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San Diego pic fest wraps

Festival makes impressive debut

Boasting an unusual show of major studio support for a first time festival, the San Diego World Film Festival wrapped its inaugural run last Thursday.

Awards were doled out at a closing-night ceremony held at San Diego’s U.S. Grant hotel after the 10-day event.

Jury Awards for Films in Competition went to Adam Beach, actor, “Smoke Signals”; Sylvie Testud, actress, “Beyond Silence”; Sherman Alexie, screenplay, “Smoke Signals”; Chris Eyre, director, “Smoke Signals”; “Gadjo Dilo,” foreign film, (France); “Reinfather,” short film, directed by Corky Quakenbush; “A Short Wait Between Trains” and “Spider’s Thread” in a tie for student film; and “Smoke Signals,” American independent feature, directed by Chris Eyre.

Audience awards went to “Winged,” student film, directed by Val Keller; “The Callback,” short film, written and directed by David Deblinger; “En Garde,” foreign film, directed Phillipe De Broca; and “The Waiting Game,” American independent feature, directed by Chris verr Wiel.

Out-of-competition jury awards for studio films went to Gwyneth Paltrow, actress, “A Perfect Murder” (WB); Ed Harris, actor, “The Truman Show” (Paramount); Andrew Niccol, screenplay, “The Truman Show”; Peter Weir, director, “The Truman Show”; and “The Truman Show,” major studio film.

Fest presented lifetime achievement awards to Oscar winning actor Martin Landau (“Ed Wood”) and director John Frankenheimer (“The Manchurian Candidate”).

A series of screenings rounding out the event included “The Truman Show,” “A Perfect Murder,” “Can’t Hardly Wait” (Sony) and “Music From Another Room” (MGM/UA). Fox Searchlight’s “Cousin Bette” was the fest closer.

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