By Ben Wright
Photos By Jessi Gilbert
Before the premiere of “127 Hours” at Trustees Theater Nov. 6, the Savannah Film Festival closed with an awards ceremony, where The Savannah Film Commsion, Avid, HBO Films and the Festival gave out awards for the best films, directing, editing and producing.
High school senior John Kim of Vancouver, British Columbia, left, received the SCAD Challenge film scholarship.
Fourth-year film and television major Colin Levy, writer and director of "En Route" received the Savannah Film Commission award. "En Route" also won a Panavision student cinematography award.
School of Visual Arts student Dustin Grella, who wrote and directed "Prayers for Peace" received the award for Best Student Animation.
Fourth-year film and television major David Karlak who directed "The Candidate" received the award for Best SCAD Student film, and a $5,000 prize for winning the 2010 HBO Films Student Competition
Film and television professor Michael Hoffstein won the Panavision Professional in Education Cinematography Award for the sixth consecutive year, allowing him to use a $600,000 Panavision rig in his classes.
Director and producer of "Automorphosis," Harrod Blank, left, receivex the Avid editing award from Rueben Ruiz. "I used an older version of Avid on Mc O.S. 9," Blank said, "and it crashed every day." "Automorphosis" also won the award for Best Documentary.
David Roach, co-produced and writer for "Beneath Hill 60" received the award on behalf of director Jeremy Sims for Best Narrative Feature and Best Director. Lead Brenden Cowell also won Best Actor for his role in "Beneath Hill 60."
Flavio Alves receives the Jury Storytelling Award for his film "The Secret Friend." Alves promised he would make his next film in Savannah.
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Editor’s Note: In a previous version of this story, John Kim was incorrectly identified as Eddie Kim.