FFF Triumph

by enzian
April 22, 2010 8:46 AM
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It's all over but the clean-up, thank-yous, and recuperation, but by all measures and feedback it seems that the 19th annual Florida Film Festival that concluded on Sunday the 18th was certainly the best one yet. 165 films (55 features, including our special sneak preview, and 110 shorts), over 25 sell-outs, more than 100 filmmakers and industry reps, a solid increase in both attendance and film ticket sales and packages, and even an alcohol and drug-induced freak-out by an audience member during the admittedly grotesque ORANUS, our first-ever film from Estonia and the closer of the International Animated Shorts program. Well...we always say we want festival films to inspire a reaction or conversation...

Here's the rundown of all of this year's award winners, including the two international ones announced post-festival:

Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature:

WINTER’S BONE, directed by Debra Granik

Special Jury Award for Narrative Filmmaking:

HOMEWRECKER, directed by Brad and Todd Barnes

Nestle® Cranberry Raisinets® Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature:

DON’T LET ME DROWN, directed by Cruz Angeles

Nestle® Cranberry Raisinets ® Audience Award for Best International Feature

THE TOPP TWINS: UNTOUCHABLE GIRLS, directed by Leanne Pooley (New Zealand)

Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature:

HOW TO FOLD A FLAG, directed by Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein

Special Jury Award for Documentary Filmmaking:

BEST WORST MOVIE, directed by Michael Paul Stephenson

Nestle® Cranberry Raisinets ® Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature:

RACING DREAMS, directed by Marshall Curry

Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short:

THE POODLE TRAINER, directed by Vance Malone

Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short:

TOUCH, directed by Jen McGowan

Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short:

THE COW WHO WANTED TO BE A HAMBURGER, directed by Bill Plympton

Special Jury Award for Outstanding Performance:

Jonathan Orsini, CIGARETTE CANDY, directed by Lauren Wolkstein

Nestle® Cranberry Raisinets ® Audience Award for Best Short Film:

MUSIC BY PRUDENCE, directed by Roger Ross Williams

Nestle® Cranberry Raisinets ® Audience Award for Best International Short:

RUNAWAY, directed by Cordell Barker (Canada)

Congratulations to all of the winners and humongous thanks to all of our patrons, sponsors, filmmakers, volunteers, and special guests who helped make these 10 days in April so special and memorable. We look forward to seeing everyone next year, March 25 - April 3, to help us celebrate numero 20!

--Matthew

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