documentary Filmmaking

STUFF, directed by Lawrence Johnson

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature

LOUDER THAN A BOMB, directed by Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel

Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short

MINKA, directed by Davina Pardo

SHORT FILMS

Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short

WEST OF THE MOON, directed by Brent Bonacorso

Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short

BOTTLE, directed by Kirsten Lepore

Special Jury Award for Short Filmmaking

AFTER THE SNOW, directed by Brooke Sebold

Audience Award for Best Short Film

THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE, directed by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg

Audience Award for Best International Short

PIXELS, directed by Patrick Jean

For more information, or to request high-resolution images, please contact Jordana Meade at jmeade@enzian.org, or by calling (407) 644-5625 ×327.

The Florida Film Festival is the premier showcase in Central Florida for American independent and international film. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Festival debuted in 1992 and is a core program of ENZIAN, a nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1985. ENZIAN and the Florida Film Festival have served more than 1.5 million guests and hosted hundreds of notable celebrities including Paul Newman, Christopher Walken, Oliver Stone, Glenn Close, John Waters, Emma Stone, Campbell Scott, James Caan, Ed Burns, Jason Lee, Gena Rowlands, William H. Macy, Jon Voight and Edward James Olmos. The Festival is funded in part by national and local businesses and receives support from United Arts of Central Florida and the State of Florida, Department of the State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, this project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.

Full Sail University (www.fullsail.edu) has been recognized as an award-winning institution with over 34,500 alumni, and has served as an educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment media industry. Graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy® and GRAMMY®-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tours. Full Sail currently offers 33 campus and online degree programs and proudly welcomes over 13,000 students from 50 states and 49 countries.


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