Winners of the Aruba International Film Festival’s newly-expanded Spotlight Series Competition, which showcases films from Aruban and Caribbean filmmakers, were announced Tuesday night in Gold Coast, Aruba.
The winner of the CSS Audience Award and a $1,500 cash prize was “Children of God,” a Bahamian gay rights drama from director Kareem Mortimer. The CSS Special Jury Award was “Voices from Mariel,” a documentary on Cuba’s 1980 Mariel boatlift directed by Jim Carleton. The short film winner was “Muhe Frida,” a film based on the life Frida Kahlo by director Felix de Rooy and producer Alydia Wever. The CSS jury also recognized “Fire Burn Babylon” with a CSS Special Mention Award. The documentary, which chronicles the immigration of Caribbean Rastafarians to London, was produced and directed by Sarita Siegel.
The film festival kicked off the previous Friday with a screening of Keith Bierden’s “Meet Monica Velour,” with Kim Cattrall, who was in attendance. In addition to Cattrall, international celebrities attending this year’s AIFF included Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Jonathan Demme.
The festival took place June 10-16, 2011.