2010 AFIFEST presented by Audi winners announced
AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi announced Audience and Jury Award-Winning Films and were screened for FREE to the public at Mann Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood


LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi announced the four feature and two short films that are the recipients of this year’s Audience and Jury Awards. The announcement was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in the same room where the first Oscar Awards was held.

The winning films were screened FREE to the public on same day of announcement at Mann Chinese 6 Theatres. Admission was available to AFI FEST 2010 passholders and the general public via the Rush Line, which begins forming one hour before each film’s scheduled screening start time.

“We’ve had extraordinary, diverse audiences and incredible attendance at the festival this year, so it’s especially rewarding to acknowledge the films that our audiences have loved the most,” said Jacqueline Lyanga, Director of AFI FEST presented by Audi. “And we had an incredibly knowledgeable and talented shorts jury who had to make tough decisions given the array of short films deserving recognition this year.”

“We’ve had an amazing audience response at AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi,” said Lane Kneedler, Associate Director of Programming. “It’s a smart crowd, and we love the films they chose as the award winners for 2010. We were happy to see that the votes were extremely close because it means that our audiences loved so many of the films.“

One film in each of the following sections received an Audience Award:

World Cinema
BOY: When his absent father returns home, a young boy in 1980’s New Zealand must confront the man he thought he remembered. DIR/SCR Taika Waititi. New Zealand .

New Auteurs
BEDEVILLED: An island vacation turns deadly for Hae-won when she tries to help her abused childhood friend and her daughter escape. DIR Cheol-soo Jang. SCR Choi Gwang-young. South Korea .

Young Americans
LITTLEROCK: When her car breaks down on a sightseeing tour of California , a Japanese student discovers a different America than the one in her dreams. DIR/SCR Mike Ott. USA .

Breakthrough (award accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize)
HAMILL: Inspired by the life of deaf UFC fighter, Matt Hamill, this film tells the story of what it takes to be a champion, on and off the mat. DIR Oren Kaplan. SCR Joseph McKelheer, Eben Kostbar. USA .

As in previous years, a jury decides the Short Film Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes each winner as a qualifier for the annual Academy Awards®.

Live Action Short Film
QUADRANGLE: An unconventional documentary about two “conventional” couples who swapped partners and lived in a group marriage in the early ‘70s. DIR Amy Grappell. USA .

Animated Short Film
MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON: Voiced and written by SNL alum Jenny Slate, this short about a shell took the Internet by storm. DIR Dean Fleischer-Camp. SCR Jenny Slate, Dean Fleischer-Camp. USA .

PHOTOGRAPH OF JESUS (DIR Laurie Hill) and THE HIGH LEVEL BRIDGE (DIR/SCR Trevor Anderson) receive honorable mention from the Short Film Jury and will also screen again today.

SHORT FILM JURY
Kyle Patrick Alvarez: Kyle Patrick Alvarez is a 27-year-old, Los Angeles-based writer/director. His acclaimed first feature, EASIER WITH PRACTICE (2009), won several notable awards, including the “Someone to Watch” Independent Spirit Award, the Grand Jury Prize at CineVegas and Best New International Feature at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter described the film as “an unexpectedly stirring first feature.” Alvarez is currently developing a feature film based on an essay by famed humorist David Sedaris.

Katie Aselton: Actor and filmmaker Katie Aselton starred in the films THE PUFFY CHAIR (2005) and INTERVENTION (2005), the latter of which won the Silver Bear and Teddy Awards for Best Short Film at Berlin . She acted alongside John C. Reilly in the Duplass Brothers’ CYRUS (2010). Her voice plays an integral role in Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s EASIER WITH PRACTICE. She has appeared in NBC’s THE OFFICE and Spike TV’s PLAYERS and she currently stars in THE LEAGUE on the FX Network. In 2009 she directed her first movie, THE FREEBIE, in which she stars opposite Dax Shepard. THE FREEBIE premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Greta Gerwig: Noted actress Greta Gerwig most recently starred opposite Ben Stiller in GREENBERG, written and directed by Noah Baumbach. She subsequently wrapped Ivan Reitman’s NO STRINGS opposite Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, and she stars with Russell Brand in the forthcoming remake of ARTHUR, directed by Jason Winer. Greta co-wrote, co-directed and starred in NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS (2008), and has also starred in BAGHEAD (2008) and HANNAH TAKES THE STAIRS (2007). A.O. Scott recently wrote in The New York Times that Gerwig “may well be the definitive screen actress of her generation.”

Todd Luoto: Since 2006, Todd Luoto has been a shorts programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, and has also worked for the CineVegas Film Festival, Kodak, the Silver Lake Film Festival and Dimension Films. Luoto is also a filmmaker himself. His latest short, OIL CHANGE (2009), screened at festivals including AFI FEST and Tribeca.

