Breillat and Toth Share Top Award at Philly Fest
by Eugene Hernandez
Catherine Breillat's "Anatomy of Hell" shared the best feature film award with Ferenc Toth's "Unknown Soldier" at the 2004 Philadelphia Film Festival. David Lebrun's "Proteus" won jury the award for best documentary. The festival, which closed last week with record attendance, showcased best director Ulrike Koch for "Asshak: Tales of the Sahara," while Andrew Goode's "Love Tricycle" won the jury award for animated short.
In the audience award categories, Mario Van Peebles' "Baadasssss!" won the award for best feature film and Mark Achbar & Jennifer Abbott's "The Corporation" won the best doc prize. Ryuhei Kitamura's "Azumi" from Japan won the audience award for best "Danger After Dark Film."
This year's fest drew more than 61,000 attendees, according to organizers, with 70 screenings selling-out during the fests run (April 8-21). Organizers noted that docs were especially popular in Philadelphia, with five of the seven highest attended film being non-fiction, including "Super Size Me," "The Story of the Weeping Camel," "Control Room," "Bright Leaves," and "Breakfast With Hunter." Robert Hall's narrative world premiere drew 900 people to three screenings, making it the film with the largest attendance in the history of the festival.
Eugene Martin's "The Other America" won the best feature award at the festival's Philadelphia CityPaper Festival of Independents, showcasing regional filmmakers. The doc prize in the section went to Cheryl Hess' "La Promesa" (The Vow. Martin also won the NFL Films technical achievement award, earning a $2,500 services and support award for his next project.
The grand prize-winner in the "Set in Philadelphia" Screenwriting competition was Bernie DeLeo for "Queens for a Day."
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