2013 FORT LAUDERALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS
Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to
ANN-MARGRET, ED ASNER, TAB HUNTER, PAULY COHEN
Career Achievement Award was presented to
WALKING WITH THE ENEMY
runs away with
Best Film, Best Supporting Actress and Star on The Horizon Awards
Fort Lauderdale, FL – (November 11, 2013) – The 28th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) celebrated the careers of iconic talents, Ann-Margret, Ed Asner and Tab Hunter, up and coming actors, independent and foreign films and community leaders. Achievement Awards were presented to honorees and to films in competition categories. The festival presented over 175 American Independent and World Cinema features, documentaries and short films during the 25-day event from October 18 - November 11, 2013.
“We feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to share such a diverse range of extraordinarily wonderful films with our audiences at FLiFF this year. We’re also grateful to the talented filmmakers and performers who shared their work with us,” said Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
Early on during the festival, the careers of film and TV actors Ed Asner and Tab Hunter were honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Ninety-one year-old big band trumpeter, Pauly Cohen, whose story was told in the documentary Taking Charge: The Pauly Cohen Story also received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Actress Lea Thompson, star of The Trouble With The Truth, received the festival’s Career Achievement Award and was joined by co-star John Shea and director Jim Hemphill. Actress Joelle Carter, who starred in fest film A Perfect Man, received a Star on the Horizon Award. Joelle’s award was presented during FLIFF on Location: Grand Bahama Island, a five day satellite festival that takes place simultaneously with the festival in Fort Lauderdale.
Saturday, November 9, during FLiFF’s Inaugural Chairman’s Awards Gala at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, FL., multi-award winning actress Ann-Margret was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. “To receive an award for doing what I love doing, performing, is amazing. I’ve had the good fortune to have worked with people that I respect, worked on projects that I enjoyed, and performed for audiences who have given me so much love. I am so blessed,” commented Ann-Margret.
Additionally that evening, FLiFF recognized stars of the film Walking With the Enemy, Jonas Armstrong and Hannah Tointon, with the Star on the Horizon Award.
Director of African Safari 3-D, Ben Stassen, was awarded the Vision Award for forward thinking in the advancement of the motion picture industry.
Prominent community leaders were honored for their outstanding commitment to film and cultural advancement in South Florida. Miles Forman and Austin Forman of the Forman Family Foundation received the Community Partnership Award and Linda Carter of the Community Foundation of Broward and The Mary N. Porter Legacy Fund received the Cultural Fabric Award.
The Gala, conceived by FLIFF Chair Alan Koslow, to honor celebrated actors and prominent cultural supporters in the community, was the largest event in the festival’s history and concluded with a live performance by multiple Grammy Award winning artist, Michael Bolton.
Sunday, November 10, FLiFF presented awards for films in competition categories at their year-round art-house theater, Cinema Paradiso-Fort Lauderdale.
The prestigious Seashell Award for Best Film, created by Uruguayan artist Jesus Sosa, went to the romantic suspense-thriller Walking With The Enemy, directed by Mark Schmidt who accepted the award. Inspired by a true story, the film follows the heroic effort of a young man swept up in the horrors of WWII. Aided by the woman he loves, he defies the enemy by becoming one of them. Flora Spencer-Longhurst, received the award for Best Supporting Actress for her heart-wrenching performance in Walking With the Enemy.
The award for Best Foreign Language Film went to Love Is In The Air, a rollicking, sexy, hilarious affair of the heart directed by Alexandre Castagnetti.
August Osage County received awards for Best Indie Film and Best Actress Meryl Streep.
Bruce Dern was honored with the award for Best Actor for the film Nebraska.
Other awards presented were:
Best Supporting Actor: Ralph Finnes for his role in Great Expectations (UK)
Best Documentary: Walking The Camino (USA/Spain), directed by Lydia B. Smith
Best Short: 88 Miles to Moscow (USA), directed by Karen Glienke
Best Florida Feature: The Last Hit (USA), directed by Mike Glier
Special Jury Prizes went to:
CinemAbility (USA), directed by Jenni Gold
Girl on a Bicycle (USA/France), directed by
Josephine (France), directed by Agnes Obadia
The Rocket (Laos), star Sitthiphon Disamo, directed by Kim Mordaunt
Ian Harvie: Superhero (USA), comedian Ian Harvie, directed by Liam K. Smith
The Making of Great Voices Sing John Denver (USA), directed by Kenneth Shapiro
extraordinary: the stan romanek story (USA), directed by Jon Sumple
Notable guests who attended their films during the 28th annual film festival included: actor Stephen Moyer who produced the opening night film, Free Ride, attended along with director Shana Betz. Director David Frankel attended the screening of his latest film One Chance.
The 28th Annual Fort Lauderdale international Film Festival is dedicated in loving memory to staff member of seven years, Jane Moguillansky, who passed away the week prior to Opening Night.