'Hush' falls over Raindance crowd

Festival wraps with higher attendance, more stars

LONDON -- This year's Raindance Film Festival closed Sunday evening with the unspooling of Mark Tonderai's directorial debut, "Hush," an innovative horror movie complete with kidnapped girlfriends, an unrelenting psycho killer and duff policing.

Organizers said that the 16th edition of the festival reported an almost 40% uptick in attendance, with a considerable boost in star power this year.

Stars attending screenings over the event's 12-day timeline included Faye Dunaway, Arctic Monkeys, Martin Freeman, Adam Yauch, Bill Nighy, George Martin, Giles Martin, Alfonso Cuaron and Corey Feldman.

Festival director Elliott Grove said the good attendance and support from talent on both sides of the camera is "proof that independent cinema is alive and well."

Organizers also dished out the shindig's jury prizes, which included best U.K. feature to "The Blue Tower" and best international feature to "Estomago."
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