“Volver” “Avatar” and “Sharkwater” Among Winners at 21st Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival

"Volver" "Avatar" and "Sharkwater" Among Winners at 21st Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival

Ishai Setton’s “The Big Bad Swim” won the best American indie award, while Pedro Almodovar’s “Volver” took best film at the 21st Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Sunday. Also taking jury prizes were Lluis Quilez’s “Avatar” (best short), Rob Stewart’s “Sharkwater” (best doc), David Wall best director for “Mrs. Worthington’s Party,” George Gallo best screenplay for “Local Color,” and Adolfo B. Alix Jr.’s “Donsol” (best low budget feature). Joe Pantoliano won best actor for his role in “Canvas,” while Monic Hendrickx took best actress for her role in “Leef!” Michael Negrin took best cinematographer for “Local Color,” and the festival’s Humanitarian Award went to Mark Dornford-May’s “Son of Man.” The audience prize for best narrative went to Joe Greco’s “Canvas,” and best doc went to “Sharkwater.” Ian Ziering’s “Man vs. Monday” won in the short category. The lengthy festival, which opened with “Volver” on October 16 continues through November 14. [Brian Brooks]

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