FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2006 FILM AWARDS
Over 200 films presented including
9 World Premieres, 2 North American Premieres,
16 US Premieres, 3 Southeast Premieres and
72 Florida Premieres
Fort Lauderdale, November 13, 2006 – The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), proudly announced film awards presented for the 21st Annual event held October 16 – November 14, 2006.
FLIFF opened with the Florida Premiere Pedro Almodovar’s VOLVER. The fest’s centerpiece film was the Southeast Premiere of PITTSBURGH and Closing weekend offered three films, The U.S. Premiere of SHARKWATER, the Southeast Premiere of LOCAL COLOR and the Florida Premiere of CANVAS.
The awards ceremonies, took place the evenings of Saturday November 11 during FLIFF Uncorked!
at Hollywood Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa and Sunday,
November 12 at La Playa Mediterranean Restaurant.
FLIFF Uncorked was attended by filmmakers and celebrities including director Mel Stuart, actors Joe Pantoliano, Trevor Morgan, actress Shiva Rose and recording artists and actresses Michelle Phillips and Connie Francis among others.
President and CEO of FLIFF, Gregory von Hausch presented the following awards:
* BEST PERFORMANCE IN A DRAMATIC ROLE was presented to Joe Pantoliano for his role in CANVAS which received its Florida Premiere at the 21st Annual FLIFF
* LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING was presented to director Mel Stuart who has over 190 films to his credit including the original Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory, If It’s Tuesday it must be Belgium.
* CAREER ACHIEVMENT AWARD was presented to actor Ernie Hudson. Ernie who is seen regularly now on Desperate Housewives, starred in festival film HALFWAY DECENT. Ernie is best remembered for his roles in Ghostbusters, Miss Congeniality 1 & 2, as well as many other films.
* STAR ON THE HORIZON AWARD was presented to young actor Trevor Morgan who starred in the festival film LOCAL COLOR directed by George Gallo (Wise Guys, Midnight Run). As a child star, Trevor starred in Jurassic Park 3, The Sixth Sense.
* BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE AWARD for her role in the festival film DAVID & LAYLA, was presented to actress Shiva Rose.
* RENAISSANCE AWARD was presented to writer/director George Gallo whose film LOCAL COLOR premiered at FLIFF.
* THE FLORIDA AWARD was presented to writer/director Joe Greco for his film CANVAS which survived 2 tropical storms and Hurricane Wilma while being filmed in Hollywood, FL during the fall of 2005.
* EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AWARD was presented to festival sponsor and owner of La Playa Mediterranean restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Steve Savor.
FLIFF also paid a special SALUTE to recording artist and actress Connie Francis who received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Also presented Saturday night during FLIFF Uncorked! were the
SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENTS AWARDS. These awards exemplify the determination, courage and fortitude of the independent filmmaker.
· Recipients in the documentary category were
TELL ME CUBA, SHARKWATER, THE LIFE OF REILLY, AND THE SEA TOOK US.
· Recipients in the Features category were
CALLBACK, HALFWAY DECENT, DAVID & LAYLA, JUST LIKE THE SON,
TEN TIL NOON, FLANNEL PAJAMAS, and DONSOL.
· Recipients in the Shorts category were THE SHOVEL, ACROSS THE HALL, A LITTLE LIGHT, CHRISTOPHER BRENNAN SAVES THE WORLD
On Sunday at La Playa Mediterranean restaurant, the festival presented JURIED AWARDS for films in competition and AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARDS.
· Best Short: AVATAR, Lluis Quilez
· Best Doc : SHARKWATER, directed Rob Stewart
· Best American Indie: THE BIG BAD SWIM directed by Ishai Setton
· Best Film: VOLVER, written and directed by Pedro Almodovar
· 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
* Narrative, CANVAS directed by Joe Greco
* Documentary, SHARKWATER directed by Rob Stewart
* Short Film, MAN VS MONDAY, directed by Ian Ziering
Members of the Jury included:
/Hart Sharp Video,
/Instructor of Film at Florida Atlantic University,
/Independent filmmaker with over 30 features to his credit,
/ Director of the School of Communication & Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University,
/Winner of Best Documentary FAT BOY, at the 2005 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival,
/Independent filmmaker whose film was in competition at Sundance 2005,
/AV/Video at Broward County Library and Film reviewer for Deerfield Beach Observer
and Cinema Dave’s Journal,
/director of Hoot,
/ Gen Art Miami.
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the support it receives from its sponsors, Founding Sponsor Broward Cultural Division (Anthony Abbate, Chair), Executive Producer Steve Savor, Co-Producers Comcast (Cynthia Stoddart), Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau (Nicki E.Grossman, President), Desantis Center for Motion Picture Industry Studies(Bruce Mallen, director), Florida Arts Council (Sue M.Cobb, Secretary of State, Florida), Autonation (Gale Butler) Platinum Bay Harbor Islands, Gallery One, The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, Downtown Hollywood, Sundance Channel, City of Weston Gold, Air France, JetBlue, Silver Kodak, Metro PCS, CitySmart (Brigitte Baroukh), Go Riverwalk (Mark Corbett), New Times, Jump On Mark’s List.com (Mark Haines), Toast to Humanity (Bonnie Faith Skop), The 411 Magazine, Express Gay News, Bronze, Alpine Jaguar (John & Belinda Ulbrich), CinemaVault (Nick Stiliadis), Comerica Bank, DubHouse (Michael Pardo), Grapeflix (Remi DuFour), Media Freight, The Promenade, IFC Theaters, Lady of America (Gerry Weber), Sun Dream Yacht Charters, Gallery 721 & The Purvis Young Museum (Larry Clemons), 1 2 3 Lumpsum, Supporting Film Florida, Tikki Beach, Stork’s, Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science, City of Fort Lauderdale, 97.3 The Coast, La Playa, British Airways, Cineworks, Alitalia,Holy Cross Hospital, Color Blooms,Deco Drive, Enterprise, Successful Images, Greater Fort Lauderdale Sunny.Org, Blue Martini, Stella Artois, Perrier, Women in Film & Television, AAA Fire Protection, Las Olas Art Center, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, 93 Rock, Hooters, Icon Las Olas, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, The Florida Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts Liquid Sponsors Strongbow, Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida, Hpnotiq Liqueur, Glacier Teton Vodka, Real Sangria, Imperial Vodka, Marquis de Riscal, Barefoot Wine, Aramatic, Jacob’s Creek, Blavod Extreme Spirits, Beringer Blass Wine Estates, Robert Mondavi, Pravda Vodka, Zonin Winery, Cardenal Mendosa, Vox Vodka, Knob Creek, The Dalmore Scotch Whiskey, El Tesoro Curtis, Asbach Uralt Brandy, Fris Vodka, Pama Pomegranate Liqueur, Singha, Spaten, Drambuie, Ora Vodka, Achaia Clauss Winery, Black Box Wine, Boisset America, Chivas Regal, Cordorniu Cava, German Wine Institute, Jakob Gerhardt, Kikkman Plum Wine, King Estate Winery, Longneck Vineyards, Martel Cognac, Marti Coconut Rum, Marti Mojito, Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, Ozeki Sake, Robert Hall Vineyards, Russell’s Reserve Bourbon, Whitbread Ale, Woodchuck Cider, Yelcho Vineyards, Rio Grande Vineyard.
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing top independent films and talent, from around the world, to the South Florida Community while introducing filmmakers and tourists to the amenities and locations the area offers.
For more information on this event:
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, 954-525-3456 or www.FLIFF.com