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This weekend sees the presentation of the EIFF's prestigious feature film awards. We take a look at the four awards and some of the contenders. The privately held ceremony will be hosted by Artistic D...

This weekend sees the presentation of the EIFF's prestigious feature film awards. We take a look at the four awards and some of the contenders.

The privately held ceremony will be hosted by Artistic Director Shane Danielsen and takes place on Saturday 26 August, concluding at 14:00. Among those in attendance will be EIFF Patron Sir Sean Connery and John Hurt, chairman of the 2006 Michael Powell Jury. We’ll have the results and exclusive pictures from the star-studded event available online later the same day.

In the meantime, here’s a round-up of the four Feature Film Awards which will be presented on the day.

Best Feature Documentary Award

Since its inception as a documentary film festival in 1947, the EIFF has championed innovative documentary filmmaking. This inaugural Award will recognise a singular and compelling achievement in non-fiction filmmaking, celebrating the act of filmmaking for its own sake.

2006’s documentary selection were diverse in style and subject matter. From Doug Block’s personal investigation of his family history in 51 Birch Street; through the headline-making ecological documentary An Inconvenient Truth; to the lyrical and impressionistic Voices of Bam; the competition is fierce for this prestigious inaugural award.

The winning documentary will be screened again at 10:00 on Sunday 27 August as part of the Lavazza sponsored Best of the Fest.

Standard Life Audience Award

The EIFF believes there is no better judge of the quality of a film than our discerning audience, as demonstrated by the Oscar® success of 2005 winner Tsotsi.

The 2006 compettion has been fierce with the lead changing hands on several occasions, between The Flying Scotsman, Clerks II and Little Miss Sunshine. With potential winners in the guise of Driving Lessons, The Oh in Ohio and The Night Listener still to be shown, the competition is still wide open.

The Lavazza sponsored Best of the Fest allows audiences to see many of the movies that have shown in the Gala and British Gala programmes.

The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature

Since its inception in 1993 The Michael Powell Award has set a high standard in rewarding creativity in British filmmaking. The 2006 Jury has been chaired by British acting legend John Hurt and has extensively studied films running in the British Gala programme.

From crowd-pleasing local production The Flying Scotsman; via the brutal realism of Dead Man’s Cards; to the challenging drama of Snow Cake; the discerning jury will have their work cut out agreeing on a winner fron the 2006 selection.

The Michael Powell Award is sponsored by the UK Film Council.

Skillset New Directors Award

This Award acknowledges new interpretation and innovation in filmmaking and underlines one of the basic tenets of the Film Festival, which is to be a Festival of discovery.

Films from first-time directors in the Rosebud and British Gala programmes are under consideration. Previous winners cover a diverse range of genre and style, from inaugural winner Lynne Ramsay’s Ratcatcher to Mike Mills for 2005’s Thumbsucker.

 

 


 

 

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