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2010 Ojai Film Festival Awards

Soenke Wortmann’s “Pope Joan” was awarded Best Narrative Feature, and Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath’s “Enemies of the People” was awarded Best Documentary Feature at the 2010 Ojai Film Festival.

Nominated for three German Film Awards including Best Costumes, Production Design and Supporting Actress, Pope Joan (in German with English subtitles) is described as "She is the legend that will not die – Pope Joan, the 9th century woman who disguised herself as a man and rose to become the only female ever to sit on the throne of St. Peter. Frustrated by the lack of opportunity for women, she entered a Benedictine monastery as a boy, to triumph over appalling odds."

Enemies of the People documents "A young journalist whose family was killed by the Khmer Rouge spends a decade making friends with the men and women who directed and perpetrated the Killing Fields. He obtains ground-breaking accounts from the notorious grassroots killers and discovers a new and terrifying explanation for the genocide."

The complete list of winners:

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Actor Craig T. Nelson (presentor: Erika Christensen)
Cinematographer Michael Chapman

FESTIVAL THEME AWARD, “Surviving Hitler: A Love Story,” John-Keith Wasson

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Enemies of the People,” Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath
Honorable Mentions:
“Stolen,” Violeta Ayala and Daniel Fallshaw
“A Life Ascending,” Stephen Grynberg

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT
“Ingelore,” Frank Stiefel
Honorable Mentions:
“Nico’s Challenge,” Steve Audette
“A Simple Question: The Story of STRAW,” Kevin White

BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
“Pope Joan,” Soenke Wortmann
Honorable Mentions:
“The Space Between,” Travis Fine
“Tricks,” Andrzej Jakimowski

BEST NARRATIVE SHORT
“Sofia”, Shervin Kermani
Honorable Mentions:
“A Dream in Hanoi,” Gerald Herman
“Wall Boy,” Sascha Ettinger Epstein

BEST STUDENT FILM - LIMELIGHT AWARD, “Kavi,” Gregg Helvey

BEST ANIMATED FILM
“Pigeon: Impossible,” Lucas Martell

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