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Santa Barbara International Film Festival announces winning films

The 26th annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced the winners of its 2011 festival competition Sunday morning.

Michael Rymer's Australian film "Face to Face" won the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, which is given to a "unique" feature made outside mainstream Hollywood. The winner received a camera package worth $60,000.

Nathan Collett's "Togetherness Supreme" from Kenya took home the International Film Award.  There was also a special jury award given to actress Alicia Vikander from the Swedish film "Pure" directed by Lisa Langseth.

Patricio Guzmán's "Nostalgia for the Light" from Chile was the recipient of the Nueva Vision Award for the best Spanish/Latin American film.

Japan's "Patisserie" directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa won the East Meets West Cinema Award.

The Eastern Bloc Award went to the Romanian film "If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle," directed by Florin Serban.

Phil Grabsky's "The Boy Mir: Ten Years in Afghanistan" earned the Documentary Film Award.

The Bruce Corwin Award for Best Live Action Short Film Under 30 Minutes went to Brent Bonacorso's "West of the Moon," while the Corwin award for Animation Film Short went to the Oscar-nominated "The Lost Thing," directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan.

Mat Hames' "When I Rise" and Guzmán's "Nostalgia for the Light" were the recipients of the Fund for Santa Barbara Social Justice Award.

The SB Audience Choice Award was given to Morgan Neville's documentary "Troubadours," about the L.A. music scene in the late '60s and early '70s.

The winners of the 10-10-10 Student Filmmaking and Screenwriting Competition will be announced during the closing-night festivities Sunday evening, which will also showcase the premiere of "Carmen in 3D."

-- Susan King

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