With the final events of last week’s Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) now history, the star-studded event is finally wrapped up. For a few days in June, the Berkshires were filled with luminaries such as Yo-Yo-Ma, Bruce Dern, Karen Allen, Meryl Streep, Ann Roth, Joan Anderson, Sheila Nevins, Mike Haley, Kent Jones, Noah Baumbach, Jake Paltrow, Gregory Crewdson, Julie Goldman, Ethel Sheffer and Douglas Trumbull. They were among 40 filmmakers in attendance. In addition, the BIFF announced the winners of the annual BIFF Juried Prize Award and the BIFF Audience Award.
In the Juried documentary category, the winner was Untouchable written and directed by David Feige, and in the Juried narrative category the Iranian entry, Wednesday, May 9 was awarded the prize. The Jury prize is sponsored by GWFF USA and was presented at a brunch Sunday at allium Restaurant in Great Barrington. Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Mary Kay Place and Peter Riegert, Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine Entertainment, casting director Gretchen Rennell, film executive Bob Harper and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones.
The Audience Award Winner for best narrative feature was a tie between Year by the Sea directed by Alexander Janko and starring Karen Allen, and the French film Our Women directed by Richard Barry. The Audience Award Winner for best documentary feature was the Sundance hit film Life, Animated directed by Roger Rees Williams.