Ken Loach's Sweet Sixteen won the grand jury prize in the internationalcompetition section at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival whichclosed last night with a screening of Thaddeus O'Sullivan's The Heart Of Me.
A special jury prize in thissection was awarded to director Pan Nalin for Samsara and special mention was made to actress Lena Andrefor her performance in Music For Weddings And Funerals.
Samsara also won the audience prize for best feature;documentary winner was Tom Peosay's Tibet: Cry Of The Snow Bird and short winner was John Weldon's The HungrySquid.
The American PerspectivesJury Prize recognizing achievement in direction went to Shane Dix Taylor for TheGrey, with a special jury prize alsogoing to Greg Pritikin for Dummy.The documentary jury prize went to Jeff Blitz for his Oscar-nominated film Spellbound.
The Fund for Santa BarbaraSocial Justice Award went to Santa Barbara film-maker Renee Bergan for her filmSadaa E Zan which was shot inAfghanistan.
Chairing the internationaland American perspectives juries was Ilene Kahn Power, the film and cableproducer of Gia and Stalin. The international jury comprised screenwriter RonNyswaner, producer Susan Cartsonis and composer Peter Golub. The AmericanPerspectives jury comprised casting director Gretchen Rennell Court anddistributor Marc Halperin.
The documentary jurycomprised film professors Mace Perona and Janet Walker and journalist JosefWoodard.