The Sapphires Shines at the Palm Springs Film Festival

Chris Dowd in the Sapphires
Chris Dowd as Dave in 'The Sapphires' - Photo by Lisa Tomasetti/ The Weinstein Company
The 24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival comes to a close on January 13, 2013 with the announcement of this year’s winners. After screening 182 movies representing 68 different countries, the festival has revealed the 2013 winners at a special luncheon celebrating the best of the festival’s films and performances.
Announcing the winners, Festival Director Darryl MacDonald stated: “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. In that sense, their choices perfectly reflected the Festival’s own programming choices for this year’s line-up, validating our selections and providing ample evidence of a new generation of exceptional filmmaking talent currently emerging on the world stage.”
Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
The Sapphires (Australia)
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (USA)
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Fill the Void (Israel)
FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Actor of the Year in a Foreign Language Film
Cosimo Rega, Salvatore Striano and Giovanni Arcuri from Caesar Must Die (Italy)
FIPRESCI Prize for Best Actress of the Year in a Foreign Language Film
Emilie Dequenne from 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 (USA) – Honorable Mention
HP Bridging the Borders Award
Jump (Ireland/UK) – Winner
When Day Breaks (Serbia/Croatia/France) – Honorable Mention

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