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AFI Fest Announces Winners

AFI Fest Announces Winners

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AFI Fest 2010 announced Thursday four feature audience awards and two short film jury winners. Among the audience winners, the World Cinema feature winner is Sundance entry Boy, about a young boy in 1980’s New Zealand who confronts his long-absent father when he returns home (Taika Waititi. New Zealand). (Trailer is below.) The New Auteurs feature winner is Bedevilled, about an island vacation that turns deadly (Cheol-soo Jang. South Korea). The Young Americans feature winner is Littlerock, about a Japanese student who discovers a different America than the one in her dreams (Mike Ott. USA). The Breakthrough award winner (accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize) is Hamill, inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter, Matt Hamill (Oren Kaplan. USA).

As in previous years, the short film jury picked the awards; the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes each winner as a qualifier for the annual Academy Awards:

Live Action Short Film
QUADRANGLE: An unconventional documentary about two “conventional” couples who swapped partners and lived in a group marriage in the early ‘70s. DIR Amy Grappell. USA.
Animated Short Film
MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON: Voiced and written by SNL alum Jenny Slate, this short about a shell took the Internet by storm. DIR Dean Fleischer-Camp. SCR Jenny Slate, Dean Fleischer-Camp. USA .
PHOTOGRAPH OF JESUS (DIR Laurie Hill) and THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE (DIR/SCR Trevor Anderson) receive honorable mention from the Short Film Jury and will also screen again today.

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Cynthia Clarke

Hand waves for “Hamill”! It is totally gratifying to see that a film with Equal Access for All was a big winner at AFI. This fact-based drama about deaf boxer Matt Hamill is presented in American Sign Language (ASL) and fully subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing.

We are excited and hope that nationwide, mainstream theater release will be coming. 36 million deaf and hard of hearing in the United States will really appreciate it!

Cynthia Clarke
Deaf Access Films

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