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DAILY NEWS: Palm Springs Winners and Miramax’ New Book

DAILY NEWS: Palm Springs Winners and Miramax' New Book

Daily News: Palm Springs Winners and Miramax' New Book

by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE

>> Cash and Prizes for Palm Springs Shorts Fest Winners

(indieWIRE/08.14.01) — Winners from the 7th Annual Palm Springs International
Festival of Short Films
were awarded over the weekend by group of nine jurors
including 21 festival awards in 8 categories dispensing a record total of
$43,000 in prize money. The largest prize, $15,000 for the Future Filmmaker
Award went to “Because of Mama” by Serguei Bassine, the story of a young
cellist who struggles to play his instrument during his father’s binge
drinking episode. Awards of $2000 were presented to first prize winners in
each category including Australian Beth Armstrong‘s “Cheek to Cheek,” recipient of the Best of Festival Award. “Beautiful America” by German Peter Roloff took the first spot for documentary while in the student category “I Could Have Been Human” by Polish director Barbara Medajska won first place for documentary.

Kodak, a sponsor of the festival will also give student first place winners
$1000 in film stock and $500 to second place winners. Over 280 films
from 30 countries around the world were screened during the event which began
August 7th and ended August 13th. [Brian Brooks]

[For a full list of winners, visit:]

>> Miramax Gets Pearson Book

(indieWIRE/08.14.01) — Miramax has announced its acquisition of the film
rights to Allison Pearson‘s upcoming novel, “I Don’t Know How She Does It.” The book, Pearson’s first, is based on her weekly column in the Daily Telegraph. It is set to be published next year.

The fictional story explores the life of Kate Reddy, described in a
prepared statement as “a successful investment banker who struggles to
balance her demanding job with an equally demanding role as a mother.”

“Kate seems to speak to so many harassed working women and I feel sure
that Miramax can turn her crazy life into a wonderful movie,” commented
Allison Pearson in a prepared statement. [Eugene Hernandez]

>> YESTERDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Locarno Winners; Miramax and Majidi

(indieWIRE/08.13.01) — The 54th Locarno International Film Festival ended
Sunday night in Locarno, Switzerland, handing out its most prestigious award,
the Golden Leopard, to Maurizio Sciarra‘s second feature “Alla Rivoluzione
Sulla Due Cavalli
“; Last week, Miramax announced its acquisition of North
American and Italian rights to Iranian director Majid Majidi‘s “Baran.”


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