“We are extremely proud of these filmmakers and actors accomplishments and honored to have had these films as part of our Festival.”Cevin Cathell, director of programming for the Festival said:
“It’s especially gratifying and exciting to see that the members of our juries selected a diverse group of films from filmmakers and actors who are all at an early stage of their careers.”Following are the awards, winners and their prizes: Best Narrative Feature Karen Kingsbury’s LIKE DANDELION DUST Schug 2003 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Heritage Reserve Bottle 11 of 12 Best World Feature NECESSITIES OF LIFE Magnum of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards 2001 Behler Reserve Merlot Best Actor Ethan Peck in ADOPT A SAILOR Magnum of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards 2004 “Old Vines” Zinfandel Honorable Mention Best Actor Maxwell Perry Cotton in Karen Kingsbury’s LIKE DANDELION DUST Best Actress Mira Sorvino in Karen Kingsbury’s LIKE DANDELION DUST Magnum of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards 2004 “Old Vines” Zinfandel Best Documentary UNDER OUR SKIN 3L bottle of Moon Mountain Vineyard 2004 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Best Short NEXT FLOOR 3L Bottle of O’Brien Estate 2006 Seduction Napa Valley Red Audience Award – Narrative Feature Karen Kingsbury’s LIKE DANDELION DUST 3L bottle of Kenwood Jack London Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Audience Award – Doc Feature SPEED AND ANGELS 3L bottle of Kenwood Jack London Vineyards 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Jury Prize Local Short The D.D. Magnum of Gundlach Bundschu 2004 Rhine Farm Vineyard Merlot Special Jury Prize Shorts Category 8th SUMURAI 3L bottle of Benziger Family Winery 2005 Merlot Bruce Willis has been honored with a lifetime achievement award at California’s 12th annual Sonoma International Film Festival. Willis was accompanied by his new wife, model Emma Heming, at Saturday’s event. The “Moonlighting,” “Die Hard” and “Pulp Fiction” actor is the first person to receive the festival’s lifetime achievement honor. Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter Aimee Mann moderated a tribute to Willis, which included a video montage that showcased the many transitions Willis has made throughout his career from television to Broadway, independent films, studio blockbusters and music. Set amidst the unparalleled beauty of the Sonoma Valley wine country, the 12th Annual Sonoma Valley Film Festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers to an intimate and luxurious extended weekend, pairing great food, fine wine and more than 75 new independent films from around the world. The Sonoma International Film Festival, which IFC News acclaimed as a “sun-drenched, wine-soaked cinematic magic carpet ride,” invites guests to enjoy some of the year’s best new independent films, specialty events, luxurious parties, wine and food pairings – and casual mingling with top filmmakers and celebrities from around the world.