DAILY NEWS: Phila Fest Screenplay Winners, Delta Entertainment Videos, Avignon Winners
>>Philadelphia Festival Screenplay Winners Announced
(indieWIRE/05.02.2000) -- The Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema
announced the winners of the 8th Annual "Set in Philadelphia"
screenplay competition. David Hoag and his screenplay "Penumbra"
won the top award and Estep Nagy's script "Horse on Fire" won the
fourth annual Irene I. Parisi award. The announcements were made at
the opening night screening of the festival on Thursday, April 27th
at the Prince Music Theatre by Roland Legiardi-Laura of the Nuyorican
Poets Cafe. The competition gives top honors to full-length original
screenplays which are set primarily in the greater Philadelphia
metropolitan area. The competition winner receives a $5,000 cash
prize, as well as two live, professionaly-cast script readings, one
on the closing day of the festival and the other at the Nuyorican Poets
Cafe in New York on May 30th. [Maya Churi]
[Additional information on the festival can be accessed at
www.libertynet.org/pfwc or citysearch.com]
>> Delta Entertainment to Release Two New Videos
(indieWIRE/05.02.2000) -- Delta Entertainment, which specializes in black
and Latino video distribution, has announced the titles of their new
releases. The videos are "Divided We Stand" which is a political action
drama about the takeover of a New York college campus and "Blood and
Tears" by Chicano filmmaker Jose Quiroz. Also to be released is
"The Arrangement," a comedy by New York based filmmaker, HH Cooper.
Feature length films will be released in VHS, DVD, Spanish and
English language versions.
Delta Entertainment is a collaboration between Joe Kelly Jackson, a
fifteen-year veteran of music and film distribution, filmmaker and
Sundance alum Joe Brewster and publicist Kay Shaw. Since its launch
last September, Delta has released four films." Delta Entertainment
will release fifteen to twenty-four films annually. The company has
offices in New York and Miami. [Maya Churi]
>>2000 Avignon/New York Film Festival Announces Winners
(indieWIRE/05.02.2000) -- This past weekend the 6th annual Avignon/New York Film Festival announced
the winners of the 21st Century Filmmaker Awards in a ceremony at the French
Institute/Alliane Francaise in New York City. During the seven-day festival
14 new French and American feature films and 20 short films from both
countries received their US and New York premieres and vied for the
Roger Award (pronounced ro-jay), voted by audience members.
The four Roger winners for best French and American short film and best
French and American feature were: "Salsa" by Joyce Sherman Bunuel,
"Blue Moon" by John Gallagher starring Ben Gazzara and Rita Moreno,
"Saturday, Sunday and Monday Too" by Eric Valette and "City of Thieves"
by Jason Brandenberg. Cinematographer Oliver Bolkleberg received The Kodak
Vision Award for his work on "The Citizen" by Jay Anania. And "Credits"
by Xavier de Choudens earned The Separate Star Award for outstanding
screenplay in a short film.