Oxford Film Festival honors winners

lifestyle_entertainmentSpecial to the Journal

OXFORD – The 13th annual Oxford Film Festival celebrated independent filmmakers at The Lyric Oxford during this past weekend.

The 2016 Hoka Award for Best Narrative Feature went to Claire Carré for “Embers,” a science fiction story about a global neurological epidemic that leaves survivors in a world without memories. The award includes a $20,000 camera rental package from Panavision.

Carré also received the first Alice Guy-Blaché Filmmaker Award, which was created to honor the top female filmmaker at the festival. The award includes a $1,000 prize.

Robert Longstreet, a veteran of more than 40 independent films, won the Lisa Blount Memorial Acting Award.

The Hoka Award for Best Documentary Film in the Mississippi category went to “Finding Cleveland.” It’s about a man’s search for his Chinese ancestors in Cleveland. The film will be shown by Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

The festival’s award-winning films will be screened at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education in Ocean Springs on Saturday and Sunday. For information, visit themaryc.org and click on “Upcoming Events.”

Here’s the list of 2016 festival winners:

• Best Narrative Feature – “Embers”

• Best Narrative Short – “Blazing Sun”

• Best Documentary Feature – “Children of the Arctic”

• Best Documentary Short – “The House is Innocent”

• Best Experimental Film – “Cybergenesis”

• Special Jury Mention for Experimental Film – “Swallowed Whole”

• Best Mississippi Narrative Film – “The Gift”

• Best Mississippi Documentary – “Finding Cleveland”

• Best Animation – “The Seafarer and the Moonlight”

• Special Jury Mention for Animation – “They Crawl Among Us!”

• Best Music Video – “Fallen Star”

• Special Jury Mention for Music Video – “Booker Wright’s Mashup”

• Special Jury Citation for Southern Spirit – “Three Fingers”

• Special Jury Citation for Social Significance – “Fitting the Description in North Portland”

• Best Director – Kostadin Bonev, “The Sinking of Sozopol”

• Best Editing – Christopher Reyes, “Viola: A Mother’s Story of Juvenile Justice”

• Best Cast – “The Week”

• Audience Award Winner – “West of Elvis”

• Ron Tibbett Audience Award – “Yalo”

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