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2008 Starz Denver Film Festival

And the winners are:

Narrative Feature – Katyn

Documentary Feature – They Killed Sister Dorothy

Short – Granny O’Grimms Sleeping Beauty


31st Starz Denver Film Festival Juried Awards:

Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award, juried by filmmaker donnie l. betts, Executive Director of the River Run Film Festival, Andrew Rodgers and journalist and editor, Paul Zimmerman.

First of all, the jury wanted to give special recognition of the overall excellence of Rashaad Ernesto Green's "Premature," with its gritty atmosphere and realistic portrayal of teen pregnancy.

The Spike Lee Student Filmmaker Award Winner:

"Multiple Choice" Directed by Robert Cosnahan and Produced by Doug Howell.

Combining sibling rivalry and an unconventional romantic triangle, "Multiple Choice" is a brilliant self-contained film that strikes a nice balance between sexual tension and comedy. With effective use of location and pacing, strong acting and excellent cinematography, this is a film that works on all levels.

The festival’s documentary award, named after the great filmmaker brothers, Albert and David Maysles is presented each year to a outstanding documentary.  The jury this year was comprised of Los Angeles Film Festival senior programmer, Doug Jones, the Director of Programming for SILVERDOCS, Sky Sitney, and filmmaker Michael Jacobs.

For its masterful filmmaking and restrained approach to an extraordinarily difficult subject, the year's winner employs evocative images and sound to culminate in an emotional, cinematic experience that challenges and rewards its audience. The recipient of the 2008  Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Film is Ferenc Moldovanyi's Another Planet.

The Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film.  The jurors this year were Mike Goodridge, U.S. editor for Screen International, William Guentzler, Artistic Director of the Cleveland International Film Festival and the head of Indiepix Studios, Ryan Harrington. The winner is Moscow, Belgium, directed by Christophe van Rompaey, selected for its warm and witty portrait of a working class woman, a film which transcends the stereotypes of the romantic comedy genre.