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RIFF 2007 Wraps with Awards Ceremony

Sept. 12, 2007 (Rome, GA) —The 2007 Rome International Film Festival wrapped on Sept. 9 with an afternoon awards ceremony at the historic DeSoto Theatre. The following awards were presented by the Adjudication Advisory Board chaired by RIFF Creative Programming Director, Harry Musselwhite.

Jury Awards:

Animation: A Garota, Fernando Pinheiro, Brazil

American Documentary: Monster Camp, Cullen Hoback

International Documentary: Born Again Buddhists, Lian Pak, Australia and Singapore

Experimental: DVD, Ciro Altabas, Spain

Narrative American Short: Blue Dress, Katie Stern

Narrative International Short: Happy Pizza, Shuhei Fukunaga, Japan

Narrative Feature: Low and Behold, Zach Godshall, USA

Special Jury Award: Fully Awake: Black Mountain College, Cathryn Davis Zommer and Neeley House, USA

Audience Choice Awards:

The following Audience Choice Awards were determined by ballots completed by audience members. The winners are chosen based on the highest average score, with a minimum of 20 ballots returned from unique audience members for a film to qualify.

Best Feature: Greensboro: Closer to the Truth, Adam Zucker, USA

Narrative Short: Swimming to the Moon, Greg Thompson, USA


Festival Awards:

In addition to awards to filmmakers and films, RIFF presented two festival awards for achievement and commitment to the Rome International Film Festival.

Special Achievement Award: E. Wright Ledbetter

Independent Luminary Award: Judy Taylor

RIFF 2008 is tentatively scheduled for September 4-7, 2008. Check the RIFF web site at for more information.