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Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

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The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) reels out over 200 films from around the globe. Filmmakers and celebrities attend many of the screenings and events during the festival. Parties and gatherings at area "hot spots", on board yachts, and on the beach will provide audiences an opportunity to hob knob with film talent and other movie buffs.




FLIFF Award Winners Announced

Monday, November 13----Registered in the Guiness Book of World Records as the "world's longest film festival", the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival reached its zenith this past weekend, with the announcement of its Jury and Audience Awards, as well as a Tribute Gala which paid homage to established and emerging talent.

On Sunday evening, at the La Playa Mediterranean Restaurant, the Festival presented JURIED AWARDS for films in competition. Members of the Jury included: Joe Amadea, Hart Sharp Video; Tony Segreto, NBC Anchor: Shane Eason, Instructor of Film, Florida Atlantic University; William Grefe, Independent Filmmaker; Susan Reilly, Director of the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies, Florida Atlantic University; Miles Forman, Independent Filmmaker; Mark Moormann, Independent Filmmaker; Dave Montalbano, Film Critic; Wil Shriner, Film Director and Monica Glass, Gen Art Miami.


Best Film: VOLVER, written and directed by Pedro Almodovar

Best Doc : SHARKWATER, written, directed and shot by Rob Stewart

Best American Indie: THE BIG BAD SWIM, directed by Ishai Setton

Best Short: AVATAR, directed by Lluis Quilez

Best Director: David Wall for MRS WORTHINGTON'S PARTY

Best Screenplay: George Gallo for LOCAL COLOR

Best Cinematography: Michael Negrin for LOCAL COLOR

Best Actor: Joe Pantoliano for CANVAS

Best Actress: Monic Hendrickx for LEEF!

Best Low Budget Feature: DONSOL directed by Adolfo B. Alix Jr.

The FLIFF Humanitarian Award: SON OF MAN directed by Mark Dornford-May.

AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARDS, voted on by the attending public were presented to the following:

Narrative Favorite: CANVAS, directed by Joe Greco

Documentary Favorite: SHARKWATER, directed by Rob Stewart

Short Film Favorite: MAN VS MONDAY, directed by Ian Ziering

AS previously reported, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival presents several tribute awards on Saturday evening during the FLIFF Uncorked! Gala at the Hollywood Westin Diplomatic Hotel. Honorees included:





RENAISSANCE AWARD: Writer/Director George Gallo (LOCAL COLOR)

THE FLORIDA AWARD: Writer/Director Joe Greco (CANVAS)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Singer/Actress Connie Francis

Sandy Mandelberger
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About Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Mandelberger Sandy
(International Media Resources)

Online Dailies for the 24th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival , October 23 - November 11, 2009

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