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Montreal World Film Grand Prix award went to Off Screen

The World Film Festival – Montreal 2005 wrapped this Monday evening followed by the screening of the French film “Camping à la Ferme” by Jean-Pierre Sinapi

The Grand Prix of the Americas went to Off Screen by Pieter Kuijpers but Kamataki from Claude Gagnon stole the show winning 5 awards for best directing, the Fipresci prize, the Oecumenic prize, the audience award and the ward for most popular Canadian movie.

Gagnon is a regular from the festival (still the only Canadian director to ever win the The Grand Prix of the Americas with Kenny back in 1996.

The Festival Competition Jury was headed by Greek filmmaker Theo Angelopoulos, other member of the prestigious jury include:
Silvio Caiszzi (director from Chile), Amira Casar (French actress), Anna Karina (French actress and director), Vicente Molina Fox (spanish writer), Jorge Persson (director of photography) and Johan Bellefleur (moviegoer)

The Grand Prix of the Americas goes to
OFF SCREEN by Pieter Kuijpers (Netherlands/Belgium)

Jury Awards :
THE MILKWOMAN (ITSUKA DOKUSHO SURUSHI) by Akira Ogata (Japan)
SNOWLAND (SCHNEELAND) by Hans W. Geissendörfer (Germany)

Best Director :
KAMATAKI by Claude Gagnon (Canada/Japan)

Best Artistic Contribution :
YOUR NAME IS JUSTINE by Franco de Peña (Poland/Luxembourg) for the work of the director of photography Arek Tomiak

Best Actress :
ADRIANA OZORES for the film HEROÏNA by Gerardo Herrero (Spain)

Best Actor :
JAN DECLEIR for the film OFF SCREEN by Pieter Kuijpers (Netherlands/Belgium)

Best Screenplay :
JOSE CORBACHO, JUAN CRUZ for the film TAPAS by Jose Corbacho and Juan Cruz (Spain)

Innovation Award :
SEX, HOPP & Kärled (SEX, HOPE & LOVE) by Lisa Ohlin pour the direction of actors and particularly Mira Eklund.

SHORT FILMS :

1st Prize :
TERRA INCOGNITA by Peter Volkart (Switzerland)

Jury Award :
EL DIENTE DE ORO (LA DENT D'OR) by Daniel Rodriguez (Peru)

ZENITHS FOR THE BEST FIRST FICTION FEATURE 2005

Members of the jury:
Godfrey Cheshire (U.S.A.)
Loïc Magneron (France)
Paul Toutant (Canada)

Golden Zenith for Best First Fiction Feature Film:
THE BLOSSOMING OF MAXIMO OLIVEROS by Aureaus Solito (Philippines)

Silver Zenith for First Fiction Feature Film:
TRUTH OR DARE (WAHRHEIT ODER PFLICHT) by Jan Martin Scharf and Arne Nolting (Germany)

Bronze Zenith for First Fiction Feature Film:
LONDON by Hunter Richards (U.S.A.)

Special mention for First Fiction Feature Film :
L'ESTATE DI MIO FRATELLO (MY BROTHER'S SUMMER) by Pietro Reggiani (Italy)

PRIX DU PUBLIC

Air Canada People's Choice Award:
The public was invited to vote for the most popular film among the feature films presented during the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival.
KAMATAKI by Claude Gagnon (Canada-Japan)

Award for the most popular Canadian film:
KAMATAKI by Claude Gagnon (Canada-Japan)

Glauber Rocha Award for Best Latin American Film :
PLAY by Alicia Scherson (Chili-Argentina)

Award for Best Documentary Film :
LA NEUVIÈME (THE NINTH) by Pierre-Henry Salfati (Canada)

Award for Best Canadian Short Film:
MESDAMES ET MESSIEURS (LADIES AND GENTLEMEN) by David Boisclair (Canada)

FIPRESCI PRIZE (INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS)
KAMATAKI by Claude Gagnon (Canada-Japan)

ECUMENICAL PRIZE
KAMATAKI by Claude Gagnon (Canada/Japan)
Special mention: THREE DOLLARS by Robert Connolly (Australia)

OTHER PRIZES
A special Awards for their exceptional contribution to the cinematographic art :
MAGGIE CHEUNG
TENG WENJI

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