'Waitress' tops Sarasota


Adrienne Shelly's "Waitress" has won the 2007 narrative feature competition award at the ninth annual Sarasota Film Festival, which concluded Saturday.

The competition awards, each of which carries a $5,000 cash prize, were announced Saturday at ceremonies introduced by festival director of programming Tom Hall and fest programmer Holly Herrick.

The docu winner was "Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037," directed by Benjamin Niles.

A special jury prize was presented by the documentary feature jury to "Beyond Hatred," directed by Olivier Meyrou.

The 2007 Independent Visions Competition Award was presented to "Great World of Sound," directed by Craig Zobel, and "Pretty in the Face," directed by Nate Meyer.

Audience favorite awards, which carried a $1,000 cash prize each, went to Joseph Greco's "Canvas," narrative feature; Robyn Bliley's "Circus Rosaire," docu; Sarah Polley's "Away From Her," world cinema; and Ray Tintoni's "Death to the Tinman," short film.