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‘Wristcutters’ wows Gen Art Festival

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Helmer Goran Dukic’s “Wristcutters: A Love Story” won the top prize at the 11th annual Gen Art Film Festival in Gotham this week. Helmer received $10,000 prize as part of the honor. “Wristcutters” is a warped road-trip comedy starring Patrick Fugit.

Pic is next skedded to screen at the Sundance Institute at BAM fest. Jay Duplass’ “The Intervention,” meantime, was named Gen Art’s top short pic. Scott Glosserman’s pulpy “Behind the Mask,” about a famed psycho killer, was the Gen Art aud’s top feature. Katherine Cunningham-Eves, star of Scott Tuft’s “The Passage of Mrs. Calabash” took home the inaugural Stargazer Award, honoring breakout talent. For a full list of winners, go to genart.org/film.

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Third annual Vail Film Festival — which screened 75 features and shorts in its lineup this year — gave its Gold Summit Award for contribution to film to thesp William Forsythe (“Freedomland”). “Laura Smiles,” by helmer Jason Ruscio, won Vail’s feature prize. Pic stars Kip Pardue, Petra Wright and Jonathan Silverman in the story of one woman’s attempt to reinvent her life after a tragedy. Jason Berry’s “Off Road to Athens,” about U.S. Mountain Biking Team hopefuls, won for docu. For a full list of winners, go to vailfilmfestival.org.

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The three-year-old Global Peace Film Festival in Orlando, Fla., has set up an international showcase for its films in Beppu City, Japan, May 5-7. Highlights will include a world preem of the supernatural drama “In Between,” as well as Luis Mandoki’s pic about El Salvador’s Civil War in the 1980s, “Innocent Voices,” and “Favela Rising,” the docu about Brazil’s fight against violence through the arts. Orlando fest — which aims to include films that further the goal of global world peace — runs Sept.14-21. For more info, go to peacefilmfest.org.

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