Ethiopian narrative "Atletu" takes two kudos

Ethiopa’s “Atletu” and the Israeli-U.S. docu “Budrus” have won the top narrative and docu prizes at the Bahamas Film Festival.

“Atletu,” written, helmed and produced by Davey Frankel and Rasselas Lakew, drew the Spirit of Freedom nod in the narrative film category. “Budrus,” written, directed and produced by Julia Bacha, took the docu prize.

“Hello Lonesome,” by Adam Reid, won the New Visions award, and Gustavius Smith’s “Contact Zone” took short film.

Audience awards went to “At-letu” in the feature narrative realm and “Bouncing Cats” for feature doc.

The fest’s Filmmaker Residency Program, created to nurture new filmmakers and screenwriters with screenplays based in the Caribbean, had three winners: Sara Van Acker won for “Bloodlust,” Karen Webb took second for “Arthur’s Salvation” and Mark Cerulli landed third for “Sunburn.”

Fifty-six films from 14 different countries were showcased this year.

Fest concluded Monday with a screening of “The King’s Speech.”

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