FFF Grand Jury Winners Return

by Matthew Curtis
August 29, 2008 10:10 AM
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In a curious turn of events or simply wonderful coincidence, it appears that all three of the 2008 Florida Film Festival Grand Jury Award winners in the Shorts categories (Narrative, Documentary, and Animation) will be back on Enzian's screen this Fall, as well as the Best Narrative Feature winner. First up will be Alex Holdridge's lovely and hilarious Best Feature, IN SEARCH OF A MIDNIGHT KISS, tentatively scheduled to open September 19. This smart romantic comedy is the only one of the award winners we actuallly had control of bringing back, since the shorts were at the mercy of the curators of their respective programs.

Next on the horizon is Signe Baumane's "explicitly educational" series, TEAT BEAT OF SEX," winner of Best Animated Short, which will be one of only two American selections in the 11th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. The festival will be utilizing Episodes #8 - 11, the losing-her-virginity story arc that had its North American Premiere at FFF in early April, and will play Enzian on Tuesday, September 23 at 6:30 PM. More on the just-announced complete lineup later...

And finally, Myna Joseph's powerful and unsettling sister story, MAN, winner of the Best Narrative Short (automatically qualifying it for next year's Oscars in the category of Best Live Action Short), and Daniel Robin's haunting look at his parents' marriage, MY OLYMPIC SUMMER, the Best Documentary Short, will both return in the same program on Wednesday, December 3. These are but two of the amazing films in the Sundance Art House Project Shorts program, a collection of some of the best short films from last year's Sundance that happens to include not only the aforementioned FFF Grand Jury Award winners, but two other outstanding FFF vets as well--the Bill Murray-starring FCU: FACT CHECKERS UNIT and the Australian shocker, SPIDER. More on the complete program of this one later as well...

In the meantime, have a safe and restful Labor Day weekend.

--Matthew

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