The 10th Annual
Beverly Hills Film Festival Winners
April 14th & 18th, 2010
Collection of Films Uniting The World of Independent
Frank Yablan’s Legends Award
Frank Yablans was presented the 3rd Annual Legends Award by friend and long-time colleague director/producer Ted Kotcheff who credited Yablans with his transition from TV to film directing when the two met on “Fun with Dick and Jane” in 1977, starring Jane Fonda and George Segal. Actress Kate Maberly played the piano as a live accompaniment to a video tribute, featuring words from actor James Caan. A moving personal letter from Sherry Lansing was also a highlight.
As he spoke to a new budding generation of filmmakers Sunday evening, Yablans proclaimed, "I am honored and humbled to accept this award that represents independent filmmakers—you are the spine, past and future of our business.” Yablans also encouraged film festivals of the world to join together to create a new distribution channel for their winning films. He continued with anecdotes and tales from the trenches involving industry luminaries such as Walt Disney, Jack Nicholson and Peter Bogdanovich.
2010 Beverly Hills Film Festival Awards
2010 BHFF recipients were awarded with custom-made crystal and marble trophies, created by Society Awards.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARDS
SPECIAL JURY AWARDS
GOLDEN PALM SCREENPLAY COMPETITION
The Golden Palm Screenplay Competition Award went to Peter Ringgaard for "Gilgamesh."¯ The first runner up award went to David Kane for "Boat People." The second runner up award went to "Family Secret," written by Warren Hull.
2010 jury members include former Lion’s Gate Films’ chairman Mark Amin, producer Steven Paul; CAA agent Matt DelPiano; writer/director Josef Rusnak; casting director Fern Champion; Emmy Award winning writer David Feldman; Sony VP of Acquisitions Scott Shooman; producer Michael Hertzberg; E1 VP of Acquisitions Lara Thompson; and producer Donald Kushner.