Seattle fest announces winners

Seattle fest announces winners
George Ovashvili's "The Other Bank" was awarded the grand jury's New Directors Showcase Award and Barbara Schroeder's "talhotblond" was the documentary grand jury winner at the 35th International Seattle Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.

The doc jury also awarded a special jury prize to Yoshio Harada's "Manhole Children."

The Golden Space Needle Audience Award for best film went to Scott Sanders' "Black Dynamite." First runner-up was Benoit Pilon's "The Necessities of Life," with runner-up awards also going to: second runner-up: Marc Webb's "(500) Days of Summer"; third (tie): Kevin Hamedani's "Zmd: Zombies of Mass Destruction" and Lucy Akhurst's "Morris: A Life with Bells On"; and fourth: Philipp Stolzl's "North Face."

Louie Psihoyos' "The Cove" took home the Golden Space Needle Award for best documentary.

Runners-up were: Sandy Cioffi's "Sweet Crude"; Sarah Kunstler and Emily Kunstler's "William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe"; James D. Stern
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'Passchendaele' tops Canada's Genies

'Passchendaele' tops Canada's Genies
Toronto -- Canadian actress Kristin Booth on Saturday night managed to bypass efforts by the Genies, Canada's film awards, to bleep out the infamous homegrown film title "Young People Fucking" from the nationwide telecast.


"I'm so fucking excited," Booth blurted out as she accepted the Genie trophy for best supporting actress for her role in the indie comedy after Global Television edited the swear word when listing the nominees, and presenter Jayne Eastwood only said "Young People ..." when announcing Booth as the winner.

Martin Gero's "Young People Fucking" last year led Canada's Conservative government to introduce a film censorship bill that it later withdrew after a public backlash.

Also on Saturday night, Paul Gross' war epic "Passchendaele" picked up six Genies, including best film and a slew of craft awards.

"Passchendaele" also earned the Golden Reel Award as Canadian film's top boxoffice earner in 2008.

And Quebec director Benoit
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Palm Springs International Film Festival Announces Winners!

The 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival was a huge success! The Opening Night Gala was well-attended, and there were many A-list celebrities including Clint Eastwood, Anne Hathaway, etc.

But it's all about the quality of films! And last night, the festival honored films around the world.

The Festival, held from January 6-19, 2009, screened 208 films from 73 countries, including 50 of the 67 foreign entries for this year.s Academy Awards®. Palm Springs. increasingly popular Festival continues to expand its diverse programming of quality independent and foreign films, setting the stage for the year.s film festival circuit.


This year.s Festival attendees selected Departures (Japan) directed by Yojiro Takita, as the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. A failed cellist connects with his inner undertaker, his rural hometown, and his newly deceased father in this tonally eccentric, lushly scored, moving drama. The film is on the Academy Awards® shortlist
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