CIFF 2012 awards announced
Camden — The Camden International Film Festival has announced the award-winning films from its eighth edition, which included the screening of more than 70 films from dozens of countries as well as the fourth Points North Documentary Forum. The festival has more than 6,500 attendees including nearly 100 filmmakers and industry leaders.
This year’s Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature went to “The Waiting Room,” directed by Peter Nicks. The film is an innovative blend of documentary film and social media that follows the life and times of an American public hospital amidst the greatest change to our health care system in decades.
A Special Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature Jury Mention went to “Downeast,” directed by David Redmon and Ashley Sabin. Set during an era in which numerous factories have been exported, “Downeast” focuses on Antonio Bussone’s efforts to open a processing factory in rural Maine. The jury suggested “Downeast” should be required viewing for business school students.
The Harrell Award Jury included Jason Spingarn-Koff, Op-Docs series producer for The New York Times; Alice Apley, executive director of Documentary Educational Resources; and Bryce Renninger of Indiewire.
Also awarded at CIFF 2012 was “Betting The Farm,” produced by North Haven’s Pull-Start Production, which won the festival’s first People’s Choice Award.
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