Vega Claims Best Director Award at RiverRun International Film Festival

William Vega’s latest film is having one helluva run…

The Colombian filmmaker won the Peter Brunette Award for best director at the RiverRun International Film Festival, which concluded on Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C.

William Vega

Vega earned the coveted trophy, named after The Hollywood Reporter’s late film reviewer, for is film La Sirga, which also won for Sofia Oggioni‘s lyrical cinematography.

Director Kate Miles Melville‘s debut film, Picture Day, won the audience award for best narrative feature in its U.S. premiere at the festival, which concluded Sunday in Winston-Salem, N.C. Melville drew much-buzzed performances from Tatiana Maslany as a promiscuous high schooler and Spencer Van Wyck as the nerdy protege she used to babysit.

The festival’s narrative film jury awarded both the best narrative feature and best screenplay awards to Francois Ozon‘s In the House, about a brilliant, sinister French high school student and his writing teacher. Suzanne Clement won best actress as a transsexual’s wife in Xavier Dolan’s for Laurence Anyways. Alain GomisTey won a special jury prize.

Trailer Oficial LA SIRGA de William Vega from PROIMAGENES COLOMBIA on Vimeo.

The 2013 RiverRun International Film Festival presented 143 feature-length films, representing 35 countries including 66 features and 77 short films, selected from 850 submissions, including one U.S. premiere and one world premiere.

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