Awards for 2009

Audience Award

Best Documentary Feature

WINNER

Best Narrative Feature

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New Voices/New Visions Grand Jury Prize

WINNER

Hooked: Adrian Sitaru
For its extraordinary power and utility in portraying fascinating characters engaged in a highly compelling dynamic, relying on pure raw talent behind the superb writing, acting and direction, and all achieved on a Dogme budget.

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New Voices/New Visions Special Jury Mention

WINNER

Rain: Maria Govan
For its vision of the Bahamas rarely seen before by director Maria Govan and cinematographer Martina Radwan with special performances by Renel Brown and Nikki Micheaux.

Breakthrough Performance Award

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John Schlesinger Award

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Bridging the Borders Award

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Spotlight Award

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Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing

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Rising Star Award

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Sonny Bono Visionary Award

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Chairman's Award

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Dustin Hoffman
For career achievement.

Desert Palm Achievement Award

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Career Achievement Award

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Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ron Howard
For directing.

FIPRESCI Prize

Best Actor

WINNER

The Necessities of Life: Natar Ungalaaq
Though not a trained actor, Natar Ungalaaq brings rare warmth and icy clarity to his role as an Inuit hunter culturally and emotionally marooned in at TB hospital in 1940's Quebec.

Best Actress

WINNER

Lion's Den: Martina Gusman
Martina Gusman masters every scene of Lion's Den, expressing extreme emotions with restrained intensity and subtly conveying her character's transformation from passivity to power over the course of her ordeal.

Best Foreign Language Film

WINNER

Revanche: Götz Spielmann
Revanche from Austria is the suspenseful story of a heist whose unexpected repercussions radiate out with satisfying moral complexity.

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