BRFF Awards Winners 2021

Films

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AT HOME WITH NICK MULLINS

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Grand Jury Prize Winner -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
The “At Home with…” team spends some time with football referee Nick Mullins, a man who has dreamt of being a referee since he was a child. We follow Nick as he copes with life in lockdown during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has kept him away from his beloved job. Nick opens up and gives us an insight into his life, his passions and his dreams for the future.

L’EAU EST LA VIE

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Documentary Short Award Winner -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
On the banks of Louisiana, fierce Indigenous women are ready to fight—to stop the corporate blacksnake and preserve their way of life. They are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it.

GRETEL + HANSEL

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Local Film Award Winner -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
Gretel + Hansel is a story about Gretel, who wants more than anything to find her mom. But when her witch stepmother Desiree discovers Gretel has stolen her spellbook, Gretel must join her skeptical brother Hansel on a quest to the Millhouse to uncover the mysterious truth about their family.

THE TALENTED TENTH

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Narrative Short Award Winner -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
After the death of their father, two estranged brothers must now run the family's law firm as one. In the process, they battle relationships, identity, and the costs of protecting a legacy.

BENJI

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Honorable Mention -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
After everyone dies in a mysterious apocalypse, June is left all alone. In order to cope she finds a stuffed animal named Benji, and begins talking to him. Benji begins to start talking back, and he has a lot to say.

MUTE

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Honorable Mention -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
Mute follows a middle aged woman as she unloads the details of her husband's infidelity on a deaf hitchhiker. What starts as just a ride becomes something much more sinister. Mute is based on the short story of the same name by Stephen King, acquired through his Dollar Baby program for emerging filmmakers.

THE VOICE IN THE WAVES

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Honorable Mention -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
In a small town in northern china, a young woman was mysteriously missing. The police found unsent package in her home and found a solitary writer based on the address above. The writer seems to be unaware of it, but the things in the package have evoked his memories. Does the woman exist? What is the relationship with the work he is working on?

THE BOOK OF BABEL

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Honorable Mention -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
A mad man claims he holds the key to predicting the financial market. When Max, a young ambitious investment banker ends up in possession of a mystical book his obsession with finding out its secrets takes over his life. Will he ever find the answer or like his predecessor be drawn into an inescapable spiral?

ORSON REHEARSED

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Experimental Feature Award Winner -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
Orson Welles' heart has just stopped. We enter his mind in this moment, on the threshold between life and death. In the bardo Orson’s thoughts unspool as a stream of consciousness that loops back on itself, like a mobius strip. Three avatars onstage in the theater of his mind are paired with three films within the film as he shuffles through his memories, loves, regrets, like a magician preparing for one last magic trick. Is he ready for what comes next?

SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY

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Special Screening -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
Spoon River Anthology is the story of the fictitious town of Spoon River, IL, and is told exclusively by the specters of its deceased citizens. These spirits, finding some solace in sharing the secrets that outlived them, speak of their accomplishments, their regrets, as well as how they met their inevitable end. What is unearthed in the process, however, are the surreptitious small town secrets that many of the denizens of Spoon River would have killed to discover whilst alive, woven together to unveil the less-than-pastoral portrait that they paint of Spoon River and it’s inhabitants. 

SPEAK AGAIN

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Honorable Mention -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
Operating a lonely cattle ranch in 1893, Marcy’s solitude is interrupted by the presence of Father George, an itinerant priest who turns up delirious and lost on Marcy’s land. Needing to travel south through the mountains, George recovers his strength in Marcy’s care. In the process, the two open up about their pasts and reflect on what it means to live alone.

RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE

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Documentary Feature Award Winner -- Available until Sunday, 11:59pm EST.
America’s cowboy culture and opera’s hallowed traditions converge in a documentary film that celebrates the collaborative power of art.