Below is a complete listing of The 2011 FLiFF Award Winners
ARTIST - Michel Hazanavicius directed this charming and clever homage
to the age of silent film with all of the glamour and romance of the
times. THE ARTIST tells the story of the interlinked destinies between a
rising young starlet and a silent movie superstar whose career is on
the decline at the advent of the talkies.
Michel Hazanavicius, THE ARTIST
Jean Dujardin, THE ARTIST
Bernice Bejo, THE ARTIST
Best Foreign Film
THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR - directed by Philippe Le Guay, is a delightful comedy about French couple's
bourgeois world that is turned upside-down when they hire a Spanish maid Maria.
Best American Indie
LAST RITES OF JOE MAY - directed by Joe Maggio and starring Dennis
Farina, the film chronicles the last days in the life of an aging, short
money hustler who is presented with one last shot at greatness.
HOW TO START A REVOLUTION -
director Ruaridh Arrow
tells the remarkable story of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Gene Sharp, the world's leading expert on non-violent revolution.
Best Short Film
LIFE SMUGGLERS - directed by David W. Wells the film is about two
retirees from Phoenix, Arizona run prescription drugs from Mexico to
help pay for a wife's medical bills. But when their work suddenly
includes people smuggling, it becomes much more ethically complex.
Best Florida Film
JESSE’S DAD - directed by
the story of Mark Lunsford’s transformation from an uneducated truck
driver to a savvy activist after losing his 9-year-old daughter to a
Audience Award Foreign Language
THE WOMEN ON THE 6TH FLOOR
Audience Award American Indie
ABOUT FIFTY - Directed by Thomas Johnston
Martin Grey and Drew Pilsbury star alongside Wendy Malick in a film
that explores the simple yet comical truth that it’s never too late to
start over again, even at age 50.
Audience Award Documentary
THE POWER OF TWO - directed by
an intimate portrayal of the bond between half-Japanese twin sisters,
their lifelong battle with the fatal genetic disease cystic fibrosis
(CF), survival through miraculous double lung transplants, and
improbable emergence as authors, athletes, and advocates for organ
donation and those suffering from CF in the U.S. and Japan.
A NEW KIND OF LISTENING - directed by
us inside the creative work of the Community Inclusive Theater Group
where Richard Reho inspires cast members, some with disabilities, to be
writers, actors and dancers in an overcoming fashion. We bear witness to
Chris Mueller-Medlicott’s journey from a lonely, withdrawn adolescent
to co-director of the theater group.
The result is a groundbreaking film that will revitalize spirits in doing what it takes to be heard.
Spirit of Independents Awards
ANDROS: Living Off The Sea & Land - directed by
explores the natural resources of largest island in The Bahamas,
source of fresh water for Nassau, and the third largest barrier reef in
the world, giving it the potential to become an international eco
THE ENCORE OF TONY DURAN - directed by
Fred A. Sayeg
is the story of human transformation and redemption revolving around a
washed-up singer of 20 years and a friend who forces the truth about his
downward spiral to make Tony Duran sing again.
HOLLYWOOD TO DOLLYWOOD - directed by John Lavin, follows twin brothers
on a cross-country journey from RV parks and Bars through the floods of
Nashville and even an Oklahoma Tornado to follow their dream of getting a
script into their idol’s hands- Dolly Parton.
THE HOPEFUL - directed by
is a two-year journey of young man whose dream is to become a Division I
college quarterback and who became the center of a very heated social
discussion on the ethics of transferring high schools for athletic
ISLANDS OF LIFE - directed by
shows the results of Bahamians’ conservation efforts-from the rich
forests that shelter parrots and crabs, to the colorful reefs that
nurture fish, turtles and other natural wonders.
LIKE CRAZY - directed
Doremus, this passionate, well-crafted story stars Anton Yelchin and
Felicity Jones as two young people who fall head-over-heals in love but,
whose perfect relationship and trust is tested when geography sets them
apart for extended periods of time.
AIRMEN OF BUCHENWALD - directed by Mike Dorsey, the documentary gives
us the first-hand story via interviews with the seven surviving members
of the Allied Airmen, including the heroic commanding officer, captured
in Paris by the German Gestapo and sent to the infamous "Koncentration
Lager Buchenwald" in Germany.
MISS SOUTH PACIFIC-
by Mary Lambert, the film follows the 2009-2010 Miss South Pacific
Pageant whose contestants address the theme of climate change and
eloquently and passionately implore judges, spectators, and the world at
large to reduce global carbon emission lest their island homes will be
lost to rising seas.
CASE - directed Christian Filippella, the crime comedy takes place in
"Tinseltown", where the world of scheming reaches a nasty low when a
powerful producer hatches a plan to undermine the future success of his
shady arch rival. His plot begins with the delivery of a silver
briefcase. But when the case goes missing, it sets off a chain of events
that are not part of the plan.
SILVER TONGUES - directed by
Simon Arthur, this morally ambiguous and sophisticated tale takes you to the brink of the unexpected
as a pair of lovers' deceitful game spirals out of control.
- Directed by Isaak & Eva James, is an erotic and darkly surreal
drama set against the wind turbines of rural Missouri.
Awards presented during the film festival, October 21-November 11 included
Lifetime Achievement Honorees
Actor, Beau Bridges
Actress, Piper Laurie
Career Achievement Honorees
Actor, Dennis Haysbert
Actress, Penelope Ann Miller
Star On The Horizon
Actor, Larry Mullen, Jr.