Film festival announces award winners

April 30, 2017 GMT

The winner of the first Audience Choice award at the just-concluded Rochester International Film Festival went to a documentary, “The Eagle Huntress.”

The film, which was shown twice during the weeklong festival, received the highest scores from viewers of any film at the festival. The family-friendly movie by British director Otto Bell, is about a father in Kazakhstan teaching his daughter a traditional hunting skill usually only practiced by males in that remote part of the world.

In addition, a special Founder’s Award, in honor of Alan Hoffman, founder of the festival, was given to the film “Dolores,” a documentary about activist Dolores Huerta. Hoffman first saw the film at the Sundance festival earlier this year and was able to bring it to Rochester. Viewers rated “Dolores” nearly as high as “The Eagle Huntress,” said Jan Behrens, a member of the Rochester International Film Group, which organizes the annual festival.