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2011 Melbourne Underground Film Festival: Award Winners

31 August 2011 11:23 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

Movies were destroyed and awards given to the destructors at the 12th annual Melbourne Underground Film Festival, which was held back on Aug. 19-28.

The Best Film of the fest, as chosen by jury head Jimmy the Exploder in in consultation with The Muff team, was the controversial A Serbian Film by Srdjan Spasojevic, which has been banned in some parts of the country, but now available on DVD in others.

Other big winners are: Larry Wessel who took home Best Director and Best Documentary for his epic 4-hour profile of cult figure Boyd Rice, Iconoclast (Watch the trailer.); Viva Bianca and Hanna Mangan Lawrence appropriately shared the Best Actress award for their starring roles in Jon Hewitt‘s X (Watch the trailer); and John V. Soto”s Needle took home numerous awards such as Best Actor (Michael Dorman), Best Cinematography (D.P. Stephen F. Windon), Best Poster (Horror Version) and the Special Jury Prize. »

- Mike Everleth

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Oxford Film Festival 2011 | Preview

6 February 2011 9:20 PM, PST | SmellsLikeScreenSpirit | See recent SmellsLikeScreenSpirit news »

Unfortunately, Smells Like Screen Spirit could not find affordable enough airfare to get us to Oxford, Mississippi for the eighth annual Oxford Film Festival on February 10 - 13, 2011. Off 2011 is scheduled to host 13 world premieres, three national premieres, 33 regional premieres, and ten Mississippi well as other notable “spotlight films" -- it will just have to go on without us. The festival's special guest will be Les Blank, who will screen his 1980 short film Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, on opening night. Michael Adams, author of the recently released book Showgirls, Teen Wolves and Astro Zombies: A Film Critic's Year-Long Quest to Find the Worst Movie Ever Made, will also be in attendance. Several people told me last year to keep an eye on the up and coming Oxford Film Festival, and after seeing their 2011 program I understand why. Here is a breakdown of some of the films screening at »

- Don Simpson

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