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2017 Award Winners Announced at the 4th Annual Fine Arts Film Festival

May 13th, 2017 -



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Films from Iran, Finland, Iceland, Greece, UK and U.S. Win
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(Venice, CA)  The 4th Annual Fine Arts Film Festival announced it’s Official Award Winners Saturday night, May 13, 2017 at the Awards Gala at the historic Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Venice, California. Films arrived from over 25 countries, and included incredible never-before-seen profiles of both contemporary artists such as Laurie Lipton and Agnes Martin, along with obscure 17th Century artists such as Torrentius and the reknowned Rembrandt. The U.S. Premiere of  “Innuendo”, directed by Saara Lamberg, received best Narrative Feature Film. Judges were artist Barbara Kolo, production designer John Hogg, Festival Director Juri Koll, art critic/curator Peter Frank, artist Dani Dodge, Ilya Annasov, and Michael Delgado.
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The Award Winners:

Screen Shot 2017-05-16 at 7.22.23 PMBEST DIRECTOR Dimitris Koutsiabasakos 
YANNIS KASTRITSIS: A MAN AND HIS SHADOW
Dir: Dimitris Koutsiabasakos (GREECE)

BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM – SACRIFICE
Dir: Yaron Dotan (USA)
DANIEL WOOD AUDIENCE AWARD – LOVE BITE
Dir: James Scott (UNITED KINGDOM)
BEST NARRATIVE SHORT – AMAZONES
Dir: Ioana Matei (ROMANIA)
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BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY to TEO MANIACI – SAVAGE SLEEP
Dir: Osceola Refetoff (USA)
BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT – COME TO THE EDGE
Dir: Sophie Pegrum(USA)
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BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY – BEAUTY & RUIN
Dir: Jeannette Loakman (CANADA)
BEST ANIMATED FILM – FANTASY ON SARABANDA
Dir: Gudbjorg Hlin Gudmundsdottir (ICELAND)
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BEST STUDENT FILM – LIGHT SIGHT
Dir: Seyed M. Tabatabaei (IRAN)
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE FILM – INNUENDO
Dir: Saara Lamberg (FINLAND)
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The Festival is dedicated to presenting the finest new films about art in the western capital of the art world. The films — narratives, documentaries, and experimental — tell stories about how art is made, how artists survive, how dealers and collectors think, and even how an artist becomes world famous with no formal training. The Program of Official Selections can be downloaded here, and at www.thefineartsfilmfestival.com, where past line ups, award winners and information are available now.
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“We are very proud to be screening many great and never-before-seen films every year, and are proud to be working with fine filmmakers from around the world. Films about art are always a labor of love. Tthe film and art worlds intertwine and it’s easily forgotten how much blood, sweat, and tears go into the work we do. We expect FAFF 2018 will amaze audiences and draw a wide, intelligent, cutting edge, and fun crowd from both the film and art world.” says Juri Koll, Founder and Director of the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art (ViCA), which produces the Festival as part of it’s exhibition programs.
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Sponsors included Angel City BreweryBlick Artist MaterialsFlakeCervetecaClutchPerfect Balance Trail MixUniversal Art Gallery, Exhale, Ingo’s Tasty Diner, Home Advisor, Cerrino Media, the Fresco School, and many others.’
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View event pics by Toranj Noroozi 

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 Festival Director Juri Koll making an announcement of a film
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Best Animated Film Award Winner Gudbjorg Hlin Gudmundsdottir flew in from Iceland to receive her award
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 Legendary Rock Promoter/Producer Johnny Brower and Juri Koll
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Director/Writer/Producer Bradley Fowler (Jonny’s Sweet Revenge, Love Meet Hope, Texas Heart) with Producer/Actress Victoria Matlock (Her Voices) on the Red Carpet

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Director Saara Lamberg (Finnish/lives in Australia) answering questions at the Q&A after her screening of INNUENDO.
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For Press Inquiries call 310-957-7037 or email juri@veniceica.org. Go to the Fine Arts Film Festival website for further information.
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