The winners of the 24th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival were announced Sunday during a festive luncheon.
The festival, which started Jan. 3 and concludes Monday with the screenings of this year’s winning entries, is one of the largest film festivals in north America that showcases new and international features and documentaries.
Festival Director Darryl MacDonald praised the work shown during the festival, saying it reflected the talent of a burgeoning group of new filmmakers.
This year, 182 films from 68 countries were screened, including 42 of the 71 foreign language entries for this year’s Academy Awards.
”I couldn’t be more delighted that our juries selected so many films by debuting and emerging directors for honors, in addition to the films they singled out from established filmmakers at this year’s event,” MacDonald said.
The winners were:
Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature: “The Sapphires.” (Australia).
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature: “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.” (U.S.).
The International Federation of Film Critics Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: ”Fill the Void.” (Israel).
The IFFC Prize for Best Actor of the Year in a Foreign Language Film: Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano and Giovanni Arcuri, “Caesar Must Die.” (Italy)
The IFFC Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film: Emilie Dequenne, “Our Children.” (Belgium).
New Voices/New Visions Award: “The Cleaner” (Peru) – Winner; “7 Boxes” (Paraguay) – Honorable Mention.
Cine Latino Award: “Blancanieves” (Spain) – Winner; “Sadourni’s Butterflies” (Argentina) – Honorable Mention.
The John Schlesinger Award: “Stolen Seas” (Somalia/ Kenya/ UK/ Italy) – Winner; “Far Out Isn’t Fair Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story” (U.S.) -Honorable Mention.
HP Bridging the Borders Award: “Jump” (Ireland/UK) – Winner; “When Day Breaks” (Serbia/Croatia/France) – Honorable Mention.