HOLLYWOOD, Calif., September 3, 2003 — The Hollywood Film Festival’s Board of Advisors is proud to announce that AMY PASCAL will receive the festival’s “Hollywood Leadership Award” and SYDNEY POLLACK the “Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Producing Award.” In addition, Oscar®-winner RON BASS will get the “Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting Award,” Oscar®-winner JOHN TOLL the “Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Award,” Oscar®-winner MICHAEL KAHN the “Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Editing Award,” Oscar®-winner HOWARD SHORE the “Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Music-in-Film Award,” songwriter DAVID FOSTER the “Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting Award,” Oscar®-nominee ANDREW STANTON the “Hollywood Animation Award,” Oscar®-winner JOHN GAETA the “Hollywood Visual Effects Award,” Oscar®-winner ANN ROTH the “Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design Award,” production designer WILLIAM J. CREBER the “Hollywood Richard Sylbert Outstanding Achievement in Production Design Award,” and DEBORAH AQUILA the “Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Casting Award.” The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the festival.

The awards will be bestowed upon the honorees as part of the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 20, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Regarding the awards, Mr. de Abreu said, “Amy Pascal’s career and accomplishments in the film industry demonstrate great leadership ability and vision. Sydney Pollack, Ron Bass, John Toll, Michael Kahn, Howard Shore, David Foster, Andrew Stanton, John Gaeta, Ann Roth, William J. Creber, and Deborah Aquila are excellent examples of highly talented professionals whose work and creativity are to be applauded and honored.”

AMY PASCAL serves as a Vice-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and she is the Chairman of Columbia Pictures, where she is responsible for overseeing all development and production at the studio. Under her guidance, Columbia has achieved substantial success with such films as “Spider-Man,” “Panic Room,” “Mr. Deeds,” “Men in Black II,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Big Daddy,” “Stuart Little,” and “A Knight’s Tale” among others. Upcoming projects include “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” a sequel to “Desperado” starring Antonio Banderas, and “Spider-Man 2,” directed by Sam Raimi. During her career Ms. Pascal has also overseen the production of such hit films as “Michael,” “Groundhog Day,” “A League of Their Own,” “Little Women,” and “Awakenings,” among many others.

Academy Award-winning producer and director SYDNEY POLLACK won Best Picture and Best Director Oscars® for “Out of Africa,” and received nominations for Best Picture and Best Director for “Tootsie,” as well as receiving an Academy Award directing nomination for “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” Mr. Pollack’s credits as a producer or executive producer include the upcoming “Cold Mountain,” starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renee Zellweger, as well as such films as “The Quiet American,” “Heaven,” “Iris,” “Birthday Girl,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “Random Hearts,” “Sense and Sensibility,” “Sliding Doors,” “Sabrina,” “The Firm,” “Flesh and Bone,” “Searching for Bobby Fischer,” “Dead Again,” “Presumed Innocent,” “Havana,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” “Bright Lights, Big City,” and “Absence of Malice.”

Oscar®-winner RON BASS received an Academy Award for his work on the screenplay for the 1988 film “Rain Man,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. Other films written or co-written by Mr. Bass include “Passion of Mind,” “Snow Falling on Cedars,” “Entrapment,” “Stepmom,” “What Dreams May Come,” “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “Dangerous Minds,” When a Man Loves a Woman,” “The Joy Luck Club,” “Sleeping with the Enemy,” “Gardens of Stone,” “and “Black Widow.”

Cinematographer JOHN TOLL’s acclaimed work has brought him Best Cinematography Oscars® for “Legends of the Fall,” directed by Edward Zwick, and “Braveheart,” directed by Mel Gibson, as well as an Academy Award nomination for “The Thin Red Line” by director Terrence Malick. His other films include the upcoming Warner Bros. release “The Last Samurai,” starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky” and “Almost Famous,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Rainmaker” and “Jack,” and John Madden’s “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin,” among others.

Distinguished editor MICHAEL KAHN, renowned as Steven Spielberg’s editor, has received a total of six Academy Award nominations, winning three Best Film Editing Oscars® for “Saving Private Ryan,” “Schindler’s List,” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” He also received nominations for “Empire of the Sun,” “Fatal Attraction” (shared with Peter E. Berger), and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Some of Mr. Kahn’s other films include “Catch Me If You Can,” “Minority Report,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” “Reindeer Games,” “Amistad,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “Jurassic Park,” “Hook,” “Toy Soldiers,” “Arachnophobia,” “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” “Poltergeist,” “The Color Purple,” and “Eyes of Laura Mars.”

Academy Award-winning composer HOWARD SHORE received an Oscar(® for Best Music, Original Score for “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” He also won this year’s Grammy for Best Soundtrack Album from the film. Mr. Shore’s other distinguished composing credits include the upcoming “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” and the 2002 release “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” as well as “Panic Room,” “The Yards,” “High Fidelity,” “Analyze This,” “eXistenZ,” “That Thing You Do!” “Se7en,” “Ed Wood,” “The Client,” “Philadelphia,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “A Kiss Before Dying,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Big,” and “Videodrome,” among others.

