The second annual French Riviera Film Festival announced its 2020 winners at a star-studded, virtual awards ceremony held live from The Beverly Hills Hotel on September 19.
“Due to the pandemic, we could not hold our festival and awards this year live in Cannes,” comments festival co-founder Nicole Muj. “We were delighted to partner with the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel to host our awards virtually. It was the perfect solution and we hope to continue this collaboration with the French Riviera Film Festival in the future. After all, Cannes and Beverly Hills are Sister Cities.”
The award recipients are:
Lifetime Achievement Award: Larry Namer
Special Industry Award: Sue Vicory
Best Director: Brandt Andersen (Refugee)
Best Actress: Yasmine Al Massri (Refugee)
Best Actor: Amos Nzamba (Zoo)
Best Drama Short: Refugee
Best Comedy Short: Oddly Popular
Best Documentary Short: The Power of Beauty
Best Experimental Short: Huo Zhe
Best Animation Short: The Bird & the Whale
Best Sci-Fi/Horror Short: Just A Moment
Best Fashion Short: Film Me
Best Music Video: anpu-ZOEA and Childhood
“We’re extremely impressed by the quality of submissions we received for this year’s festival,” says festival co-founder Gotham Chandna. “We’re delighted to celebrate all of the talented filmmakers, award winners and finalists, at our virtual ceremony, and by holding our festival online this year, so that film lovers around the globe can enjoy their wonderful shorts.”
French Riviera Film Festival (FRFF) and PlayPlay.tv, premier digital video streaming service for the performing arts, this year partnered to present the second annual installment of the festival. Due to the uncertainty surrounding public events due to the global health crisis, FRFF, which usually is held in Cannes during the time period of the famous film festival, was held online on https://playplay.tv/frff2020 (https://playplay.tv/patron/-French-Riviera-Film-Festival) on September 18 and 19.
Over the two days, FRFF celebrated short film and short-form content from around the globe and featured the works of filmmakers from more than 20 countries.