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DAILY NEWS: Golden Trailer Awards Launch; Humanitas Prize Started By Sundance

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by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE


>> Tarantino, Meistrich, Hall and Others to Select Best Movie Trailers

Twenty-one movie previews will be honored this year at the first Golden
Trailer Awards, a new award show recognizing excellence in feature film
trailers. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, producers Dolly Hall and Stephen
Woolley
, the Shooting Gallery's Larry Meistrich, Miramax's David Kaminow,
Stratosphere's Richard Abramowitz, and MGM's Jeff Kleeman are among the
judges for the inaugural event. The awards ceremony will be held on
September 21, 1999 in New York City.

Filmmakers Evelyn Brady, Monica Brady and Esther Bell founded the awards
program to showcase typically unheralded work. "We wanted to recognize
those people and give them the credit that they deserve," Golden Trailer
Executive Director Evelyn Brady told indieWIRE yesterday.

Prizes will be awarded in an array of categories, among them: Best Music,
Best Foreign, Best Comedy, Best Editing, Trashiest, Most Likely to Succeed,
Most Likely to Deceive, Best Documentary Trailer, Best Trailer for No
Budget, Most Original, Best of Show, and the Saul Bass Award for Best Title
Sequence.

Trailers for big-budget film will compete alongside previews for low-budget
movies, Brady indicated, adding that entries will be judged on overall
quality, "Talent is king, everyone's got an equal shot." Trailers created
since January 1998 are eligible for the first awards ceremony, while the
event will also include a best of the decade category for other
submissions. Brady told indieWIRE that eligible trailers include previews
for released movies as well as trailers made by indie filmmakers for their
own promotional purposes. The deadline for entries is July 16th.

[For more information, visit the Golden Trailer website at:
http://www.goldentrailer.com.]


>> Sundance Institute Establishes Humanitas Prize

The Sundance Institute has created a new annual Humanitas Prize with a
$10,000 prize for an independent film screenwriter who "most fully
communicates those values that enrich the human person." The winner will
be chosen among the films that screen at the Sundance Film Festival and/or
are produced in conjunction with the Sundance Institute Filmmakers Lab.

Commenting on the prize in a prepared statement Humanitas Prize
organization President Father Ellwood Kieser, C.S.P. said, "Independent
films are becoming more and more important in American cinema and we hope
to recognize and encourage those filmmakers who are exploring the deeper
reaches of the human situation, revealing in the process some piece of the
truth about what it means to be a human being." Continuing Kieser added,
"We look for films that challenge their viewers to take charge of their
lives and exercise their freedom in a responsible way, that motivate them
to reach out in respect and compassion to all their brothers and sisters in
the human family." The first submission deadline is April 15, 2000.

[For more information, visit the Sundance website at:
www.sundance.org.]


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