Independent feature The Scarapist gains momentum on the heels of its award for best picture from the Verein Deutscher Kritiker und Filmemacher (VDKUF) at the Berlinale European Film Market (EFM).
Seasons & a Muse Productions have entered into talks with distributors. The Scarapist from the essay and screenplay penned by Jeanne Marie Spicuzza, is based on a true story. The movie stars Spicuzza, Katy Colloton of TV Land’s Teachers and R. Michael Gull. The European Film Market, or EFM, is part of the Berlin International Film Festival, a cultural event known as Berlinale.
Over 720 films screened out of competition at the 2016 Berlinale EFM. The VDKUF awarded The Scarapist, co-directed by Synthian Sharp and Spicuzza, best picture. The prize is grounded on artistic merit. Additional awards were given to best actor Thomas Blanchard, for his portrayal of Cédric in Préjudice, and best actress Michelle Rodriguez as Frank Kitchen/Tomboy in Tomboy: a Revenger’s Tale, also starring Sigourney Weaver. The Wild Life by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot won best animated film. The VDKUF awarded best documentary film to P.S. Jerusalem by Danae Elon. River Road Entertainment’s Seline by Luciano Silighini Garagnani won best short film.
Founded in 2006, the VDKUF is an association of German critics and filmmakers headed by Thomas Avner. The VDKUF organizes annual events and activities for film festivals worldwide. In celebration of their tenth anniversary, the VDKUF bestowed their Lifetime Achievement Award to Oscar-winning actor and director, George Clooney.
Not in attendance, Spicuzza discovered news of the VDKUF Award through an article in Cinema Italiano. I contacted Luciano, who was wonderful, said Spicuzza. He connected me with Terry Mauger of the Verein Deutscher Kritiker und Filmemacher, or VDKUF. I emailed Terry at the offices of the VDKUF on Potsdamer Strasse. He congratulated me on The Scarapist.
Spicuzza has also contacted representatives of Berlinale EFM, like Tilmann Vierzig. One Berlinale representative has confirmed receipt of VDKUF Award details, and has been very supportive. The VDKUF is a breakout award for us, said Spicuzza. We’re very honored.
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