Awards Roundup: October 14-27, 2008
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1) Awards

Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-Grants to US Film Festivals

San Francisco International Film Festival

Chicago International Film Festival
Heartland Film Festival (Indianapolis, IN)
Mill Valley Film Festival (San Rafael, CA)
Sarasota Film Festival (FL)
Seattle International Film Festival

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC)
Nashville Film Festival
New Orleans Film Festival
Virginia Film Festival (Charlottesville)

Portland International Film Festival
Native American Film & Video Festival (New York City)
Roger Ebert's Film Festival (Urbana, IL)
Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival (Birmingham, AL)
Woodstock Film Festival (NY)

Asian American International Film Festival (New York City)

Arizona International Film Festival (Tucson)
BAMKids Film Festival (Brooklyn, NY)
Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival (AZ)
Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival (WY)
Olympia Film Festival (WA)
Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival (Colorado Springs)
San Francisco Black Film Festival
Washington Jewish Film Festival (D.C.)

European Film Academy Documentary 2008 - Prix Arte
René (Dir.: Helena Trestikova, Czech Republic)

The Dictator Hunter (Dir.: Klaartje Quirijns, The Netherlands)
Durakovo-Le Village Des Fous (Durakovo- Village of Fools) (Dir.: Nino Kirtadzé, France)
Fados (Dir.: Carlos Saura, Portugal/Spain)
Kinder.Wie Die Zeit Vergeht (Children.As Time Flies) (Dir.: Thomas Heise, Germany)
La Mère (The Mother) (Dir.: Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomarov, Switzerland)
Man on Wire (Dir.: James Marsh, UK)
Naufragés Des Andes (Stranded: I've come from a plane that crashed on the mountains)
(Dir.: Gonzalo Arijón, France)
Obcan Václav Havel (Citizen Havel) (Dirs.: Pavel Kotecký and Miroslav Janek, Czech Republic)
Pyhän Kirjan Varjo (Shadow of the Holy Book) (Dir.: Arto Halonen, Finland)

Gabriel Awards
Documentary--National Release:
Darfur: On Our Watch (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)
Certificate of Merit: Long Haul Big Hearts (Long Haul Big Hearts Productions
in association with Vision TV)
Television Documentary--Local Release:
The Ultimate Resource (Free To Choose Media, Erie, PA)
Certificate of Merit: Remember Us: (New England Cable News)
Feature Documentary: The Price of Sugar (Uncommon Productions)


Gemini Awards
Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program:

A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman (Prod./Dir.: Peter Raymont; White Pine Pictures)
Best History Documentary Program:
Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery (Prods./Dirs.: Andrew Ferns, W. Patterson Ferns; Ferns Productions Inc., Cook Films PTY ( Australia), South Pacific Pictures ( NZ), Film Australia)
Best Biography Documentary Program:
Confessions of an Innocent Man (Prods./Dirs.: David Paperny, Tracey Friesen, Trevor Hodgson, Terence McKeown, Cal Shumiatcher; Paperny Films Inc.)
Best Science, Technology, Nature, Environment or Adventure Documentary Program:
Battle of the Bag (Prods./Dirs.: Ryszard Hunka, Monika Delmos; CBC)
Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series:
Landscape as Muse (Prod./Dir.: Ian Toews; 291 Film Company)
Best Documentary Series:
Diamond Road (Prod./Dir.: Robert Lang; Kensington Communications Inc.)
Best Direction in a Documentary Program:
Maya Gallus (Girl Inside)
Best Direction in a Documentary Series:
Derreck Roemer, Neil Graham (The View From Here--Last Call at the Gladstone Hotel)
Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series:
Terence McKeown, John Zaritsky (The Suicide Tourist)
Best Photography in a Documentary Program or Series:
Mike Sheerin (Bravo Company: Kandahar)
Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series:
Roderick Deogrades (100 Films & A Funeral)
Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series:
Ian Dunbar, Mark Gingras, Andrew Tay (Triple Sensation--Workshop Presentations/Finale)
Best Original Music Score for a Documentary Program or Series:
Mark Korven (A Promise To The Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman)

Gotham Independent Film Awards Nominees
Best Documentary:

Chris and Don: A Love Story (Dirs./Prods: Guido Santi and Tina Mascara; Prods.: Julia Scott, James White; Zeitgeist Films)
Encounters at the End of the World (Dir.: Werner Herzog; Prod.: Henry Kaiser; THINKFilm/Image Entertainment)
Man on Wire (Dir.: James Marsh; Prod.: Simon Chinn; Magnolia Pictures)
Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (Dir.:/Prod.: Marina Zenovich; Prods.: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte and Lila Yacoub; THINKFilm in association with HBO Documentaries)
Trouble the Water (Dirs./Prods.: Tia Lessin and Carl Deal; Zeitgeist Films)

Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition.
Jury Prize: Glass Half Full (Dir.: David Sutera)
Audience Award: Water Thicker Than Oil (Dir.: Michael McGuire)

International Emmy Awards-Nominees
Arts Programming

Inheriting a Kabuki Legacy-Ichikawa Ebizo: His Fate and Anguish (Fuji Television Network, Japan)
Nara Leao: All My Life (TV Globo, Brazil)
Richard Serra-To See Is to Think (WDR, ZDF and 3sat, Germany)
Strictly Bolshoi (Ballet Boyz Prods. for Channel 4, U.K.)

