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“Shut Up And Shoot Me” & “New Year Baby” Win Top Awards at Inaugural AFI Dallas Fest

"Shut Up And Shoot Me" & "New Year Baby" Win Top Awards at Inaugural AFI Dallas Fest

Steen Agro‘s “Shut Up And Shoot Me” won the $25,000 Target Filmmaker Award for Best Narrative Feature at the inaugural AFI Dallas International Film Festival and Socheata Poeuv’s “New Year Baby” won the $25,000 Target Filmmaker Award for Best Documentary (with Grace Phan’s “Where The Sun Rises” receiving a special mention) as the film festival came to a close in Texas this weekend. Rob Stewart‘s documentary “Sharkwater” won the HDNet Award for the best feature shot in HD, including a $10,000 cash prize. Eric Chaikin‘s “A Lawyer Walks Into A Bar” won the Texas Competition and Alyson Shelton’s “Eye of Understanding” won a special jury award, Alex Weil‘s “One Rat Short” won the animation competition and Calvin Reeder‘s “Little Farm” won in the shorts category, with a special mention for Lilah Vandenburgh‘s “Bitch.” The festival concluded on Saturday with the closing night gala screening of Sarah Polley‘s “Away From Her” and Polley received the Dallas Star Award. [Eugene Hernandez]

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