Fest fetes U.S., France

'Century,' 'Mother' get best feature nods at Avignon

The 21st Century Filmmaker Awards were handed out at the closing ceremonies of the Avignon/New York Film Festival held at the French Institute/Alliance on Sunday, May 2.

The 10-day festival, which premiered 22 independent features and 22 shorts, concluded with awards for best American and French features, as well as best American and French shorts.

“Man of the Century,” by first-time helmer Adam Abraham, reeled in the best American feature award, while Georgia Irwin’s “Making Change” won the best American short prize.

The best French feature winner was “The Sky, The Birds, Your Mother!” by Djamel Bensalah; “No One Before You,” directed by Oliver Lecot, took home the nod for best French short.

Elia Lyssy received the 1999 Kodak vision award, a special jury prize, for outstanding cinematography in the American feature “The Money Shot.” The Separate Star screenplay award was given to Elizabeth Holder for the short “Weekend Getaway.”

Sponsors for the festival included Eastman Kodak, Delta Air Lines, Tribeca Film Center, Abel Cine Tech, LVT Subtitling, Cineric, Oculus, PrimeTime Post and Final Draft.