Bermuda fest calls ‘Dogs’ for kudos

Meshkini's 'Stray' finds love

HOLLYWOOD — Iranian helmer Marziyeh Meshkini’s “Stray Dogs” has won the prize for narrative feature at the Bermuda Film Festival.

The eighth annual fest, which unspooled March 18 to 24, featured more than 70 films, with a special focus on Iranian Cinema.

Rounding out the fest’s three other kudos were “Murderball” for documentary feature; “Goodbye, Cruel World” for the Bermuda Shorts Award; and “Les Choristes” for Audience Choice Award.

Competing films were judged by a jury that included Michael Clark Duncan, Judy Greer, Jeff Arch, Bonnie Voland, Srdjan Vuletic and Fanta Regina Nacro.

Special jury mentions were also handed out. “Campfire” won for ensemble acting, while “Hawaii, Oslo” took home the kudos for screenplay. A special mention went to “The Last of the First” for documentary feature, and “Paving Shangri-la” won in the shorts category.

“Wonderland” helmer Michael Winterbottom was the fest’s “Director in Focus.”