BIFF tie: 'Mud,' 'Cashback'
EmptyDror Shual's "Sweet Mud" and Sean Ellis' "Cashback" tied for the Mary-Jean Mitchell Green Award for best narrative feature at the 10th annual Bermuda International Film Festival, which concluded Saturday.
Jury member Carrie Fisher called "Mud," the story of how a child copes with a mentally ill mother, "a very sad but hopeful film. It is a dark film with a light at the end of the tunnel." Jury member Richard Dreyfuss said of "Cashback" that "the film had a perfect whimsy that didn't try to become something that it was not."
Linda Hattendorf's "The Cats of Mirikitani" was named best documentary. Special mentions went to the films "Living With Lew" and "Beyond the Call."
The short film jury, made up of actor Ben Newmark, director Vito Rocco and producer Tamara Tarasova, chose "I Want to be a Pilot" by Diego Quemada-Diez as the winner of the M3 Wireless Bermuda Shorts Award. Special mentions were given to "My Backyard" by Choy Aming and "T.O.M." by Tom Brown and Daniel Gray.
BIFF audiences voted Robert Favreau's "A Sunday in Kigali" the Bacardi Limited Audience Choice Award winner.
At the fest, actor Earl Cameron, a native Bermudian, was honored with a film retrospective and an afternoon "Conversation With" event. He was one of the first black actors to gain leading man status in British cinema.