Awards Roundup: Honors for Dede Gardner, Sara Summa, and Milena Aboyan


Powerhouse producer Dede Gardner is ready to be honored later this 12 months at Austin Movie Competition. In accordance with a press launch, she will likely be awarded the Polly Platt Award for Producing on the fest’s Writers Convention within the fall, and also will take part in a particular screening of “Girls Speaking,” the brand new movie from Oscar-nominated author and director Sarah Polley. Polley will current the award, and attend a post-screening dialogue for her movie.

Gardner, who’s co-president of manufacturing firm Plan B Leisure, received Oscars for producing “12 Years a Slave” and “Moonlight,” making historical past in 2017 when she grew to become the primary feminine producer to win two Finest Image Oscars. She has been nominated for an extra 4 Academy Awards, for “The Tree of Life,” Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” “The Huge Quick,” and, most lately, “Vice,” and in addition earned an Emmy nomination — and received a BAFTA — for restricted collection “The Underground Railroad.” Her most up-to-date credit embody “Minari,” Miranda July’s “Kajillionaire,” and the brand new Amazon Prime collection “Paper Ladies,” created by Stephany Folsom.

The Polly Platt Award was launched in 2019 and is given to producers “with a eager sense of story and who’ve a historical past of fostering new expertise.” It was named for “the legendary Polly Platt who was instrumental within the early years of Austin Movie Competition and was an ardent champion of writers.” Stephanie Allain (“Hustle & Circulate,” “Pricey White Individuals”) and Sarah Inexperienced (“Loving,” “The Tree of Life”) are earlier awardees.

AFF will happen October 27-November 3.

Elsewhere, the winners of Locarno Movie Competition’s First Look awards, which honor works-in-progress, have been introduced, with “Arthur & Diana” from director Sara Summa and Milena Aboyan’s “Elaha” nabbing two of the highest prizes.

In accordance with The Hollywood Reporter, Summa’s street film received the Le Movie Français Award and the accompanying €5,600 ($5,700 USD) in promoting providers. The documentary-style pic sees Summa starring reverse her personal brother, with the siblings touring from Berlin to South Tyrol in northern Italy, re-enacting the street journeys of their childhood. Summa’s earlier movie, “The Final to See Them,” was a Finest First Characteristic nominee on the 2019 Berlin Worldwide Movie Competition.

In the meantime, Aboyan’s drama “follows a Kurdish bride-to-be dwelling in Germany struggling along with her household traditions and her want to make her personal method in life” — it received the Kaiju Cinema Diffusion Prize, together with €5,000 ($5,100 USD) meant to go towards the design of a global poster for the movie.

Aboyan beforehand directed the quick “Der Greteltrick” and wrote others, together with “Candy Summer time” and “Sonne scheint über August.”

The winners have been chosen from the works-in-progress tasks introduced to business audiences comprised of gross sales brokers and competition programmers, together with jury members Vanja Kaludjercic from the Rotterdam Movie Competition and BFI London Movie Competition head Tricia Tuttle. Head over to THR for more information on the opposite winners.

Earlier Locarno Professional winners embody Anna Muylaert’s “The Second Mom” and Marta Popivoda’s “Landscapes of Resistance.”



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