Exhibitors and distributors looking for a holiday hopeful at the ShowEast convention walked away happy from a Wednesday screening of 20th Century Fox’s “Mrs. Doubtfire,” a”Tootsie”-like comedy starring Robin Williams.

Eammon Bowles, VP of theatrical distribution for Samuel Goldwyn Co.

— attending ShowEast as part of the convention’s salute to indie distributors — said with the various dramas being released, the family-oriented “Doubtfire””has a very clean field.”

One of those dramas, Brian De Palma’s Al Pacino starrer “Carlito’s Way,” also got a big boost from ShowEast. One of the convention’s top honors — the annual George Eastman Award — went to De Palma, while producer of the year went to pic’s Martin Bregman.

“Carlito’s,” which co-stars Sean Penn, also went over well with the ShowEast audience.

Also screened during the final two days of the convention were New Line Cinema’s “Blink,” a murder thriller directed by Michael Apted and starring Aidan Quinn and Madeleine Stowe, and Gramercy Picture’s “A Dangerous Woman,” with Debra Winger. Both drew mixed-to-favorable nods from audience members.

Planned for the convention’s final night was an award banquet, with an achievement honor going to director John Avildsen, a lifetime achievement nod to Jack Valenti, a humanitarian award to United Artists Theater Circuit exec Hank Lightstone and an award for outstanding commitment to Universal distribution exec Fred Mound.

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