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IFP grants, awards go to filmmakers

Org delivers indie awards on Sept. 18

The IFP gave out $130,000 in grants and in-kind awards Sept. 18 at the annual Independent Filmmaker Awards ceremony.

Prizes included the first $50,000 finishing grant, awarded to Joseph Cashiola for his first dramatic film, “A Thing as Big as the Ocean.” Funds for that award were provided anonymously.

Other prizes included the Adrienne Shelly director’s grant, a $10,000 cash award presented to Dia Sokol for her first film, “Sorry, Thanks.”

Writer Benjamin Bates won the Kodak Grand Jury screenwriting prize for “Walrus Eating Baloney.” “Walrus” earned him $5,000 in cash and a $5,000 Kodak product grant.

The $10,000 Fledgling Fund award for socially conscious documentaries went to Beth Murphy for her Iraq doc “The Promise of Freedom.”