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Mill Valley Film Festival Inaugurates Audience Awards

Mill Valley Film Festival Inaugurates Audience Awards

The 28th Mill Valley Film Festival wrapped up on October 16 after screening over 200 movies from 55 countries. This was the first year that the festival granted audience awards. The Audience Award for dramatic feature went to Zola Maseko‘s “Drum,” about conditions in South Africa in the 1950s. Lisa Gay Hamilton‘s “Beah: A Black Woman Speaks,” about the life of actress, poet and activist Beah Richards, received the Audience Award for documentary feature. Stefan Scaini‘s “Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story” was given the Children’s FilmFest Audience Award. The British Academy of Film and Television award for short films went to “City Paradise,” directed by Gaelle Denis. Jacques Thelemaque‘s “Transaction” and John Harden‘s “La Vie d’un Chien” were the two runners-up. [M.L. Liu]

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