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Seattle film fest break B.O. records

'Night,' 'Hedgehog' win awards

The 2010 Seattle Film Fest wrapped Sunday touting record attendance in an early-summer frame that has seen overall moviegoing slide.

Fest also ended with the announcement of award recipients, which included the grand jury winner for American film, Tanya Hamilton’s “Night Catches Us,” and audience fave “The Hedgehog.”

With more than 160,000 in attendance, the 25-day fest is considered to be the largest in the U.S.

B.O. for the 2010 edition of the fest, which ran May 20-June 13, was up about 20% over 2009, according to reps for the fest. Among the 408 pics screened over 25 days were “The Extra Man,” “Howl,” “Waiting for ‘Superman'” and the “Grease” sing-along.

Along with “Night Catches Us,” Tanya Hamilton’s drama about a former Black Panther, jury kudo recipients including Borys Lankosz’s Polish pic “The Reverse,” which scored the jury prize for helmer, and Jeff Malmberg’s docu winner “Marwencol.”

The American film award won by “Night” is presented through a partnership with Fipresci, the Intl. Federation of Film Critics. Fest’s jury also handed out prizes for short films.

Along with French pic “Hedgehog,” winners of the fest’s audience awards (called the Golden Space Needles) included “Winter’s Bone,” nabbing director and actress, as well as docu winners “Ginny Ruffner: A Not So Still Life” and “Waste Land,” which tied.

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