Kaaterskill Falls and Kissing Jessica Stein were the two key prizewinners at yesterdays awards ceremony closing this year's revamped Independent Feature Project/West Los Angeles Film Festival. The event, which kicked off with the world premiere of Ed Burns' Sidewalks Of New York on Friday April 20, screened 51 feature films and 48 short films.
The Critics prize, voted on by Jami Bernard of New York Daily News, Stephanie Zacharek of Salon.com and Screen International's own Emanuel Levy, went to Kaaterskill Falls which was produced by Peter Olsen and directed by Josh Apter. The jury also bestowed a special jury award for writing to Heather Juergensen and for acting to Jennifer Westfeldt for Kissing Jessica Stein. The jury presented an honourable mention to Life And Debt directed by Stephanie Karen Black.
Kissing Jessica Stein also won the Audience Award for best feature film. It was directed by Charles Herman-Wurmfeld and produced by Eden Wurmfeld and Brad Zions. Audience award for best short went to Horses On Mars directed by Eric Anderson.