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Women Directors and Women-Centric Films Win Big at Palm Springs Film Festival

Women and Hollywood By Kerensa Cadenas | Women and Hollywood January 14, 2013 at 4:04PM

Women and women-centric films were big winners at the 24th annual Palm Springs Film Festival. The fest began on January 3rd and ends today. The Sapphires, about an Aboriginal girl group in the 1960s, won best feature. First time director Rama Burstein took the prize for best foreign language film for Fill the Void, which will also screen at Sundance.  The films also played Venice, NY and Toronto.  It is also up for several Indie Spirit awards including best first screenplay and best first feature.
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The Sapphires

Women and women-centric films were big winners at the 24th annual Palm Springs Film Festival. The fest began on January 3rd and ends today. The Sapphires, about an Aboriginal girl group in the 1960s, won best feature. First time director Rama Burstein took the prize for best foreign language film for Fill the Void, which will also screen at Sundance.  The films also played Venice, NY and Toronto.  It is also up for several Indie Spirit awards including best first screenplay and best first feature.

Here are the women and women-centric winners.

Best Narrative Feature – The Sapphires (Australia)

Best Documentary Feature – Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey – Directed by Ramona Diaz (USA)

FIPRESCI (Critics Week) Prize for Best Foreign Language Film – Fill the Void – Directed by Rama Burshstein (Israel)

FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress in a Foreign Language Film – Emilie Dequenne from Our Children (Belgium)

Cine Latino Award – Blancanieves (Spain)

‘The Sapphires’, ‘Journey’ Documentary Take Prizes At Palm Springs Festival (Deadline)

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