Pic nabs top feature nod, Black named best thesp

The William H. Macy-starrer “Panic” was named Best Feature Drama as the inaugural Beverly Hills Film Fest bowed April 19-22 at the Clarity Theatre in BevHills. The film received The Feville d’Or (Golden Leaf), the fest’s top honor.

Other award winners were: Karen Black, who received the Actor Award for her role in “Five Easy Pieces”; “Pate” for Best Short Drama; “It’s All About You” for Best Feature Comedy; “A Package for Me” for Best Short Comedy; Tag Purvis (“Red Dirt”) for Best Director; “Change” for Best Original Story; and “Teddy Bear’s Picnic,” which received an honorary award.

“The festival was designed to bridge the world of premiere independent cinema with the renowned community of Beverly Hills,” said Fest director Adam Zoblotsky. “As the sister city to Cannes–Beverly Hills long awaited the opportunity to host a celebration for the finest in independent filmmaking.”

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