Berkshire International Film Festival: Award winners are announced


GREAT BARRINGTON -- "Case Against 8," written and directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White, and Gillian Robespierre’romantic comedy, "Obvious Child," are the winners of the Ninth Annual Berkshire International Film Festival Juried Prize Award in the documentary and narrative categories, respectively.

Sponsored by GWFF USA, the Jury Prize was presented at a brunch Sunday at allium Restaurant.

Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Karen Allen, Mary Kay Place and Peter Riegert; producers Josh Braun, Dan Braun, Susan Arnold and Tom Jacobson; directors Karen Goodman and Matt Penn; and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones.

Meanwhile, the Audience Award winner for best documentary feature was "Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory." "Hank and Asha" and "Under the Same Sun" tied for the Audience Award for best narrative feature.

The winner of the Berkshire Bank "Next Great Filmmaker Award" was Matt Slamowitz’s short film "Water Dogs" starring Bob Jaffe. Slamowitz accepted the award in a ceremony during Pittsfield opening night Friday.

The four-day festival, which ran Thursday through Sunday in Great Barrington and Pittsfield, screened 75 features, documentaries and shorts from around the world, in addition to a variety of special events and programs and discussions with over 40 filmmakers.

BIFF 2015 will be held May 28-31. Submissions open Oct.1.


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