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Palmarès du festival de Durban
août 2009 | Palmarès | Cinéma/TV | Afrique du Sud

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Best Feature Film prize : NO PUEDO VIVIR SIN TI (Taiwan), directed by Leon Dai
Best South African Feature Film : SHIRLEY ADAMS, directed by Oliver Hermanus
Best First Feature Film : also SHIRLEY ADAMS
Best Director : Philippe Lioret for WELCOME (France).
Best Documentary : INTANGIBLE ASSET NO 82 (Australia/Japan)
by Emma Franz
Best South African Documentary : THE SILVER FEZ, directed by Lloyd Ross
Best Short Film : A BETTER LIFE (Spain), directed by Luis Fernandez Reneo
Best South African Short Film : COMING HOME, directed by Bobby Heaney
Best Actor: Firat Ayverdi in WELCOME (France)
« …his first appearance on screen is amazing and so is his intelligence, professionalism and interplay with the great actor Vincent Lindon. »
Best Cinematography: Ole Bratt Birkeland for HELEN (UK/Ireland)
« …for sheer photographic excellence and unforgettable visual expression and beauty… »

Best Screenplay: Ruwanthie De Chickera and Uberto Pasolini for MACHAN (Germany/Italy/Sri Lanka)

« for capturing the true essence of family, love, desperation and the longing for a better life. The story is humorous leaving the viewer feeling happy and positive, and the relationships portrayed were real and touching. »

Special Jury Mention: To the child actors of IZULU LAMI (South Africa), directed by Madoda Mcayiyana.

Special Mention Documentary: SEA POINT DAYS (South Africa), directed by Francois Verster and NOLLYWOOD BABYLON (Canada), directed by Ben Addelman and Samir Mallal.

Special Mention Short Film: MISS SGODIPHOLA (South Africa), directed by Andy « The Admiral » Kasrils

Wavescapes Surf Film Festival Audience Award: SURFICA MUSICA (Australia), directed by Mick Sowry …… a melodic surfing documentary that resonates with the spiritual duet between a violin virtuoso and surfing provocateur as they embark upon a radical experiment to explore creative expression.

Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award: ROUGH AUNTIES (United Kingdom/South Africa), directed by Kim Longinotto
« This affecting documentary is about an Amanzimtoti-based NGO, Operation Bobbi Bear and its small group of remarkable workers, mostly women, who battle to rescue and rehabilitate young victims of abuse and courageously pursue the perpetrators to bring them to justice. This film is expertly constructed from intimate footage of the different environments people live in, and the things that they say or struggle to say, resulting in a movie that is both authentic and compelling. »

Film Juries
Best South African Feature Film Jury
Darren Murray, filmmaker; Nathi Gumede, Curator, Kizo Art Gallery
Documentaries Jury
Val Adamson, photographer; Junaid Ahmed, filmmaker; Zandile Tembe, Ukhozi FM
Short Film Jury
Omelga Mthiyane, O Films; Jeff Rice, SB Productions; Jerry Pooe, Department of Arts, Culture and Sports KZN
Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award Jury
Nonhlanhla Mkhize, Director, Durban Gay and Lesbian Centre; David Spurrett, Philosophy Department, UKZN; Coral Vinsen, Amnesty International Durban;Poonitha Naidoo, Amnesty International Durban

DIFF is organised by the Centre for Creative Arts of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
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