DAILY NEWS: Cinequest Winners; "Bug" in LA; Hong Kong Award Nominees
by Eugene Hernandez, Anthony Kaufman and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Now in The Top 10, Cinequest Bestows Awards Closing its 11th Edition
(indieWIRE/03.09.01) -- Aglow with the knowledge that "The Ultimate Film
Festival Survival Guide" has placed them among the 'top ten film festivals,'
Cinequest wrapped its 11th edition earlier this week. Mia Trachinger's
"Bunny" claimed The Maverick Spirit Award. The Spirit Award nominee
revolves around recent immigrants, Nik and Luda, who find themselves working
in an "experimental public works project." Their role is to wear pink bunny
suits and stand on street corners and listen to the misfortunes of the
city's emotionally desolate.
Best Narrative Feature went to "No Place to Go" by Oskar Roehler and
"Lansdown" director, Tom Zuber, won the Best First Feature award. The Best Documentary Award went to Todd Robinson's "Amargosa" while Best Short Film, Drama went to "Clothesline Patch." Best Short Film, Comedy went to "Egg" and the Audience Choice Award went to both "Sandstorm" by Jagmohan and "The Anarchist" by Yu Young-Sik.
Cinequest has successfully garnered a solid reputation for itself,
especially as an event that champions new filmmaking technologies.
Clearly pleased with the Festival's growing cache, founder and Executive
Director Halfdan Hussey comments on their official web site, "This was
Cinequest's finest hour