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FESTIVAL OVERVIEW

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi included 97 films (66 features, 31 shorts) selected from 3,000 submissions. The films selected represent 31 countries. The foreign countries with the most films in the program are the UK (11), France (9) and South Korea (6).

The Opening Night Gala was the world premiere of AFI Conservatory alumnus Ed Zwick’s LOVE & OTHER DRUGS. The Closing Night Gala screening of BLACK SWAN – also by an AFI Conservatory alumnus, Darren Aronofsky – takes place tonight at the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

An ensemble Tribute to THE KING’S SPEECH featuring director Tom Hooper and actors Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush was a festival highlight, as were the Centerpiece Galas: ABEL (DIR Diego Luna), BARNEY’S VERSION (DIR Rihard J. Lewis), BLUE VALENTINE (DIR Derek Cianfrance), CASINO JACK (DIR George Hickenlooper) and THE COMPANY MEN (DIR John Wells). Special Screenings of AMIGO (DIR John Sayles), CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (DIR Werner Herzog), MADE IN DAGENHAM (DIR Nigel Cole) and RABBIT HOLE (DIR John Cameron Mitchell) were also popular with audiences.

The festival’s “Secret Screening” was the world premiere of THE FIGHTER (DIR David O. Russell), which was preceded by ON ACTING – A CONVERSATION WITH HALLE BERRY.

AFI alumnus David Lynch brought his distinct personality and creative vision to the festival by contributing artwork that was used as the basis of the festival’s creative campaign and selecting five films for his Guest Artistic Director sidebar program.

About the American Film Institute
AFI is America ’s promise to preserve the history of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work, and to educate the next generation of storytellers. As a national, public-supported educational and cultural organization, AFI provides leadership in film, television and digital media and is dedicated to initiatives that engage the past, the present and the future of the moving image arts.

AFI preserves the legacy of America ’s film heritage through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films, an authoritative record of American films from 1893 to the present, and the AFI Archives, which contains rare footage from across the history of the moving image.

AFI honors the artists and their work through a variety of annual programs and special events, including the AFI Life Achievement Award and AFI Awards. For 38 years, the AFI Life Achievement Award has remained the highest honor for a career in film while AFI Awards, the institute’s almanac for the 21st century, honors the most outstanding motion pictures and television programs of the year. AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movies television events and movie reference lists, as well as AFI Night at the Movies, have introduced and reintroduced classic American movies to millions of film lovers. And as the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the United States, AFI offers film enthusiasts a variety of events throughout the year, including AFI Fest presented by Audi, the longest running international film festival in Los Angeles; AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs, the largest documentary festival in the US; and year-round programming at the AFI Silver Theatre in the Washington, D.C. area.

AFI educates the next generation of storytellers at its world-renowned AFI Conservatory, offering a two-year Master of Fine Arts degree in six filmmaking disciplines: Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Production Design and Screenwriting. AFI also explores new digital technologies through special workshops.

Additional information about AFI is available at www.AFI.com.

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About AFI FEST presented by Audi

Celebrating its 24th year as a program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi will take place November 4 through 11 in the heart of Hollywood . Kicking off the awards season each year, AFI FEST offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community, while providing appreciative audiences with a festive atmosphere and the very best of world film, right in the center of the film capital of the world.

The American Film Market (AFM), November 3-10, 2010, is the market partner of AFI FEST. Together, AFI FEST and AFM provide the only concurrent festival/market event in North America . AFI FEST is the only FIAPF-accredited film festival in the United States . The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the annual Academy Awards®.

AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi is sponsored in part by American Airlines ­­¾ the official airline of AFI ¾ American Film Market (AFM) and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. Additional sponsors include Baskin-Robbins, Clarisonic, Hollywood & Highland Center, Little Black Dress Wines and Stella Artois . AFI FEST is proud of its new relationship with the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre and its continued collaboration with the Skirball Cultural Center .

Additional information about AFI FEST presented by Audi is available at AFI.com/AFIFEST. Connect with AFI FEST presented by Audi at facebook.com/AFIFEST, twitter.com/AFIFEST and youtube.com/AFIFEST.

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About Audi

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About AFM

The business of independent motion picture production and distribution -- a truly collaborative process -- reaches its peak every year at the American Film Market. More than 7,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal making, screenings, seminars, premieres, networking and parties. Participants come from over 70 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world’s press and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry.

AFM is the premier global marketplace for Hollywood ’s decision makers. In just eight days, more than $800 million in deals are sealed ¾ on both completed films and those that haven’t started shooting yet ¾ making AFM the must-attend industry event.

The American Film Market is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing the world’s producers and distributors of independent motion pictures and television programs. More information can be found at www.IFTA-online.org and AmericanFilmMarket.com.



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