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March 29, 2011 3:11 AM
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Palm Beach Announces Winners Beachside for 16th Annual Edition

An image from Justin Chadwick's "The First Grader."

The sixteenth edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival on Florida's Atlantic coast will close this Thursday with a screening of "The First Grader," which also won the jury's Best Feature Film prize. Jury award winners were announced at a cocktail reception during the festival; audience awards will be announced at the closing night after-party Thursday.

A list of complete winners from this year's festival:

Best Feature Film
"The First Grader," Justin Chadwick

Best Documentary Feature
"The Rescuers," Michael King

Best Short Film
"Bedfellows," Pierre Stefanos

Audience Favorite Award for Best Feature
"Fully Loaded," Shira Piven

Audience Favorite Award for Best Documentary
"100 Voices: A Journey Home," Matthew Asner and Danny Gold

Audience Favorite Award for Best Short
"Hard to Come By," Dale Peterson

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2 Comments

  • Hai Terade | April 3, 2011 11:20 AMReply

    Gee "Tor," one would think you would save your one-sentence summaries for the short film, not the more complex feature-length films that you liked. Rather odd that you felt compelled to get the knives out for a short film that no one will see anyway, especially if you had the chance to share your thoughts with the director in person since you were 'there.' But I guess it's easier to save the bad comments for the facelessness of the web, "Tor!!" XO

  • Tory Gladen | March 30, 2011 5:39 AMReply

    I was just down there for reviews on films.
    I have to say, "The First Grader" was BRILLIANT.
    Didn't get to see "The Rescuers", but hear pretty good stuff.
    "Bedfellows" for short film? Meh. I've seen it before...pretty but pretentious. Give me someting with substance. It was a case of filmmaker in love with himself (i.e. - see reviews on Q&A, he was soooo self indulgent.)
    "100 Voice: A Journey Home" packed a punch but left me wanting more!!
    And "Fully Loaded" was a find!!
    XO Tor