Robert McGinley’s “Jimmy Zip” and Liliane Targownik’s “Rosenzweig’s Freedom” won best feature awards Monday night as the Hollywood Film Festival’s third installment wound to a close.
As prizes, each filmmaker received $30,000 worth of post-production services for their next project and $14,000 worth of airline tickets.
Also honored at the BevHilton banquet were Jack Lemmon, James Caan, Irwin Winkler, John Schlesinger, Dede Allen and Jerry Goldsmith, all for career achievement. Drew Barrymore and Jackie Chan were named actors of the year.
In accepting her award, Allen — a veteran film editor who cut “Reds,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Little Big Man” and “Bonnie and Clyde” — tried to rouse the industry to appeal for Robert Downey Jr.’s release from prison.
“He does not belong in jail — he belongs in treatment,” said Allen, who recently worked with Downey on Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys” and said the actor was “clean and sober” throughout the shoot.
Casting directors Jane Jenkins and Janet Hirshenson, who have cast more than 100 films including “Air Force One,” “Last Action Hero” and “Godfather III,” were also celebrated by the festival, which honors established Hollywood professionals as well as emerging independent filmmakers.
“The Children of Chabannes,” directed by Lisa Gossels and Dean Wetherell, was voted best documentary; “Damned If You Do,” by Jim Zeilinger, was best short film; and “Mutt,” by Kirby Atkins, was best animated film.
David Flamholc, the Swedish writer and director of “Lithium,” received the Hollywood Young Filmmaker Award. An ebullient Flamholc persuaded the audience to repeat after him, “Welcome to Hollywood, David.”
McGinley’s 112-minute crime tale, in which a 16-year-old pyromaniac runaway teams up with a sculptor, won for best feature made for less than $1 million. From the stage, McGinley said “Zip” showed “how art and alchemy can change the human spirit.”
“Rosenzweig,” about a Jewish laborer suspected of killing a neo-Nazi, was the winner the over-$1 million category. Targownik, an Israeli filmmaker, set the 90-minute picture in Germany amid the flare-up of extremist violence of the early 1990s.
Carlos de Abreu, who founded the Hollywood Film Festival in 1997 with his wife, TV hostess Janice Pennington, said he was delighted by the response to the event.
“Our conferences were packed and our screenings were well-attended,” de Abreu said Tuesday. “We had over 15,000 attendees and last night’s gala awards ceremony was truly an extraordinary Hollywood moment.”
At the bash, as Neil Simon presented Lemmon with his award, the playwright told the audience that, after some research, “I found that, so far, Jack Lemmon has been in every movie ever made,” including “The Bible” and “Gone With the Wind.” In “All Quiet on the Western Front,” Simon said, Lemmon was “the only soldier who wasn’t quiet.”
Accepting his award, Lemmon said he “would like to be the first guy to come back in a couple of years and get another one.”
Val Kilmer, who stars in Winkler’s latest film, “At First Sight,” presented the director with his life achievement award.
“He’s made more pictures with Robert De Niro than Robert De Niro,” Kilmer said, referring to the seven-picture collaboration between the actor and Winkler, whose credits include “Raging Bull,” “Night and the City,” “Rocky” and “Goodfellas.”
Other presenters included Martin Landau, Mark Rydell, Arthur Hiller, Patrick Swayze and Jon Voight.