Yesterday both the Provincetown Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival announced the recipients of their awards and women won big. Both festivals honored several women directed and women centric films.
At Provincetown, Haute Cuisine, the story of Daniele Delpeuche who was the private chef to the French President Francois Mitterrand, won the audience best narrative feature award. The award for audience best documentary feature went to Twenty Feet From Stardom, about the women who dominate the world of backup singers.
Two women directed films also won--Selina Trieff Will Not Stop directed by Marnie Crawford Samuelson received the the audience award for best short and Whoopi Goldberg's directorial debut Moms Mabley: I Got Somethin' To Tell You won the John Schlesinger Award given to a first time director.
In Los Angeles, at the Los Angeles Film Festival, the best performance in the narrative competition went to Geetanjali Thapa, for her role in I.D., as a woman who is attempting to find out the identity of an unconscious worker. Women directed and centric films also won some of the major audience awards. One of our favorites from SXSW, Short Term '12 starring Brie Larson as a foster care worker won the audience award. Wadjda, directed by Haifaa Al Mansour (the first feature from a Saudi woman director), won for best international feature. And the engrossing and inspiring American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, directed by Grace Lee, won the audience award for best documentary.
'Haute Cuisine' Wins Audience Award at Provincetown Film Festival (The Hollywood Reporter)