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Cleveland Film Fest Honorees

By admin Published: January 28, 2010

Jan Hrebejk, Emily Abt, Jesper Ganslandt, Mark Harris get nods. Full announcement after the jump.

From the fest:

The CIFF is proud to announce that Jan Hrebejk has been selected as the 34th CIFF Director’s Spotlight Award recipient. Jan Hrebejk has been a favorite amongst the CIFF audience since his film COZY DENS was screened at the 23rd CIFF. He continued to impress audiences with BEAUTY IN TROUBLE (31st CIFF) and TEDDY BEAR (32nd CIFF). Jan Hrebejk was also honored in 2000 with a nomination for a Foreign Language Oscar® for DIVIDED WE FALL.

Jan Hrebejk will be in attendance the first weekend of the 34th CIFF to accept his award

SOMEONE TO WATCH: Since 2003, the CIFF has selected filmmakers whose careers are on the rise, and whose work deserves extra attention. This year we are focusing on two up-and-coming filmmakers.

Emily Abt is an award-winning American filmmaker dedicated to creating both fiction and documentary projects. Her body of work includes TAKE IT FROM ME (2001), ALL OF US (2008), and TOE TO TOE (2009), all of which have garnered her national acclaim as a director with an eye on the socio-politcal themes that affect our world. Emily Abt is also the founder and President of Pureland Pictures Inc., a Brooklyn based production company that produces commercials, promotional films, and independent features.

Jesper Ganslandt was born in Falkenberg, Sweden. He is a self-taught filmmaker who has directed a number of music videos and short films, in addition to directing and editing for television. His first feature film FALKENBERG FAREWELL (31st CIFF) left audiences wanting more. Jesper Ganslandt’s newest film, THE APE, will be part of this year’s program at the 34th CIFF.

Both Emily Apt and Jesper Ganslandt will be in attendance the first weekend of the 34th CIFF to accept their awards.

FROM THE PAGE TO THE PROJECTOR: In 2008, the CIFF and the Cuyahoga County Public Library formed a partnership to honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to both literature and film.

This year Mark Harris is the From the Page to the Projector Award recipient. Mark Harris is the author of PICTURES AT A REVOLUTION, which beautifully depicts the epic human drama behind the making of the five movies nominated for Best Picture in 1967: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Graduate, In the Heat of the Night, Doctor Dolittle, and Bonnie and Clyde. Through these films Mark Harris tells the larger story of the cultural revolution that transformed Hollywood, and America, forever. Mark Harris has written about pop culture for several publications, including Entertainment Weekly, Slate, and The New York Times. He is a graduate of Yale University.

Mark Harris will be in attendance the first weekend of the 34th CIFF to accept his award.

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