By Larry Murray
Now in its tenth year, the Berkshire International Film Festival wrapped up 2015 by announcing the winners of the annual BIFF Juried Prize Award and the BIFF Audience Award. In the Juried documentary category, the winners were Romeo is Bleeding, written and directed by Jason Zeldes. Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia won in the Juried narrative category for their film H. filmed in both Troy and Pittsfield.
The Jury prize is sponsored by GWFF USA and was presented at a brunch Sunday (May 31) at the Allium Restaurant + Bar in Great Barrington. Serving on the BIFF Jury were actors Karen Allen, Mary Kay Place, Scott Cohen and Peter Riegert; Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment; producer Susan Arnold; casting director Gretchen Rennell; film executive Bob Harper; production designer Kristi Zea; and New York Film Festival director Kent Jones.
The Audience Award Winner for best documentary feature was a tie between Crescendo: The Power of Music directed by Jamie Bernstein, and Above and Beyond directed by Roberta Grossman and produced by Nancy Spielberg. The Audience Award Winner for best narrative feature was the Dutch film Secrets of War.