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Lone Star International Film Festival Fort Worth in Sundance Square Names Competition Winners

Films represent cross-section of artistic expression

Fort Worth, TX, December 06, 2009 --( The Lone Star Film Society (LSFS), has announced the competition winners from the 2009 Lone Star International Film Festival Fort Worth in Sundance Square. The films were selected by an eclectic group of jurors with backgrounds in the film and art communities. (Complete list below.)

“After a year of development, the goal for this competition program was to make a declaration on the current state of international film that would resonate with the industry,” said Alec Jhangiani, LSFS artistic director. “The competition was intentionally comprised of a variety of styles and formats to afford our jurors the opportunity to name the best film regardless of genre. We are extremely grateful for the efforts of these esteemed panelists and believe that these selections distinguish our entire festival. Congratulations also go to the many talented artists who created these amazing works.”

“These awards are the culmination of an incredible festival that yielded our highest attendance ever,” said Dennis Bishop, LSFS director. “The community support we received throughout the festival was astounding. We are very thankful for each sponsor and those that made such generous donations. The tireless dedication of our staff, interns, volunteers and board must also be applauded. Their commitment helped make this event an overwhelming success. This year has helped to elevate our festival, and is a powerful springboard as we plan for the 2010 Lone Star International Film Festival.”

Categories & Winners:
Narrative Feature Competition
Grand Jury Prize Winner: Spooner

Special Jury Mention for Best Ensemble Performance: Melody Sisk and Maggie Ross, Modern Love is Automatic

Documentary Feature Competition
Grand Jury Prize Winner: Garbage Dreams
Special Jury Mention: Petition

Short Form Competition
Grand Jury Prize Winner: Sparks
Special Jury Mention: Captain Coulier

Foreign Language Feature Competition
Grand Jury Prize Winner: Petition
Special Jury Mention: Distance

Animation Competition
Grand Jury Prize Winner: Skylight

The festival also honored Kris Kristofferson with the inaugural “Stephen Bruton Award” and Horton Foote with the “Life Achievement Award”. The “Commitment to Texas” Award was given to John Schrimpf of Panavision, Inc. in Dallas. For festival photo and video highlights, visit

About Lone Star Film Society
The Lone Star Film Society was created in 2002 after the original editions of the Fort Worth Film Festival concluded in 2001. The inaugural Lone Star International Film Festival Fort Worth in Sundance Square was realized in 2007 through the hard work of a dedicated staff and Board of Directors. While preserving the original event’s objective to promote artistic integrity and the independent spirit in film, the Lone Star Film Society added to its mission a goal of becoming a beneficial partner in the community of Fort Worth so that a successful November festival and year round slate of events would not only be a good thing for filmmakers, but for everyone in the city of Fort Worth and beyond. Now in its third year, the LSFS and LSIFF have reached that goal as evidenced through the support of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, and many of Fort Worth’s most prestigious corporations, non-profits, and cultural institutions.

The Lone Star International Film Festival (LSIFF) Fort Worth in Sundance Square is a presentation of the Lone Star Film Society (LSFS) and represents the culmination of the society’s year round series of film screenings and events. Featuring an impressive slate of narrative and documentary features and short films from around the world, educational panels, red carpet entrances, filmmakers, celebrity guests, and nightly parties featuring celebrated musical acts, the fall festival is quickly becoming a marquee cultural event in Fort Worth and beyond. For more, visit: or

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