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NHFF Alumni Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine Win Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject

On Sunday, all of Hollywood’s greatest assembled for a night of celebration: the 85th annual Academy Awards.  The prestigious event held some surprising nominations that reflect the independent film movement.  Beasts of the Southern Wild, an indie film that premiered at Sundance received a best picture nomination, and all short film, short documentary, and full-length documentary nominations had heavy indie fest tours before landing their Academy Award designations.

As the film industry continues to shift, it makes the experience of being part of the New Hampshire Film Festival even more exciting, because the world of Hollywood isn’t just in California anymore, but is accessible in our own backyard.   And we couldn’t be more pleased to congratulate NHFF alumni Sean Fine, and Andrea Nix Fine for their well-deserved Oscar win in the Best Documentary Short category for Inocente.

The couple’s full-length doc War/Dance about three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda competing in their country’s national music and dance festival came to NHFF in 2007 and is still talked about as one of the best documentaries to have ever come through the festival.

The Oscar winning film Inocente (from Inocente website) is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings.

The Fine’s do an incredible job of capturing what it means to be human from stories across the globe, conveying unthinkable circumstances in relatable ways, producing empathy, inspiration, and change.  We offer our congratulations to them again, and consider ourselves lucky to have held their past work in our program.

Here is the complete 85th annual Academy Awards Winner’s List:

Best Motion Picture: Argo
Achievement in Directing: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Adapted Screenplay: Argo, Chris Terrio
Original Screenplay: Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino
Original Score: Life of Pi, Mychael Danna
Original Song: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth; Skyfall
Best Animated Feature Film: Brave
Best Animated Short Film: Paperman
Achievement in Cinematography: Life of Pi, Claudio Miranda
Achievement in Visual Effects: Life of Pi
Achievement in Costume Design: Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran
Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling: Les Misérables
Best Live-Action Short Film: Curfew
Best Documentary Short Subject: Inocente
Best Documentary Feature: Searching for Sugar Man
Best Foreign-Language Film: Amour (Austria)
Achievement in Sound Mixing: Les Misérables
Achievement in Sound Editing: Zero Dark Thirty & Skyfall
Achievement in Film Editing: Argo
Achievement in Production Direction: Lincoln

The 13th annual New Hampshire Film Festival will take place in Portsmouth, NH October 17-20, 2013.


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