'Cottonland,' 'Wedding' top Canadian fest

Sept. 25, 2006 at 9:40 PM

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The short film "Punch-Up at a Wedding" and the drug addiction documentary "Cottonland" garnered the most awards at Canada's annual Atlantic Film Festival.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation said each film was honored with three awards Friday at the Halifax, Nova Scotia, event including best director nods.

"Cottonland" co-directors Nance Ackerman and Ed Buchanan were recognized at the 26th edition of the festival, and cinematographer Alain Dupras was honored for his work and the film took home the best documentary award.

Newfoundland's Justin Simms, director of "Punch-Up" also was cited, the 16-minute short film was awarded the festival's best original screenplay and best Atlantic feature prizes.

The CBC said that the annual event, which screened over 220 films, also recognized the acting talents of Patrice Robitaille for his role in "Cheech," and featured a three-way tie for best actress with "Delivrez-Moi" leads Geneviève Bujold, Juliette Gosselin and Céline Bonnier.

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