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MIFF Awards $130,000 To Filmmaker
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The Miami International Film Festival announced that Soundpost, a New York based digital music and entertainment company, awarded a grant of $130,000 to "Fraternal Love" (União Fraterna) (Brazil) by director Laís Bodanzky. More than $240,000 in cash and prizes were awarded to filmmakers at the 23rd annual Festival held in Miami March 3-12.
Bodanzky's film was one of nine projects that participated in Miami Encuentros during the 2006 Miami International Film Festival. Miami Encuentros gives emerging producers from Spain and Latin America the opportunity to present new projects to U.S. industry professionals, including producers, sales agents, television stations and distributors. Selected by a committee of Miami Encuentros advisors, "Fraternal Love" was awarded the music license grant at an awards ceremony on March 11 at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.
The grant includes a film soundtrack of up to ten total tracks to be used on any one project in addition to the following: consultation with Soundpost's licensing specialists in selecting songs, legal services to clear associate rights, and marketing of the soundtrack album produced by Soundpost to promote the film for theatrical and DVD release. Packaged and sold through the Soundpost record label, the soundtrack will have a national release date and supported with advertising, publicity, and retail marketing.
"We are excited to work with MIFF in presenting its first-ever Soundtrack Grant and eager to get started working with Gullane Films," said Soundpost President Nick De Biase. "Fabiano has worked to create films which incorporate music so well and show a deep respect for its part in making a great work of art. For Soundpost, the Soundtrack Grant utilizes our strengths in providing a platform for discovering and licensing all types of independent music from every music genre around the world. It truly puts soundtrack creation in the digital age. Working together, we think the next project will show even more of Fabiano's talent."
The Miami International Film Festival presented prizes totaling more than $240,000 at the 2006 Festival.
Knight Grand Jury Prizes - $75,000 in cash awards:
Two films shared the Knight Grand Jury Prize of $25,000 in the World Dramatic Feature Competition: "Accused" (Anklaget) from Denmark by director Jacob Thuesen and "Burnt Out" (Sauf le respect que je vous dois) from France by director Fabienne Godet.
"Life in Color" (Vida y color) from Spain by director Santiago Tabernero was awarded the Knight Grand Jury Prize of $25,000 in the Ibero-American Dramatic Feature Competition.
"En el hoyo" (In the Pit) from Mexico by director Juan Carlos Rulfo was awarded the Knight Grand Jury Prize of $25,000 in the World & Ibero-American Documentary Feature Competition.
Miami Encuentros Prizes - $130,000 Soundpost Grant and Movie Magic Software:
In addition to the Soundpost grant of $130,000 awarded to "Fraternal Love," each participant in Miami Encuentros received Movie Magic's newest release of Entertainment Partners Budgeting 6 and Scheduling 4 software.
Special Grand Jury Prizes - Movado watches:
In addition to the Grand Jury Prizes, Special Jury Prizes were given out in each of the three competition categories. The Special Jury Prize included Movado watches. Recipients were: "GITMO - The New Rules of War" from Sweden by directors Erik Gandini and Tarik Saleh; "My Grandmother's House" (La casa de mi abuela) from Spain by director Adán Aliaga; "7 Virgins" (7 Vírgenes) from Spain by director Alberto Rodríguez; and "Lower City" (Cidade Baixa) from Brazil by director Sérgio Machado to actors Alice Braga, Wagner Moura, and Lázaro Rámos.
Audience Awards - $7,500 in cash awards, Movie Magic Software, and Movado watches:
The Audience Awards, sponsored by American Airlines, were also presented to a film in each of the three categories. Each film was awarded $2,500, Movie Magic's newest release of their Entertainment Partners Budgeting 6 and Scheduling 4 software, and Movado watches. Recipients were: World Dramatic Feature Competition: "Accused" (Anklaget) from Denmark by director Jacob Thuesen; Ibero-American Dramatic Feature Competition: "Angels of the Sun" (Anjos do sol) from Brazil by director Rudi Lagemann; World & Ibero-American Documentary Feature Competition: "The Refugee All Stars" from Guinea/Sierra Leone/USA by directors Zach Niles and Banker White.
The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize was awarded to "The Master" (Mistrz) from Poland by director Piotr Trzaskalski which was in competition in the World Dramatic Features category.
For more information contact the Miami International Film Festival at (305) 237-3456 or visit www.miamifilmfestival.com.
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