Santa Barbara winners announced
EmptySuzanne Chisolm and Michael Parfit's documentary "Saving Luna," which recounts efforts to save a lone baby killer whale, was voted the audience choice for best feature at the 23rd annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.
The fest winners were announced at the Closing Night ceremonies, which also included the U.S. premiere of Giuseppe Tornatore's "The Unknown Woman."
Richie Mehta's "Amal" was awarded the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, recognizing an indie feature made outside mainstream Hollywood.
The Heineken Red Star Award, set aside for "the most progressive and gifted independent film director," went to Tao Ruspoli for his "Fix," starring Shawn Andrews and Olivia Wilde, which offers up a one day-odyssey through the Los Angeles as two documentary filmmakers try to get a young man from jail to rehab.
The German feature "Beautiful Bitch," directed by Martin Theo Krieger, was named best foreign film.
The Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish-language film went to "La edad de la peseta" (The Silly Age), directed by Pavel Giroud.
The Iconix Video Award for Best Documentary was awarded to "ONE BAD CAT: The Reverend Albert Wagner Story" directed by Thomas G. Miller.
The Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award was awarded to Anne Slick and Danielle Bernstein's "When Clouds Clear" (Despues de la Neblina)," about the effects of international mining projects in the small town of Junin, Ecuador.
Rob Meyer's "Aquarium" took the Bruce Corwin Award for best live action short film, while the Corwin Award for best animation went to Joe Tucker's "For the Love of God."