John Madden, director of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Shakespeare In Love and Mrs Brown, is to receive the Prospero Award for Excellence in Film at the fourth edition of the Bermuda International Film Festival April 20-26.

Opening the event is One Night At McCool's, starring Liv Tyler and Matt Dillon, while Julien Temple's Pandaemonium has the closing night slot. The 15-title competition includes The Stranger, from Austria, Maze, with Laura Linney, and three North American premieres - With Great Joy, from the Netherlands, and Sweden's Jalla! Jalla! and Mamy Blue. Also competing are Czech Republic title Loners, Lisa Kors' Dinner And A Movie and Brazilian-US film I Was Born A Black Woman.

The event features an Irish sidebar, an international documentary section a strand of international shorts including two new Samuel Beckett short films.

Industry executives attending include Andrew Herwitz, senior vice-president of acquisitions for Miramax Films, Victor Loewy, chairman, motion picture group at Alliance Atlantis and Beverly Hills-based film attorney Mark Litwak.