BRIEFS - SBIFF Adds $10,000 Award; Berlin To Fete MacLaine.
Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz
>> SBIFF Adds $10,000 Award
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival had added a new $10,000
award to the 1999 festival, and has shuffled existing categories of the
festival, as well. The new award, titled "The Body Shop's Burning Vision
Award," will be a cash prize provided by U.K.-based The Body Shop. The
award is designed to celebrate "an emerging filmmaker," and will be
given to a feature-length U.S. or World Cinema film which has no
In addition to the new award, the remaining jury awards are being
reorganized into 7 categories, including The World Prism Award, which
will be given to a feature-length foreign film; The Insight Award for
documentary features; The Independent Voice Award for feature-length
North American films without U.S. distribution; The Lumina Award,
sponsored by FujiFilms, for best cinematography in a U.S. or World
Cinema feature; an audience award for a U.S. or World Cinema feature
film (presented by the Santa Barbara Independent), and the Best Animated
Short and Bruce C. Corwin Awards for animated and live-action short
films of no more than 20 minutes in length.
In order to accommodate the new categories, the deadline for submissions
has been extended to Monday, December 21, 1998. For more information
regarding entries, contact: Rhea Lewis/SBIFF at (805) 963-0023; 1216
State St., #710, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101 Fax: (805) 962-2524. Website:
www.sbfilmfestival.com or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
>> Berlin To Fete MacLaine
Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine is set to be honored with a Golden Bear
for Lifetime Achievement by the Berlin International Film Festival when
the next edition of that fest unspools in February, 1999. Over the
course of the 49 year-old event, only ten special Golden Bears have been
presented to a performing artist. Past recipients were James Stewart
(1982), Sir Alec Guinness (1988), Dustin Hoffman (1989), Gregory Peck
(1993), Sophia Loren (1994), Alain Delon (1995), Jack Lemmon (1996), Kim
Novak (1997) and Catherine Deneuve (1998). MacLaine has starred in eight
films at the festival, including a pair of Best Actress Silver Berlin
Bear-winning performances in "Ask Any Girl" (1959) and "Desperate
The festival will screen a retrospective of 12 films starring Ms.
MacLaine, including "The Trouble With Harry" (1955), "Some Came Running"
(1958), "Ask Any Girl" (1959), "Can-Can" (1959), "The Apartment" (1960),
"The Children's Hour" (1961), "Irma La Douce" (1963), "Woman Times
Seven" (1967), "Sweet Charity" (1968), "Terms Of Endearment", "Madame
Sousatzka" (1988) and "Postcards from the Edge" (1990). The ceremony
will take place on February 18th at the ZooPalast Theater, along with a
special screening of Hal Ashby's 1980 film, "Being There," in which Ms.
MacLaine starred with the late Peter Sellers.