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It's a wrap

November 01, 2000

Paul Clinton

BURBANK -- Not long after they drew the curtains on the Burbank

International Children's Film Festival, organizers said their inaugural

event was a runaway success.

With better-than-expected attendance, interest from the movie studios

and a few brewing distribution deals, the organizers said the event lays

the foundation for a sequel next year.

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"We really got noticed," spokeswoman Carole Myers said. "This was not

just some rinky-dink local festival."

Myers said the seven-day event, which ended with an awards dinner on

Oct. 20, was well attended. More than 30,000 people showed up for events

connected with the festival -- workshops, studio tours, seminars, parties

and the daily screenings, which were held at the AMC 8 Theatres in the

Media City Center mall.

Traffic at the mall increased by 15%, according to records provided by

Myers.

More than 60 features and shorts were screened during the event. A

panel of judges also handed out 24 awards, including a screenwriting

prize for the top script among a field of 59 candidates.

To keep a presence in the city, the festival will keep an open office

in the mall. The space is being donated by mall operator Center Trust.

Myers also announced the winner of the festival's audience award.

"Undercover Angel," directed by Brian Stoller, won the Bravo! Award. A

majority of audiences at the screenings voted for the film on cards that

were handed out to those who attended. The film is set to air on the

Lifetime cable network at 2 p.m. Nov. 23, Thanksgiving Day.

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