Dorris Dorrie’sCherry Blossomswas the winner of the audience choice award at the 33rd annual Cleveland International Film Festival which ended last week.
Sean Baker’s Prince Of Broadway won the $2,500 cash prize American Independent Award also determined by audience vote from the films in the American Independent Film Competition.
Meanwhile Attila Gigor’s The Investigator from Hungary won the Central and Eastern European Film Competition which comes with a $10,000 cash prize. The film was selected by a jury consisting of film critic and Transilvania International Film Festival director Mihai Chirilov, Denver Film Festival associate director Britta Erickson and Atlantic Film Festival programming manager Andrew Murphy.
The winner of the $5,000 cash prize for documentary film competition was Trinidad, directed by PJ Raval and Jay Hodges. The jurors for the prize were Christian Gaines, director of festivals for withoutabox, Brad Horvarth, producer with Halifax-based Arcadia Entertainment and Shane Smith, executive producer of in-flight entertainment at Spafax Canada.
Aron Gaudet’s The Way We Get By won the Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Film Competition, a $5,000 cash prize voted on by the audience to films with a social message.
The festival announced record-breaking attendance figures for the festival, with 66,476 admissions during the 11-day event, a 27% increase on last year.