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Awards

2008 AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award
TROUBLED WATER (Norway/Sweden, North American Premiere), Dir. Erik Poppe.

Golden Starfish Documentary Feature Award
HERB AND DOROTHY (USA, NY Premiere), Dir. Megumi Sasaki.

Golden Starfish Short Film Award
I AM SO PROUD OF YOU (USA, East Coast Premiere) Dir. Don Hertzfeldt.

Kodak Award for Best Cinematography
VASERMIL (Israel, East Coast Premiere) Dir. Mushon Salmona; Cinematographer Ram Shweky.

Zicherman Family Foundation Award For Best Screenwriter
BOOGIE (Romania, North American Premiere) Dir. Radu Muntean; Screenwriters Alexandru Baciu, Razvan Radulescu, Radu Muntean.

Brizzolara Family Award for Films of Conflict and Resolution
SNOW (Bosnia/ Herzegovina/Germany/France/Iran, US Premiere) Dir. Aida Begic.

RoC® Gold Standard Award for Female Feature Director
Presented to Elissa Down for her film THE BLACK BALOON (Australia, US Premiere).

Caroline’s Comedy Emerging Talent Award
Presented to Michael Spicer, writer & star of HOW I LEARNED TO LOVE RICHARD GERE.

The Heineken Red Star Award
Presented to Patrick Read Johnson for his film ‘ 77.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Film Prize in Science and Technology
Presented to Marc Abraham, director of FLASH OF GENIUS

¡Sorpresa!  Youth Film Competition
I WANT MY PARENTS BACK made by a group of 9 teenagers under the guidance of Media Arts Center San Diego Teen Producers program.  Their names are: Argenis Herrera, Euniz Gonzalez, Garrett Hayes, Khirye Rice, Omar Flores, Cody Marshall, Aaron Dominguez, Melly Jenny, Nathan Villalobos.

Undergraduate and Graduate Student Film/Video Awards
Presented to: AMERICAN DREAM, Dir. Joseph Mann; CLOUDED, Dir. Ajae Clearway; ONE MORE GAME WITH YOU, Dir. Ryan Parma; ROSALIE, Dir. Nicholas Berger; THE HOLLOW TREE, Dir. Patrick Steward.

Golden Starfish Award for Best Young Videomaker
IMAGE OF CONTAMINATION: SAN ANTONIO’S TOXIC TRIANGLE, co-directed by young filmmakers Liz Gonzalez and Antonio Rodriguez from San Antonio, TX.

Lifetime Movie Network Everywoman Filmmaker Award
Presented to Negin Farsad for her film HOT BREAD KITCHEN.

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Presented to TROUBLED WATER (Norway/Sweden, North American Premiere), Dir. Erik Poppe.

Audience Award for Best Documentary
Presented to HERB AND DOROTHY (USA, NY Premiere), Dir. Megumi Sasaki.

Audience Award for Best Short Film
Presented to THE PIG (Denmark, US Premiere) Dir. Dorte Hoegh.

GOLDEN STARFISH PRIZES

Narrative Feature Film Award
over $185,000 in-kind goods & services

Documentary Feature Film Award
$5,000 cash

Short Film Award
$5,000 cash

Best Youth-Produced Short Video Award
$500 cash

The Golden Starfish Award for Career Achievement in Acting

SPONSORED AWARDS

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize
in Science and Technology

$25,000 cash

The Brizzolara Family Inspirational Film Award for Films of Conflict & Resolution
$5,000 cash

The Zicherman Family Foundation Award for Screenwriting
$5,000 cash

Caroline’s Comedy Emerging Talent Award
$7,500 cash

The Kodak Award for Cinematography
$6,000 in-kind goods & services

Best Undergraduate and Graduate Student Films
Five Prizes @ $1,000 cash each

RoC® Gold Standard Award for Female Feature Director

The Heineken Red Star Award

The Lifetime Movie Network Everywoman Filmmaker Award

The ¡Sorpresa! Network Youth Film Award

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Short Film