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April 19, 2010 8:24 AM
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"Brand New Life" & "The Oath" Triumph at Sarasota Film Festival

French/South Korean production, "A Brand New Life" by first time feature director Ounie Lecomte took home the narrative feature prize at the 2010 Sarasota Film Festival over the weekend. "The Oath" by by documentary veteran director Laura Poitras, was the documentary feature winner, and two special jury prizes were awarded including "Winter’s Bone" directed by Debra Granik in the Narrative category, Gasland directed by Josh Fox in Documentary.

This year’s audience award winner for Best Narrative Feature went to "The New Year" directed by newcomer Brett Haley, who was present at the festival for the first public screening of the film. The audience Award for Best Documentary Feature went to James Bigham's "For Once In My Life," and the "Best In World Cinema Audience Award" went to "I Forgot To Tell You," directed by Laurent Vinas-Raymond and starring Omar Sharif and Emilie Dequenne. The festival’s juried award for Independent Vision went to Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture."

“We are deeply passionate about the truly exceptional films at this year’s festival, and the artistic vision of this incredible group of filmmakers,” said Artistic Director Tom Hall in a statement. “The films in the competitions dealt with an incredible range of subjects, but an emphasis on highly cinematic personal stories was a thread throughout."

“We were thrilled at the positive feedback and enthusiasm of the Sarasota community, who have made this year’s festival such a success,” added Director of Programming Holly Herrick.

This years’ awards were presented by festival guests Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, and Ben Foster as well as jurors Bruce Handy of Vanity Fair, Ryan Werner of IFC Films and Lina Todd of EFP Shooting Stars.


The full list of winners from the 2010 Sarasota Film Festival

Narrative Feature Competition Winner:
"A Brand New Life"
Directed by Ounie Lecomte

Narrative Feature Competition Special Jury Prize:
"Winter’s Bone"
Directed by Debra Granik

Documentary Feature Competition:
"The Oath"
Directed by Laura Poitras

Documentary Feature Competition Special Jury Prize:
"Gasland"
Directed by Josh Fox

Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature:
"For Once In My Life"
Directed by James Bigham

Audience Award, Best Short Film:
"Ingelore"
Directed by Frank Stiefel

Audience Award Best, Narrative Feature:
"The New Year"
Directed by Brett Haley

Audience Award, Best In World Cinema:
"I Forgot To Tell You"
Directed by Laurent Vinas-Raymond

Best youthFEST Short Film:
"Lost And Found"
Directed by Philip Hunt

Audience Award, Best youthFEST Short Film:
"Breakout! The Power of One"
Directed by Lalita Krishna

Independent Vision Prize:
"Tiny Furniture"
Directed by Lena Dunham

The Sarasota Film Festival Master Of Cinema:
John Landis

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