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Feature Film Award Winners for 2006 Announced

The winners of the EIFF 2006 Feature Awards were announced this afternoon in an exclusive reception at The Point Hotel, hosted by Artistic Director Shane Danielsen. Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s...

The winners of the EIFF 2006 Feature Awards were announced this afternoon in an exclusive reception at The Point Hotel, hosted by Artistic Director Shane Danielsen.

Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe’s superb, genre-bending Brothers of the Head won the esteemed Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film. The Jury for the 2006 Award was chaired by British acting legend John Hurt and included Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig, Irish writer John Banville, acclaimed Scottish Director Michael Caton-Jones and rock legend Chrissie Hynde. The Michael Powell Award is sponsored by the UK Film Council.

Scripted by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer, Tony Grisoni, and directed by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe, it follows the rise to rock stardom of conjoined twins. There will be a special screening of the award-winning film, tonight at 21:45 at The Cameo.

Kevin Smith's raucous comedy Clerks II received the Standard Life Audience Award. Sponsored by Standard Life, the winner is chosen by audience votes from the Gala and British Gala sections of the Festival.

Smith also appeared at EIFF 2006 for a rare UK appearance, in a Reel Life interview. Festival audiences who missed out on the original sold-out performances of Clerks II, have another opportunity to see it at 12:00 on Sunday 27 August as part of the Lavazza sponsored Best of the Fest.

The inaugural Best Documentary Feature Award went to Jake Clennell for The Great Happiness Space: Tale of an Osaka Love Thief. The ‘Great Happiness Space’ is Osaka’s Rakkyo Café: a club, run by ambitious young entrepreneur Issei, where a core staff of 20 young men are groomed to become the top male escorts in the city. The film will receive a further screening as part of Best of the Fest, at 10:00 on Sunday 27 August at Filmhouse.

Director Paul Andrew Williams took home the Skillset New Directors Award for urban thriller London to Brighton. The film charts 24 hours in the life of a prostitute and a young runaway, fleeing to Brighton in a desperate attempt to save their own lives. The gripping drama receives a further screening as part of Best of the Fest at 14:00 on Sunday 27 August at the Cameo.

Tickets for screenings of the Award winning films can be purchased online, in person at the venue Box Office or by telephone on 0131 623 8030.

See the Photo Gallery for exclusive pictures of the event. 

 

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