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IFP taps 5 for awards

Cash grants awarded

NEW YORK — The Independent Feature Project gave boosts to five aspiring independent filmmakers Tuesday during an IFP Market awards ceremony.

In its third consecutive year as part of the market, the IFC 2000 National Student Film Competition presented $15,000 in cash grants from the Independent Film Channel to three filmmakers.

Joan Stein won the $10,000 grand prize for her film “One Day Crossing,” set during the rise of fascism in 1940s Budapest. Prize also includes a $10,000 product grant from Eastman Kodak. The first and second prizes of $3,000 and $2,000 cash grants went, respectively, to Peter Sollett for his short “Five Feet High and Rising” and Michael Schaerer for “Warmth.”

Among the IFC 2000 prize jurors were film critic David Sterritt, director Alison McLean, Griffin Dunne and IFC manager of acquisitions Kelly De Vine.

New kudos debut

Two new honors — the HeavyLight post-production grant and the Pipedream script award — were also announced.

HeavyLight co-head Robert Luttrell presented his company’s prize of a complete video-to-film transfer to Kate Davis for her doc “Southern Comfort,” about an unconventional love affair.

Pipedream Prods. president Annie Schulhof bestowed her company’s $10,000 script award upon Bill Gullo for “Redmond,” a comedy about a lonely Manhattan elevator man. The Pipedream award jury included Fisher Stevens, Richard LaGravenese and writer David Henry Hwang (“M. Butterfly”).

Cash and product prizes distributed at this year’s IFP Market total $70,000 — up from $50,000 last year. The market runs through Sept. 22 at SoHo’s Angelika Film Center and environs.

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