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“Planet of snail” receives the Best World Feature at Silverdocs 2012

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AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival announced its distinguished award winners for 2012.

This year’s Sterling Award for Best World Feature went to PLANET OF SNAIL, directed by Seungiun Yi.

The poetry of the cinema merges fantastically with the poetry of touch, taste and smell when the filmmaker encounters the deaf and blind South Korean poet Young-Chan, who is unwilling to accept as limitations the world of sight and sound from which he is isolated. The prize is accompanied by a $5,000 cash award.

The Sterling Award World Jury noted: “This film immersed us into the sensorial experience of love unbound. The poetic cinematography of life’s seemingly ordinary moments underscores the complexity of life itself. Seungiun Yi’s PLANET OF SNAIL is a tranquil meditation on the resilience of the human spirit.”

This year’s Sterling Award for Best U.S. Feature went to ONLY THE YOUNG, directed by Jason Tippet and Elizabeth Mims. The Sterling Award for Best Short Film was given to KINGS POINT, directed bySari Gilman.

The Sterling World Feature Jury included Charlotte Cook, Director of Programing, Hot Docs;Jigar Mehta, Filmmaker (18 DAYS IN EGYPT) and Journalist; StephanieWang-Breal, Filmmaker (WO AI NI MOMMY).

The week-long festival activities included the screening of 114 films representing 44 countries, a free outdoor screening, live performancesand a five-day professional documentary conference. The Festival hosted over 27,000 attendees, including more than 1,000 filmmakers, film and television executives and media professionals celebrating the art and business of documentary filmmaking.

The Audience Award winners for Best Feature and Short will be announced onSunday, June 24, 2012, the closing day of the festival.

About AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs
AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival is a seven-day internationally recognized event that honors excellence in filmmaking, supportsthe diverse voices and free expression of independent storytellers and celebrates the power of documentary to improve our understanding of the world. Celebrating its tenth edition this year, the 2012 festival runs June 18-24at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in the Washington, attracting over 27,000 documentary enthusiasts and motion picture arts professionals from around the world. AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs’ five-day International Documentary Conference presents thought-provoking presentations and engages a diverse group of over 1,000 filmmakers and industry leaders concerned with the future of non-fiction storytelling, production and distribution.

SOURCE: AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival (23/6/2012)

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