CineVegas Final Results

Festivals & Fairs, Film, Movies, the Arts | | June 19, 2007 at 08:01

cinevegas3.JPGThe 9th Annual CineVegas Film Festival is over. What a whirlwind, wonderful experience! I’m almost afraid to promote the event for fear of it losing its intimacy and accessibility from too much success. Here is a film festival that still has plenty of room for public access, yet has evolved into a professional, well-run event attracting quality films and even a few stars.

The red carpet part is what interests me least, but the presence of Ben Kingsley and Anthony Hopkins certainly lend a gravitas that puts festivals on the map. And of course, we don’t want to forget that the 9th Annual CineVegas started out with the world premiere of Ocean’s Thirteen, certainly not an independent film, but a red carpet event that sizzled with the star power of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and the rest of the new Rat Pack.

The Festival offered 40+ films with eight series of shorts films in 9 1/2 days. The problem was seeing as many films as possible and still maintaining a semblance of another life. I met one loyal fan who has been attending the Festival all nine years since infancy when there were actually two festivals in town, one non-profit and one commercial, neither one called CineVegas. He literally takes CineVegas as his summer vacation and had seen over 30 screenings. Even as a full-time participant, conflicts in film schedules, which usually screen 1-2 times during the Festival, prevent you from viewing everything. Choices, choices, choices.

I personally experienced 15 films, a variety of shorts and a couple of documentaries: Mexican, Malaysian, Asian-American, French, films set in Africa, Kuala Lumpur, Mexico City, Paris, New York, LA, the desert outside Las Vegas.

Sandra’s opinion:

Most compelling performance: Marion Cotilard as Edith Pilaf La Vie en Rose” directed by Olivier Dahan (French)
Most compelling actor: Nick Chinlund in “The Fifth Patient” directed by Amir Mann
Most natural actress: Kim Jiang in “Tie a Yelllow Ribbon” directed by Joy Dietrich
Most PrimeTime Ready: documentary on Simon Wiesenthal “I Have Never Forgotten You” directed by Richard Trank
Best told story: “Morirse en Domingo” (Never on a Sunday) by Mexican Director Daniel Grunier
Most finely drawn characters: “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” by Director Joy Dietrich
Most all-round audience appeal: “Look” directed by Adam Rifkin
Most Hollywood-like: “Throwing Stars” directed by Todd Breau
Most beautiful visually: “Malos Habitos” (Bad Habits) by Mexican Director Simon Bross
Film requiring most Patience that still delivered reward: “All God’s Children Can Dance” directed by Robert Longevall
Silliest Film: “Viva” directed by Anna Biller
Most Self-Indulgent: “Slipstream” directed by Anthony Hopkins

Official results:

Grand Jury Prize: “Look” directed by Adam Rifkin
Special Jury for Directing: “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” directed by Joy Dietrich
Special Jury for Visual Expression: “All God’s Chlidren Can Dance” directed by Robert Longevall
Audience Award for Documentary: “I have Never Forgotten You” directed by Richard Trank
Audience Award for Narrative Feature: “Throwing Stars” directed by Todd Breau
Heineken Red Star Award: “The Living Wake” directed by Sol Tryon
La Proxima Ola Jury Prize: “Malos Habitos” (Bad Habits) directed by Simon Bross

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