DAILY NEWS: Florida Fest Set; Toronto's Queer Winners
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>> Florida Fest Ready for its 10th Anniversary Party
(indieWIRE/06.04.01) -- The Florida Film Festival will kick off its 10th
anniversary event this week in Orlando, showcasing an acclaimed group of
films in competition for an audience that is expected to top 20,000
attendees this year in Central Florida.
Among the movies screening in the dramatic competition are Cory McAbee's
"The American Astronaut," a Sundance debut this year, along with Thomas Bezucha's popular "Big Eden," Dani Minnick's acclaimed "Falling Like This," IFC Films release, "Jump Tomorrow," by Joel Hopkins, and Larry Fessenden's new feature, "Wendingo." While in the documentary competition, Monteith McCollum's "Hybird" (a Slamdance, New Directors and SXSW fav) will be competing alongside a group of docs that includes Alexandra Shiva's "Bombay Eunuch," Mark Lewis' "The Natural History of the Chicken," Kate Davis
Sundance-winner "Southern Comfort," and Alan Berliner's new film, "The Sweetest Sound."
The event will mark its 10th year, opening with Jennifer Jason Leigh and
Alan Cumming's DV Feature, "The Anniversary Party," which will kick off the fest on Friday at the Festival's popular Enzian dinner theater. The Fine
Line Features film is coming soon to cinemas.
Among the other IndieWood entries screening in the Spotlight Features
section are Miramax' "Everybody's Famous," directed by Dominique Deruddere, Zhang Yimou's "The Road Home" and Jacod and Josh Kornbluth's "Haiku Tunnel" from Sony Pictures Classics, and two movies from IFC Films, Pierre-Paul Renders' "Thomas in Love" and Lukas Moodysson's "Together."
The Grand Jury Prize winner is set to receive a $100,000 awards package,
courtesy of Universal Studios, Kodak, Haxan Films and others.
>> Toronto's Inside Out Concludes 11th Fest
(indieWIRE/06.05.01) -- Inside Out, Toronto's Lesbian and Gay Film and Video
Festival, closed its 11th annual event last week in Canada. The Festival
presented its Bulloch Award for Best Canadian Film or Video to Noam Gonick's
"Hey, Happy!" and Gerry Rogers "My Left Breast."
The festival presented its Audience Awards to Thomas Bezucha's "Big Eden"
(best feature) and Roger Hyde's "Queen of the Whole Wide World" (best
documentary). While the audience award for best short went to Cassandra
Nicolaou's "Interviews With My Next Girlfriend." The prize for best Canadian Lesbian short went to Robbie Hart's "Rainmakers Zimbabwe" and the award for best Canadian Gay Male Short went to Richard Fung's "Sea in the Blood." [Eugene Hernandez]