Renowned songwriter DAVID FOSTER has been nominated three times for Academy Awards for his songwriting contributions to the songs “The Prayer” in “Quest for Camelot,” “I Have Nothing” in “The Bodyguard,” and “Glory of Love” in “The Karate Kid, Part II.” He also won a Golden Globe Award for “The Prayer” from “Quest for Camelot,” and has received two other Golden Globe nominations for his songwriting. Mr. Foster’s other feature film credits include “Carlito’s Way,” “All I Want for Christmas,” “Pretty Woman,” “One Good Cop,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Stealing Home,” “Three Men and a Baby,” “The Secret of My Succe$s,” “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Summer Lovers,” and “Night Shift.” As a producer/songwriter, Mr. Foster is also a 14-time Grammy Award winner with 42 Grammy nominations.

ANDREW STANTON has been a major creative force at Pixar Animation Studios since 1990. He made his directing debut this year with “Finding Nemo,” in addition to screenplay credit and providing the voice of “Crush.” Mr. Stanton served as co-writer, co-director, executive producer and story artist on all four of the previous Disney/Pixar features — “Monsters Inc.,” “Toy Story 2,” “A Bug’s Life,” and “Toy Story.” He and the other screenwriters of “Toy Story” received an Oscar® nomination in 1996 for their screenplay and he was the executive producer of the Oscar®-nominated hit “Monsters, Inc.”

Academy Award-winner JOHN GAETA won the Oscar® for visual effects on “The Matrix” in 1999, and he continued his work as visual effects supervisor on its sequels: “The Matrix: Reloaded” and the upcoming “The Matrix: Revolutions.” Other films on which Mr. Gaeta has contributed his visual effects expertise include “Eraser” and “Judge Dredd.”

Academy Award-winning costume designer ANN ROTH won an Oscar® for her work on “The English Patient,” and she received three other Oscar® nominations for her costume designing on “The Hours,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” and “Places in the Heart.” Ms. Roth’s prolific career includes approximately 90 feature films, among them the upcoming “Cold Mountain,” as well as such films as “Signs,” “Changing Lanes,” “Finding Forrester,” “The Out-of-Towners,” “The Siege,” “Primary Colors,” “Guarding Tess,” “Dave,” “The Mambo Kings,” “The Bonfire of the Vanities,” “Postcards from the Edge,” “Working Girl,” “Biloxi Blues,” “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” “Jagged Edge,” “Silkwood,” “Nine to Five,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Hair,” “The Goodbye Girl,” “The Day of the Locust,” “The Valachi Papers,” “Klute,” and “Midnight Cowboy.”

Three-time Academy Award-nominated production designer WILLIAM J. CREBER has received nominations for “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” and “The Towering Inferno.” His other film credits include “Without Limits,” “Spy Hard,” “Street Fighter,” “Flight of the Navigator,” “Twice in a Lifetime,” “Hopscotch,” “Islands in the Stream,” “Justine,” “Planet of the Apes,” and “The Detective.”

Casting director DEBORAH AQUILA’s body of work as an independent casting director includes such films as “The Core,” “Hope Springs,” “Laurel Canyon,” “The Salton Sea,” “Hart’s War,” “One Hour Photo,” “The Majestic,” “The Last Castle,” “The Gift,” “What Women Want,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” and “Sex, Lies and Videotape.” Ms. Aquila also served as Senior Vice-President of Features Casting at Paramount Pictures for many years, responsible for the casting of such films as “Bless the Child,” “Mission Impossible II,” “Passion of Mind” “Double Jeopardy,” “Primal Fear,” “Kiss the Girls,” “The Phantom,” and “Brady Bunch,” among others.

The 2003 Annual Hollywood Film Festival, which will take place from October 15 to 20, incorporates in its activities the Hollywood Film Conference, Hollywood Film Screenings, and Hollywood Film Awards. The screenings and conference will take place at Arclight Theatres in Hollywood. The Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Monday, October 20.

Last year’s Opening Night World Premiere was DreamWorks Pictures’ thriller “The Ring,” directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts, the Centerpiece Gala Premiere was the French comedy “My Wife Maurice,” by Jean-Marie Poiré, and the Closing Gala Premiere was the Paramount/Lions Gate crime drama “Narc” by Joe Carnahan and starring Ray Liotta and Jason Patric.

The 2002 festival’s Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony was held before an audience of over 1,200 guests at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Special honors went to Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report,” Jennifer Aniston, and Tom Hanks — “Hollywood Movie of the Year Award” and “Hollywood Actress and Actor of the Year Awards” — and the “Hollywood Breakthrough Awards” to Naomi Watts and McG. Other Hollywood luminaries who were honored included MPAA President Jack Valenti, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams, actress Jodie Foster, director Martin Scorsese, screenwriter Robert Towne, 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.

The Gala was truly an extraordinary Hollywood moment. Celebrities and Hollywood notables who attended the ceremony 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, Gore Verbinski, and Estella Warren to name a few.

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