'Drifter' tops Beverly Hills festival awards
Antonio Sabato Jr., Caia Coley take acting honorsAntonio Sabato Jr. and Caia Coley were named best actor and actress at the 2009 Beverly Hills Film Festival for their work in "Drifter: Henry Lee Lucas," the true story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, which also earned Michael Feifer the best director prize.
The fest's awards ceremony, held Sunday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, honored Andrea Pellizzer's "Tre lire, Primo Giorno" as both best film and best foreign film.
The second annual Beverly Hills Film Festival Legends Award was presented to Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler.
Michael Afendakis for "Delta Rising," starring Morgan Freeman
Dramatic short "Traces"
Short "Way Up North," directed by Levi Taylor
Short "Botnik!," directed by Jacqueline Smessaert Brennan
Documentary "Salud" directed, produced and starring Cesar De Leon
Audience Choice Awards winners
"Dan and the Van" directed by John Nijhawan
"Henry O!" directed by Ziad Hamzeh and produced by Karen Hunter
"Gangster Exchange," written and directed by Dean Barjramovic and produced by David Krae
Special Jury Awards
"War Against the Weak," directed by Justin Strawhand and written by Richard Belfiore
"Life After Death," written and directed by Shawn Thompson
"Way Up North," written, directed and starring Levi Taylor
Golden Palm Screenplay Competition
Paul De Leonardo for "Europia 2050"
First runner-up: Alek S. Carrera and Daniel Fanaberia for "Why We Live"
Second runner-up: "Choices I-The Reunion," by writer James Kirtland