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Durban Fest Votes <i>Spirited Away </i>

The 23rd Durban International Film Festival concluded with the screening of
the documentary Amandla! A Revolution in 4-part Harmony. Forty-five feature
films, 28 documentaries and 23 shorts were screened during the 2-week event.
Festival director Peter Rorvik pronounced the festival a success, citing "a
diverse array of high-quality films, the enriching presence of local and international
filmmakers, and excellent interest in the workshop programme, which indicates
KZN enthusiasm not just for festival cinema but also for the technical aspects
of filmmaking."

Highlights included Nigerian director and producer Fidelis Duker's workshop
explaining the success of the Nigerian video industry; Controversial Indian
director Anand Patwardhan presented his film War and Peace which is presently
banned in India; closing night film Amandla! A Revolution in 4-part Harmony,
which

earned a standing ovation, the festival's many outreach screenings; as well
as the videography workshop where Filmmakers such as Fidelis Duker, Eubulus
Timothy, Jacintha Timothy and Akin Omotoso assisted festival director Peter
Rorvik in presenting awards to the aspirant filmmakers present.

The Award Winners

Best Short Film: Dead Ends directed by Donovan Marsh

Best Documentary: War Photographer directed by Christian Frei

Best First Feature: Beneath Clouds directed by Ivan Sen

Best Supporting Player: Sidede Onyulo for his performance in Nowhere in
Africa

Best Actress: Shared between Danielle Hall (Beneath Clouds) and Everlyn
Sampi (Rabbit-Proof Fence)

Best Actor: Anthony LaPaglia (Lantana)

Best Cinematography: Grzegorz Kedzierski for Avalon

Best Screenplay: Andrew Bovell for Lantana

Best Director: Abolfazl Jalili for Delbaran

Audience Prize for Best Film: Rabbit-Proof Fence

Special Jury Prize to God Is African, "for breaking new ground
and asking important, unpopular questions with a limited budget."

Best Film: Spirited Away directed by Hayao Miyazaki

24th Durban International Film Festival is set for 13-26 October 2003.


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