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Acclaimed Iranian film director wins major BIFF prize

Abbas Rafel’s Iranian film “Oblivion Season” won the major Best Feature Narrative Award of the Buffalo Independent Film Festival that concluded Sunday. The festival, which was well-attended in the North Park Theatre, the Screening Room and Squeaky Wheel, was its first year without its founder, the late Edward Summer.

The film by acclaimed Iranian director film is about a former prostitute who begins a new life with marriage but keeps encountering a lack of freedom almost everywhere.

Other awards won by films in the festival:

Special Jury Prize, WNY Feature: Hann-Shi Lem’s “Prescient.”

Gold Bison Summer Award for Best WNY Feature: Michael Thelin’s “Emelie.”

Special Jury Prize, Best Feature Documentary: Julie Sokolow’s “Aspie Seeks Love.”

Gold Bison Summer Award, Best Feature Documentary: Amy Cohn’s “A Courtship”

Special Jury Prize, Feature Narrative: Onur Tukel’s “Abby Singer/Songwriter”

Gold Bison, Audience Award: David Spaltro’s “In the Dark.”

Special Jury Prize, WNY Short: Bob Accuroi and Gerald Janssen’s “Aleatories from an Echo.”

Gold Bison Summer Award, Best WNY Short: Joe Bellavia’s “Long John.”

Special Jury Prize Short Film – Robinder Uppal’s “Royal Women’s Association.”

Gold Bison Best Short Film: Oskar Rosetti’s “I Scream Your Name.”

Gold Bison Supersnipe Award: Andrew Chambers’ “Detectives of Noir Town.”

Student Film Prize Winners: Sam Avery’s “Locomotion” and Margaret Orr’s “Mer Dupre.”

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