2012 Florida Film Festival Recognized the Best in American Independent and Foreign Films

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The 2012 Florida Film Festival, sponsored by Full Sail University, announced the Jury and Audience Awards during a highly anticipated ceremony this weekend. With a record-breaking number of entries and 169 films representing 31 countries, the Festival recognized the best in American independent and foreign film. Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Grand Jury Award for Best Live Action and Animated Short films automatically qualifies the winners for entry into the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards®.

Co-Director Shasta Grenier NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT

The 2012 Florida Film Festival, sponsored by Full Sail University, announced the Jury and Audience Awards during a highly anticipated ceremony this weekend. With a record-breaking number of entries and 169 films representing 31 countries, the Festival recognized the best in American independent and foreign film. Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Grand Jury Award for Best Live Action and Animated Short films automatically qualifies the winners for entry into the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards®.

“This year’s award winners reflect the incredible diversity and vitality of indie filmmaking from the U.S. and abroad,” said Matthew Curtis, programming director. “We have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to program some extraordinary new works of cinema, and see audiences who have embraced the unexpected while being both challenged and wholeheartedly entertained.”

“Congratulations to all of the award winners and to the Florida Film Festival for sharing yet another year of extraordinary and inspiring independent film with our students and the community,” said Rick Ramsey, Full Sail University’s Director of Visual Arts. “As primary sponsor, we were honored to join Enzian in celebrating the creativity and impact that the festival provides.”

The jury and audience award winners of the 2012 Florida Film Festival in the American Independent and International Feature Film, Documentary, and Short Film categories are as follows:

Narrative Features:
Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature - MAGIC VALLEY, directed by Jaffe Zinn

Special Jury Award for Compelling Narrative and Outstanding Ensemble Cast - MAMITAS, directed by Nicholas Ozeki

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature - THE BROOKLYN BROTHERS BEAT THE BEST, directed by Ryan O'Nan

Documentaries:
Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature - SALAAM DUNK, directed by David Fine

Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short - MAURICE, directed by Patrick Kack-Brice

Special Jury Award for Outstanding Direction - AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART, directed by Sylvia Caminer

Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature - NOT YET BEGUN TO FIGHT, directed by Sabrina Lee and Shasta Grenier

Shorts:
Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short - PRIMA DONNA, directed by Laurie Thomas

Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short - (NOTES ON) BIOLOGY, directed by ORNANA

Special Jury Award for Outstanding Comedy - HIGH MAINTENANCE, directed by Shawn Wines

Audience Award for Best Short Film - THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM, directed by Lucy Walker

International:

Audience Award for Best International Feature – THE INTOUCHABLES (France), directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano

Audience Award for Best International Short – THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD (UK), directed by Johannes Weiland and Uwe Heidschotter

About the Florida Film Festival:
The Florida Film Festival is the premier showcase in Central Florida for American independent and international film. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Festival debuted in 1992 and is a core program of ENZIAN, a nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1985. ENZIAN and the Florida Film Festival have served more than 1.5 million guests and hosted hundreds of notable celebrities including Cloris Leachman, Barry Levinson, Rick Springfield, Paul Newman, Christopher Walken, Oliver Stone, Glenn Close, John Waters, Emma Stone, Campbell Scott, James Caan, Ed Burns, Jason Lee, Gena Rowlands, William H. Macy, Jon Voight, and Edward James Olmos. The Festival is funded in part by national and local businesses including Primary Sponsor Full Sail University and receives support from United Arts of Central Florida and the State of Florida, Department of the State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, National Endowment for the Arts, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In addition, this project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program.
For additional information:
On-line: http://www.FloridaFilmFestival.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/floridafilmfestival
Twitter: @FloridaFilmFest

About Enzian:
Enzian is Central Florida's only full-time, not-for-profit cinema for first-run independent and international films, classic revivals, documentary features, and select family entertainment. Enzian, a member-supported organization serving the community for 27 years, is home to the internationally recognized Florida Film Festival and the Eden Bar.
For additional information:
On-line: http://www.Enzian.org
Phone: (407) 629-1088
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/EnzianTheater
Twitter: @EnzianTheater

About Full Sail University:
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. In 2011, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.
Full Sail offers on-campus and online Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree programs in areas related to animation, art business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.
For additional information:
http://www.fullsail.edu
http://www.twitter.com/fullsail
http://www.facebook.com/fullsailuniversity

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