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TAKE TWO: Rasselas Lakew (Center)co-director and star of Atletu – The Athlete (Ethiopia) receives his award for Spirit of Freedom (Narrative). Far left is Leslie Vanderpool, BIFF Founder; and the category judges left to right: Hannah Fisher, Morris Ruskin, and Rani Sitty. The film also won the BIFF Audience Award for feature narrative. Photo: Eric Rose for BIFF

The winners were announced yesterday at the 7th edition of the Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF), which wrapped on Sunday evening. The Ethiopian film, Ateltu, about Abebe Bikila the first African to win a gold medal and the first person in history to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in the marathon, took the top Spirit of Freedom award for Narrative film.

The official 2010 BIFF winners are:

Spirit of Freedom (Narrative)

ATLETU (Ethiopia) – written, directed and produced by Davey Frankel
and Rasselas Lakew

Spirit of Freedom (Documentary)

BUDRUS (Israel / USA) – written, directed and produced by Julia Bacha

New Visions

HELLO LONESOME (USA) – written, directed and produced by Adam Reid

Short Film

CONTACT ZONE (Bahamas) – written and directed by Gustavius Smith

BIFF Audience Awards went to ATLETU for best feature narrative and BOUNCING CATS for best feature documentary.

 

The official 2010 BIFF feature lineup was comprised of the following films:

SPIRIT OF FREEDOM (NARRATIVE)
ELISA K (Spain) / Director: Judith Colell
LITTLE ROSE  (Poland) / Director: Jan Kidawa
ATLETU (Ethiopia) / Director: Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew
REFRACTAIRE (Luxemburg) / Director: Nicolas Steil
MASTER HAROLD (South Africa, US) / Director: Lonny Price

SPIRIT OF FREEDOM (DOC)
BHUTTU (Pakistan) / Director: Johnny O’ Hara
REVOLUTION (Germany) / Director: Christian Kohlert and Christoph Lehmann
BUDRUS (Palestine) / Director: Julia Bacha
WAR DON DON (Africa) / Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen
FROM SOMEWHERE TO NO WHERE (Switzerland) / Director: Villi Hermann
BOUNCING CATS (US) / Director: Dabi Elderkin

NEW VISIONS
PINOY SUNDAY ( Philippines) / Director: Wi Ding Ho
IMMIGRATION TANGO (US) / Director:  David Burton Morris
HELLO LONESOME (US) / Director: Adam Reid
CRACKIE (Canada) / Director: Sherry White
NORMAN (US) / Director: Jonathan Segal

CARIBBEAN SIDEBAR
CRAZY LOVE (Bahamas) / Director:  Clarence Rolle
GANGS IN PARADISE (US) / Director: Lou Lambert
BENEATH THE BLUE (Bahamas /US) / Director:  Michael D. Sellers

WORLD CINEMA
CROCODILES (Germany) / Director: Christian Ditter
SALAM RUGBY (IRAN) / Director: Faramarz Beheshti
CHAIN LETTER (US)/ Director: Deon Taylor
ITS KIND OF FUNNY STORY (US) / Director: Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden

ENVIORNMENT SIDEBAR Sponsored by The Nature Conservancy
MASA GOD FISH (Jamaica) / Director: Nathalie Zenny
LION FISH INVASION (Bahamas) / Director: Matthew Mccoy
GARBAGE DREAMS (Egypt, US)/ Director: Mai Iskander

In addition, 36 short films screened at the festival.

 

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