By Indiewire | Indiewire October 3, 2011 at 6:7AM
The Palo Alto International Film Festival concluded Sunday with the inaugural presentation of the Sallie Gardner awards in Mountain View. California. The festival's Christie Audience award went to Jennifer Siebel Newsom's documentary "Miss Representation."
Visual effects artist John Knoll received the Muybridge Award for the Advancement of Art and Technology, which honors an individual who has made innovative strides in art and technology.
Takashi Miike received the PAIFF and Dolby Excellence in 3D Award for his film "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai." The award recognizes excellence in the use of stereoscopic technology.
Other awards included the Innovation in Film Award presented to SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's X-ray Laser team, while Taika Waititi's “Two Cars, One Night” and Max Porter's “Something Left, Something Taken” took home Best Animated and Live Action Short awards.
Full press release below:
PALO ALTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SALLIE GARDNER AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED
“Miss Representation” takes Audience Award
Palo Alto, CA – The Palo Alto International Film Festival (PAIFF) wrapped up today with the presentation of the Sallie Gardner awards, including the presentation of the Audience Award to Jennifer Siebel Newson’s documentary “Miss Representation.” The gala was held at the Computer History Museum, in Mountain View.
The inaugural awards gala featured the presentations of the following awards:
Christie Audience Award was presented to Jennifer Siebel Newsom for her documentary “Miss Representation.” Throughout PAIFF 2011, audience members were invited to rate and vote on their favorite film programs using their mobile phones. The audience award winner represents the people’s choice for best film shown at PAIFF.
Muybridge Award for the Advancement of Art and Technology was presented to visual effects artist John Knoll. Randy Haberkamp, Director of Educational Programming for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented the award named for Eadweard Muybridge, the father of moving pictures, the Muybridge Award for the Advancement of Art and Technology is a non-juried award that PAIFF will award to one outstanding innovator who has broken existing conventions of art and technology in order to revolutionize the way images are made and seen.
Innovation in Film Award was presented to SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's X-ray Laser team and accepted by Uwe Bergmann Deputy Director of the LCLS. The award was presented by Technicolor Executive Vice President of Technology & Innovation, Gary Donnan. Just as Muybridge used the photographic study The Horse in Motion to reveal the instant that all four of a horse’s hooves lift off of the ground, filmmaking technology continues to be used in groundbreaking ways to uncover the truth. This non-juried award honors the 2011 innovator in film that best represents the spirit of Muybridge’s work.
Palo Alto middle school students Charlie and Henry Badger received the Local Student Short Audience Award for their film “127 Minutes.” For PAIFF 2011, local students were invited to submit their best short films, for a potential screening at PAIFF. This juried award winner will play along with other select student shorts before features throughout the Festival.
The PAIFF and Dolby Excellence in 3D Award was presented to Takashi Miike for “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai,” by Rhonda Walker, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Global Brand Marketing, Dolby Laboratories. From depth of story to technical precision and execution, this award considers the entirety of the film and aims to encourage filmmakers to realize the full potential of stereoscopic filmmaking.
“Two Cars, One Night” by filmmaker Taika Waititi was the recipient of the Live Action Short Award. The camera has been used both to document reality and to show us imaginary worlds. This juried award honors the live action short that represents the most inventive convergence of art and technology.
The Animated Short Award was presented to “Something Left, Something Taken,” by Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata. The history of animation can be traced back to Paleolithic cave paintings. Since then, technology has transformed animation into an art form with infinite possibilities. This juried award honors the best animated short.
PAIFF/Talenthouse Short Film Contest Award. In Spring 2011, PAIFF and Talenthouse announced an international Short Film Contest to celebrate the digital age of cinema, an age in which anyone can tell his or her story visually because of great strides made in technology. Cedric Vella’s “YouTube My Facebook,” was selected from over 170 entries. Talenthouse Vice President of Marketing Frederik Hermann presented the award.