Asian Corridor in Heaven (Tea-Horse Old Road) (Korean Broadcasting System, South Korea)
The Beckoning Silence (Darlow Smithson Prods./C4/C4i, U.K)
Collision Over the Amazon (Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic, Brazil)
Please Vote for Me (Steps International, Denmark)

2) Festivals


Austin Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature:
Les Ninjas du Japon (Dir.: Giommi Giovanni)
Best Documentary Short: Zietek (Dir.: Bartosz Blaschke)


Cinéma Vérité Iran Documentary Film Festival
Best Short Documentary:
Unfenced Square (Dir.: Mehrdad Zahedian).
Best Middle-Length Documentary: Torqeh (Dir.: Mohammad-Hassan Damanzan).
Best Feature-Length Documentary: Tinar (Dir.: Mehdi Moniri).
Best Independent Producer: Reza Fattah (Gravity)
Best Researcher: Mehrdad Zahedian (Unfenced Square)
Best Narration: Mehrdad Zahedian (Unfenced Square)
Best Cinematography: Asghar Abgun (Bulb).
Best Editor: Mohammad-Moin Karimoddini (Tinar)
Jury Special Award: All My Mothers (Dirs.: Ebrahim Saeidi and Zahavi Sanjavi).
Festival's Director Special Award: Beaches of Tears and Olives (Dir.: Reza Borji).
International Section
Best Short Documentary:
Last Fitting (Dir.: Reza Haeri).
Best Feature-Length Documentary: The Fortress (Dir.: Fernand Melgar; Switzerland) and The Existence (Dir.: Marcin Koszalka; Poland).
Jury Special Award (Short Doc): Lakshmi and Me (Dir.: Nishta Jain; India).
Jury Special Award (Feature-Length): All My Mothers (Dirs.: Ebrahim Saeidi and Zahavi Sanjavi).
Audience Award: Unfenced Square (Dir.: Mehrdad Zahedian).
Cinema Critic Special Award: Unfenced Square (Dir.: Mehrdad Zahedian); Tinar (Dir.: Mehdi Moniri); The Red Rose Lady (Dir.: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb)
International Honorary Diploma: Vals (Dir.: Victor Asliuk; Belarus); Tinar (Dir.: Mehdi Moniri)



Ghent Film Festival
Public Prize:
Young@Heart (Dir.: Stephen Walker)


Hamptons International Film Festival
Golden Starfish for Documentary Feature Film:
Herb and Dorothy (Dir.: Megumi Sasaki)
Special Recognition: The Red Race (Dir.: Chao Gan)
Audience Award--Best Documentary: Herb and Dorothy (Dir.: Megumi Sasaki)



Hawaii International Film Festival
Halekulani Golden Orchid for Best Documentary: Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawaii (Dir.: Anna Keala Kelly)
Film in Hawaii Award: Joan Lander and Puhipau



Heartland Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature
: Pray the Devil Back to Hell (Dir.: Gini Reticker; Prod.: Abigail Disney)



ImagineNATIVE Indigenous Film and Media Arts Festival
Alanis Obomsawin Best Documentary Award: March Point (Dirs.: Cody Cayou, Nick Clark, Tracy Rector, Annie Silverstein and Travis Tom)
Emerging Talent Award: Janelle Wookey (Memere Metisse)



International Film Festival of Patras City (Greece)
International--Best Documentary: The Caravan of the Manuscripts from Al-Andalus (Dir.: Lidia Peralta; Spain)
Greek--Best Documentary
: Poli milas, poli klais (Dir.: Dimitris Kitsikoudis)



Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF)
The Black Pearl for Best Documentary - $150,000

Stranded: I've come from a plane that crashed on the mountains (Dir.: Gonzalo Arijon; Prod.: Marc Silvera)
The Black Pearl Special Jury Prize Youssou N'Dour: I Bring What I Love (Dir./Prod.: Elisabeth Chai Vasarhelyi)
The Black Pearl Audience Choice Award:

Saving Luna (Dirs.: Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit; Prod.: Suzanne Chisholm)
The Black Pearl for Best Documentary--Short Film: Breadmakers (Dir.: Yasmin Fedda; Prods.: Jim Hickey and Robin Mitchell)


Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema
Daniel Langlois Innovation Award:
Waltz with Bashir (Dir.: Ari Folman)
The Cinematheque Quebecois Grand Prize: La Memoire des Anges (Dir.: Luc Bourdon)
Jury Special Mention: RIP: Remix Manifesto (Dir.: Brett Gaylor)
Radio-Canada People's Choice Award: All Together Now (Dir.: Adrien Wills)

Raindance Film Festival
Best Documentary:
Indestructible (Dir./Prod.: Ben Byer; Prod.: Rebeccah Rush

Warsaw Film Festival
Best Documentary:
Heavy Metal in Baghdad (Dir.: Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi)