Gabriel earned his first International Youth Jury Award for his critically-acclaimed debut feature film, Forgiveness
, which received a Youth Jury Best Film Award at the Locarno International Film Festival in the year of its release. "It is a special privilege to be recognised by youth audiences. With Four Corners
it was always my intention to make a film that firstly addressed young people, as the film itself is about the choices young people must make. By voting for a film from the Cape Flats at an International festival in a beautiful Italian valley, this Youth Jury has proven that today's young people want the windows of the world, no matter how distant, opened to them."
Giffoni is the largest youth orientated cinematic event in the world and allows young audience members to act as the jury and vote for winning films. This year's festival guest star, Richard Gere, hailed the festival as having 'worldwide importance'. "International cinema allows you to see the world from a richer and broader perspective than the typical American and Hollywood films youth have traditionally been exposed to. In this way, encouraging the next generation's interest in these stories allows the broadening of global youth culture and I'm convinced that any good change we hope to see in the world will only come about through the actions of today and tomorrow's youth," comments Director Ian Gabriel.
This week Four Corners
will have it's Quebec premiere in competition at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal. Meanwhile, Four Corners
was released this month on DVD and is available in Musica stores nationwide. Four Corners
, a GIANT, Moonlighting Films co-production, was made with the support of the National Film & Video Foundation and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa.