Hollywood, CA — October 8, 2002 — The 6th Annual Hollywood Film Festival’s “Hollywood Awards” ceremony, honoring independent filmmakers and established Hollywood professionals, was held last night before a standing-room-only audience of over 1,200 Hollywood Film Festival attendees at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Special honors went to MPAA President Jack Valenti, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams, actress Jodie Foster, director Martin Scorsese, screenwriter Robert Towne, actress Naomi Watts, director McG, producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, editor Pietro Scalia composer Marc Shaiman, songwriter Carole Bayer Sager, production designer Harold Michelson, and casting director Marcia Ross, as well as actor Tom Hanks, actress Jennifer Aniston, and Steven Spielberg’s film “Minority Report.”

The Hollywood Film Festival honored the feature films “Villa des Roses” and “Everyone Loves Alice” with the awards “Best Feature” and “Best European Feature,” respectively. “Villa des Roses,” a Belgian production directed by Frank Van Passel is set in Paris and centers around a beautiful boarding house maid and the turbulent love affair she sparks, and the drama “Everyone Loves Alice,” a Swedish production written and directed by Richard Hobert, is a contemporary tale of family relationships and the effects of a split-up on the children.

The Hollywood Film Festival was founded in 1997 by Carlos de Abreu and Janice Pennington, “New York Times” best-selling authors and producers. Regarding the conclusion of the 6th annual festival, Mr. de Abreu said, “We are delighted by the response we have received from Hollywood and the independent filmmaking community during the course of this past week. Our conferences were well-attended and our screenings were packed. We had over 25,000 attendees and last night’s gala awards ceremony was truly an extraordinary ‘Hollywood’ moment.”

In addition to the feature film awards, “The Burning Wall,” by Hava Kohav Beller, was selected as the Hollywood Film Festival’s Best Documentary. “The Burning Wall” illuminates the profoundly contemporary dilemma of individual resistance within a totalitarian state and depicts the astounding groundswell of defiance which finally brought down the Berlin Wall. The Festival also named “The Sundial Field,” by Cary Cremidas, as Best Short Film, and “The Freak,” by Aristomenis Tsirbas, as Best Animated Film.

Celebrities and Hollywood notables who attended the six-day Festival included First Lady of California Sharon Davis, European Union Commission Minister Counsel Willy Helin, the Consul General of Greece Dimitrios Zevelakis, as well as Miguel Arteta, Drew Barrymore, Warren Beatty, Tom Cruise, Billy Crystal, Kieran Culkin, Benicio Del Toro, Danny DeVito, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Colin Farrell, Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Tyler Hoechlin, Ashton Kutcher, Ray Liotta, Lucy Liu, Garry Marshall, Matthew McConaughey, Emily Mortimer, Mike Myers, Jason Patric, Mark Rydell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steven Spielberg, Gore Verbinski, Estella Warren, and Hans Zimmer to name a few. The gala awards presentation Monday evening was hosted by Jann Carl and Mark Steines of “Entertainment Tonight,” and attendees were treated to the music of renowned band leader Johnny Crawford and his twelve-piece orchestra.

The Festival included the World Premiere of DreamWorks Pictures’ thriller “The Ring,” directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts, both of whom attended the premiere, the Centerpiece Gala Premiere of the French comedy “My Wife Maurice,” by Jean-Marie Poiré, and the Closing Gala Premiere of the Paramount/Lions Gate crime drama “Narc” by Joe Carnahan, who attended the premiere, as did producer Tom Cruise and the film’s stars Ray Liotta and Jason Patric. Other Festival events included the Hollywood Film Conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the Hollywood Humanitarian Symposium, and the Hollywood Film Screenings where the finalists of the Hollywood Discovery Awards were screened, in addition to last night’s Hollywood Movie Awards Gala Ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The sponsors of the Hollywood Film Festival include the American Cinema Editors, Arclight Cinemas, Art Directors Guild, California Film Commission, Casting Society of America, Daily Variety, Entertainment Tonight, European Union, FilmMaker Magazine, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Hollywood Network, Hollywood Video, The Hollywood Reporter, International Cinematographers Guild, International Documentary Association, Motion Picture Editors Guild, The New York Times, Paramount Studios, PR Newswire, Raleigh Studios, Revlon, and YAHOO! Movies, Inc., among many others.

Arclight Cinemas, which includes the historic Cinerama Dome, on Sunset Boulevard, offers guests a variety of movie-going experiences, from big screen presentations to special exhibits and film festivals, and it provides guaranteed reserved seats, online and on-site ticketing, an elegant bar/cafeé and gift shop.

For more information go to http://www.hollywoodfestival.com

Festival Contact:
Hollywood Film Festival®
433 N. Camden Drive, Suite 600
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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