The 2014 Boston Film Festival has unveiled its awards recipients, following its 30th program that ran September 24-28 in Theatre 1 at the Revere Hotel Boston Common. The biography ‘Wild,’ drama ‘White Rabbit’ and the documentary ‘Zemene’ led the films that were honored by the festival.

This year’s Boston Film Festival Award winners are:

Best Film: ‘Wild’

Best Actor: Nick Krause, ‘White Rabbit’

Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon, ‘Wild’

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Trammell, ‘White Rabbit’

Best Supporting Actress: Britt Robertson: ‘White Rabbit’

Best Documentary: ‘Zemene’

Best Director: Paul Lazarus, ‘SlingShot’

Mass Impact: ‘Widowmaker’

EcoFilm: ‘SlingShot’

Best Cinematography: ‘Zemene’

Best Music: ‘The Winding Stream’

Best Editing: ‘Zemene’

Audience Favorite: ‘Playing for The Mob’

Best Short: ‘Bis Kleich’

Best Performance in a short film: Llana Barron, ‘Committed’

The festival featured four world premiers and 32 movies. This year’s program focused on the alarming environmental global crisis throughout its five days of events.

The closing day/night program on September 28 showcased a “Call to Action on the Environment.” The program featured the world premieres of ‘Zemene,’ ‘Breaking Free: The Shale Rock Revolution’ and the Boston debut of ‘Slingshot.’ The closing day/night program emphasized the growing specter of global destabilization that’s presented by the environmental crisis that threatens major ecosystems worldwide.

This year’s festival also featured several films that have Boston and Massachusetts ties. ‘Zemene’ was directed by Boston native, Melissa Donovan, and fellow Boston resident Beth Harrington helmed ‘The Winding Stream.’ Director Lisa Copland of Uxbridge directed a short documentary about the Boston Marathon bombing, ‘26.2 Miles Closer to Living.’ Question and answer sessions with the films’ directors and talent followed each screening.

Ray Liotta narrated the festival’s Boston based Centerpiece film, ‘Playing for the Mob.’ The movie tells the story of mobster Henry Hill, who the actor played in Martin Scorsese’s hit 1990 film, ‘Goodfellas.’ The film focuses on Hill’s participation in orchestrating the fixing of Boston College basketball games in 1978 and 1979. The details of the scandal are revealed for the first time on film through the testimony of the players, the federal investigators and the actual fixers, including Hill, who died shortly after he was interviewed. After the movie’s screening, a panel discussion followed with co-directors Joe Levine and Cayman Grant, as well as Jim Sweeney, a former BC basketball player, and Ed McDonald, the prosecutor of the BC-point shaving case.

30th Annual Boston Film Festival Spotlights Environmental Crisis

Written by: Karen Benardello

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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