Barry Jenkins' 'Moonlight' Nabs Audience Award at Atlantic Film Festival

Mahershala Ali in MOONLIGHT Screen Shot - H 2016
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The Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris-starring coming-of-age tale captured the People's Choice Award to continue a buzzy award season run.

Moonlight, Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age drama about a gay man in drug-addled Miami, has picked up the audience award at the Atlantic Film Festival.

Atlantic Canada's biggest festival wrapped on the weekend with the Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris-starrer nabbing the People's Choice Award after the indie bowed in Telluride. Moonlight gatherered still more award season buzz as it screened in Toronto and is headed to New York before A24 releases the movie on Oct. 21.

The Halifax festival also named the Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke-starring drama Maudie, which also bowed in Telluride, as the best Atlantic Canada feature. The Canada-Ireland co-production directed by Aisling Walsh was shot in Newfoundland.

The other big winner was Werewolf, an indie drama about a young, methadone-dependent Cape Breton couple that earned Ashley McKenzie the best director honor, and the best actress prize for Bhreagh MacNeil and best actor for co-lead Andrew Gillis.