DAILY NEWS: AMPAS Fest Grants; Marco Island Prizes
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> AMPAS Grants $250,000 to American Film Fests
(indieWIRE/10.29.01) — Fourteen film festivals have been tapped to receive
a total of $250,000 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’
Academy Foundation. The grants are for calendar year 2002.
The four fests selected to receive $30,000 are: The Chicago International
Children’s Film Festival, The Hawaii International Film Festival, The Mill Valley Film Festival and The New York Film Festival. Chosen in the $20,000 grant category are: The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and The San Francisco International Asian Film Festival.
Two fests will receive $15,000 each: Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian
Film Festival and The San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film
Festival. Finally, six festivals will receive $10,000 each: The Human
Rights Watch International Film Festival, The Wisconsin Film Festival, The
Ann Arbor Film Festival, The San Diego Latino Film Festival, The Thomas Edison Black Maria Film & Video Festival, and The Washington (D.C.) Jewish Film Festival. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> Pelican and Audience Prizes Presented on Marco Island
(indieWIRE/10.29.01) — Audience and jury awards were announced last
week for the 4th Annual Marco Island Film Festival. After collecting more
than 10,000 audience ballots, Ellie Kanner‘s “Face to Face” took the Best
Feature Comedy prize while Best Feature Drama went to “The Bread, My Sweet“
by Melissa Martin about life, loyalty and love. Both films star Scott Baio.
Nods were also given to Salome Arkatov‘s “The Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne” for Best Documentary, Aaron Erimez‘ “Ornaments” for Best Short Animation, “Bravo, Giorgio” by John Plausse for Best Short Drama, while Donald Bull‘s “Dodgeball” won Best Short Comedy.
Cinematographer, Arledge Erimez received one of the jury awarded Marco Island
Film Festival Pelican Awards for “Ornaments” and Aaron Erimez took the prize
for First Short. The Pelican was also given to Eva Gardos for “An American
Rhapsody” for both First Feature as well as screenplay and Christine Lahti won the director nod for “My First Mister.” [Brian Brooks]