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Amal, Mermaid and Iron Ladies of Liberia Pick Up Top Prizes at AFI Dallas

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Wrapping up an incredibly successful year, AFI Dallas’ award winners were announced Sunday afternoon at the W Hotel.

Said Festival Director Michael Cain, “Having our award winners represent five different countries including Russia, Mexico, Canada and Congo speaks to the fact that we are bringing the best films from all over the world to the audiences here in Dallas.”

Jury Awards:

Narrative: Amal
Director: Richie Mehta (Canada)

Target Ten Narrative Feature: Mermaid $25,000 Cash Award
Director: Anna Melikyan (Russia) 

Honorable Mention: Bad Habits Director: Simón Bross (Mexico)

Target Ten Documentary Feature: Iron Ladies Of Liberia $25,000 Cash Award
Director: Daniel Junge (USA)

Current Energy Earth Friendly: Fields Of Fuel $10,000 Cash Award
Director: Josh Tickell (USA)

MPS Studios Texas Filmmaker Award: Cook County
Director: David Pomes (USA)

Honorable Mention: Ciao
Director: Yen Tan (USA)

HDNet Feature: Tracing Cowboys $10,000 Cash Award
Director: Jason Wulfsohn (USA)

Short: The Second Line
Director: John Magary (USA)

Honorable Mention: A Catalog Of Anticipations Director: David Lowery (USA)

Student Short: The Vulnerable Ones (Les Vulnerables)
Director: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt (Congo/USA)

Honorable Mention:  A Day’s Work
Director: Rajeev Dassani (USA)

Animated Short: Key Lime Pie
Director: Trevor Jimenez (Canada)

Audience Awards:
Documentary: The Black List
Director: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (USA)

Short: A Day’s Work
Director: Rajeev Dassani (USA)

Overall,
the 2008 AFI DALLAS International Film Festival showcased 121 features
and 129 shorts for a total of 250 films from 35 countries.

Shaz Bennett is the associate director of programming at AFI FEST

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