THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE, SPOONER, LIKE DANDELION DUST and UNDER OUR SKIN Win Top Awards in Juried Competitions
(Sonoma, CA. April 9, 2009) – Actor Bruce Willis, along with international filmmakers, took home top honors at the Twelfth Annual Sonoma International Film Festival where Willis was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award at a special Tribute evening hosted by the Festival’s Chairman, Kevin McNeely. The Festival was held in Sonoma, California, from April 1 to 5.
The Canadian film THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE and American films LIKE DANDELION DUST, SPOONER and UNDER OUR SKIN received top juried awards. The THX Award for Best Creative Audio was presented to PUNCHING THE CLOWN. The Carolyn Stolman Humanitarian Award was presented to A GRANDMOTHER'S TRIBE.
The Twelfth Annual Sonoma International Film Festival, presented by The Wall Street Journal, announced the winners of its competition at the Highway 12 Lounge in downtown Sonoma, California. This year’s Festival featured 66 films including features, documentaries and short films from 18 countries. Bruce Willis was honored with the Festival’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday, April 4.
“We are extremely proud of these filmmakers’ and actors’ accomplishments and honored to have had these films as part of our Festival,” said Louisa Percudani, executive director of the Sonoma International Film Festival.
“It’s especially gratifying and exciting to see that the members of our juries selected a diverse group of films from filmmakers and actors who are all at an early stage of their careers,” said Cevin Cathell, director of programming for the Festival.
Following are the awards, winners and their prizes:
2009 Sonoma International Film Festival Jurors
A distinguished and diverse panel of jurists selected the winning films in this year’s Festival:
Narrative Feature Jury:
Highway 12 Winery Lounge Features Jury:
About the Sonoma International Film Festival
Set amidst the unparalleled beauty of the Sonoma Valley wine country, the 12th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers to an intimate and luxurious extended weekend, pairing great food, fine wine and 66 new independent films from around the world. The Sonoma International Film Festival, which IFC News acclaimed as a "sun-drenched, wine-soaked cinematic magic carpet ride," invites guests to enjoy some of the year's best new independent films, specialty events, luxurious parties, wine and food pairings - and casual mingling with top filmmakers and celebrities from around the world.
About the 2009 Sonoma International Film Festival Sponsors
The Film Festival is presented by The Wall Street Journal. At the Premiere level of sponsorship, the Festival is being brought to the community by long-time supporter Comcast/IFC. Comcast/IFC is joined by WineCountry.com and Sonoma Valley Sun. Major sponsors include: City of Sonoma, THX, Kearsley, ZABIT Communications and AT&T The Real Yellow Pages. Supporting sponsors include: Sonoma County Tourism Bureau, Kenwood Vineyards, Peet's Coffee & Tea, YELP, Sonoma Valley Bank, Frank Howard Allen Realtors - The Wine Country Group, Consulate General of Sweden, Highway 12 Vineyard and Winery, B-Side Entertainment, New Belgium Brewing Company and Lexis Hybrid Living.
About the Sonoma International Film Society
The Film Society presents year-round events and programs which celebrate the senses - the best in film, food, wine, music and art, center stage in Sonoma Valley. Membership is all inclusive for monthly special event, the Cinema Series, and each spring, the Film Festival where the best of independent filmmaking is showcased. In 2003, the Film Society founded the Student Works Program with a vision toward empowering young filmmakers. Through dozens of weekend and after school film workshops, both at the middle and high school level, hundreds of students have be immersed in the process of filmmaking under the direction of film teacher Peter Hansen. The Film Society, through its members and granting organizations, have contributed state-of-the-art equipment, staffing and scholarships to this program an opportunity for students to present their films at this world-class festival. For more information about becoming a Film Society member, visit www.sonomafilmfest.org or call 707-933-2600.