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The 9th Angel Film Awards, part of the Monaco International Film Festival, announced their winners recently at a star studded reception held at the Art Novo Theatre in Monaco with the UK entry My Angel scooping up no fewer than 6 awards, including Best Director (Steve Cookson), Best Female Actor (Brenda Blethyn), Best Male Actor (Timothy Spall) and Best Screenplay.
Started nine years ago by Rosana Golden and Dean Bentley to showcase non-violent films, this year’s awards focussed on MUSIC & FILM with 19 films selected out of 740 entries.
British Emmy Award Winner and Composer John Altman (Titanic, Little Voice, Goldeneye) led the festival jury which included producer Kazuiko Tanaka, Victoria Aitkin, actress Melissa Papel, director Sasha Schriber and BBC World News Journalist Babita Sharma. UK Producer Daniella Gonella announced the winners for the screenwriters section.
2011 Angel Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Emmy Award winning Composer John Altman for his inspiring contribution for music in film.
The 9th ANGEL FILM AWARDS – Monaco International Film Festival
Feature Film – Winning Categories:
Angel Peace Award: “GET REAL! WISE WOMAN SPEAK” (USA)
Best Feature Film (Angel Trophy): “MY ANGEL” (UK)
Best Cinematographer: Gianni Giannelli & Ville Tanttu ”THE ITALIAN KEY” (Finland/Italy/UK)
Best Male Actor: Timothy Spall “MY ANGEL” (UK)
Best Female Actor: Brenda Blethyn “MY ANGEL” (UK)
Best Director: Steve Cookson “MY ANGEL” (UK)
Best Ensemble Cast: Carol Rich, Ron Recasner, Phil Scarpaci, Lia Sargent, Frank Ciraci, Michael Tower, Kim Piquet “IN THE KEY OF ELI” (USA)
Best Newcomer: Joseph Phillips “MY ANGEL” (UK)
Best Producer: Peter Keegan “MY ANGEL” (UK)
Best Original Music: Tuomas Kantelinen “THE ITALIAN KEY” (Finland/Italy/UK)
Best Supporting Male Actor: Frank Ciraci “IN THE KEY OF ELI” (USA)
Best Supporting Female Actor: Lia Sargent “IN THE KEY OF ELI” (USA)
Independent Spirit Award: “TAMARA’S SACRET JOURNEY TO TIBET” (USA)
Special Mention Angel Film Award: “HOW TO BOIL A FROG” (Canada)
The Humanitarian Angel Film Award: “THE RESCUERS” (USA)
Best Original Story: “IN THE KEY OF ELI” (USA)
Best Script Feature film: “MY ANGEL” (UK)
Best Costume Design: “THE ITALIAN KEY” (Finland/Italy/UK)
Best Visual Effects: “HOW TO BOIL A FROG” (Canada)
For a full list of awards and winners, visit monacofilmfest.com