Bermuda Fest Wraps, "Kini and Adams" Wins Jury Prize
by Mark Rabinowitz
The second annual Bermuda International Film Festival wrapped up last
week, with noted award-winning Burkina Faso-born director Idrissa
Ouedraogo picking up the Jury Prize for Best Film for "Kini and Adams."
Directors Constance Marks and Bob Eisenhardt took home a Special Jury
Selection for Outstanding Documentary for thier film "Green Chimneys," a
story about three abandoned and abused boys and thier chance for a new
life at the Green Chimneys residential care facility in Brewster, New
York. The film also screened at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival and won
the Innovation Award of five acres of land at the 1997 Taos Talking
The Entertainment Weekly Audience Choice Award went to Bermudian
filmmaker Alison Swan for her debut film, "Mixing Nia." The film also
recently took home the Grand Prize at the Houston Worldfest. In the
shorts category, David Birdsell's "Phil Touches Flo" picked up the
Bermuda Shorts Award.
Commenting on Ouedraogo's win in a prepared statement, festival director
Aideen Ratteray-Pryse said, "We are thrilled that an international
director of such stature has one our top prize," continuing, "It shows
that our festival has gained a worldwide profile after just two years,
and we look forward to another truly international festival next year."