October 28, 2008

Awards Roundup: October 14-27, 2008

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)
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)


Dictator Hunter
(Dir.: Klaartje Quirijns, The Netherlands)
Durakovo-Le Village Des Fous (Durakovo- Village
of Fools)
(Dir.: Nino Kirtadzé,
Fados (Dir.: Carlos Saura,
Kinder.Wie Die Zeit Vergeht (Children.As Time Flies) (Dir.: Thomas
Heise, Germany)
La Mère (The Mother) (Dir.: Antoine Cattin and Pavel Kostomarov,
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
(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


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
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
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
--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
--Workshop Presentations/Finale
Best Original Music Score for a Documentary Program or

Mark Korven
(A Promise To The Dead: The Exile
Journey of Ariel Dorfman

Gotham Independent Film Awards Nominees

Chris and Don: A Love
(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
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)
the Water
(Dirs./Prods.: Tia Lessin and Carl Deal; Zeitgeist Films)

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

International Emmy Awards-Nominees

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

Asian Corridor in Heaven (Tea-Horse Old Road) (Korean
Broadcasting System, South
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
Ninjas du Japon
Giommi Giovanni)
Best Documentary
Zietek (Dir.:
Bartosz Blaschke)


Cinéma Vérité Iran Documentary Film Festival
Best Short Documentary:

Unfenced Square (Dir.: Mehrdad
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
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
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:
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
Joan Lander and



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



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
(Dir.: Lidia Peralta; Spain)
: Poli milas, poli klais
(Dir.: Dimitris Kitsikoudis)



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

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
The Black Pearl Audience Choice Award:

Saving Luna (Dirs.: Suzanne Chisholm and Michael
Parfit; Prod.: Suzanne Chisholm)
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
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
All Together Now (Dir.: Adrien Wills)

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

Warsaw Film Festival
Metal in Baghdad

(Dir.: Eddy Moretti and Suroosh Alvi)