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DIFF WINNERS (article first published : 2003-11-12)

The recent 24th Durban International Film Festival ended ith the screening of Maqbool and a humdinger Closing Night Party featuring great music by Cape sax maestro Robbie Jansen with the eThekwini Jazz Ensemble. The evening also saw the announcement of the film competition awards.

The expansion of the festival to a variety of new venues increased accessibility across Durban and both public and the organizers pronounced the event a resounding success. A total of 180 screenings took place during the two-week event, plus a range of seminars and workshops involving local and international filmmakers, with an overall estimated attendance of around 15,000.

The eThekwini Film Awards for 2003 went to: Waiting for Valdez directed by Dumisani Phakathi (Best Short Film ); The Revolution Will Not Be Televised directed by Kim Bartley and Donnacha O Brian (Best Documentary); Ubuntuís Wounds directed by Sechaba Morejele (Best South African Short Film), and Casa de la Musica directed by Jonathan de Vries (Best South African Documentary).

The award for Best South African Feature Film was won by Shooting Bokkie directed by Rob de Mezieres while the Best First Film award went to Samsara directed by Pan Nalin.

Best actress and actor awards went to Arsinee Khanjian for her performance in Ararat and Phillip Seymour Hoffman for his performance in Owning Mahowny. Best Cinematography went to Katsumi Yanagishima for Dolls and Atom Egoyan won the Best Director award for Ararat

The award for Audience Choice went to The Magdalene Sisters while the best film was adjusted Ararat directed by Atom Egoyan.

The jury gave two Special Mentions: Mon-Rak Transistor for its delightful portrait of love, suffering and humanity infused with fantasy and sincerity, and Dirty Pretty Things for catching both the energy and desperation of illegal immigrants in the UK.




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