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'Calileach,' 'Omid' and 'Love and Terror' lead award winners

'Calileach,' 'Omid' and 'Love and Terror' lead award winners

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The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival announced the winners in its four documentary film competitions on Saturday.

The award for best mini-doc, which included those 15 minutes and shorter, went to "Cailleach" by director Rosie Reed Hillman. The film follows Morag, an 86-year-old woman living in the home where she was born on the Isle of Harris, as she looks at the life she's lived and the future she has in front of her.

"Omid," a documentary that touched on the United State's military withdrawal from Afghanistan, won the mini-doc category's artistic vision award.

The short film category, covering documentaries between 15 and 40 minutes long, was won by director Manuel Abramovich's "La Reina," about an Argentinian girl under social pressure to excel as she prepares to fulfill her role as a queen of a carnival celebration.

Because the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival has been recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the mini-doc and short category winners are eligible to be nominated for Oscar awards.

The coveted Big Sky award, given to the film that captures the spirit of the American West was presented to "Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere." Director Dave Jannetta's documentary tells the story of the search for answers after the body of a professor in an isolated Nebraska town is found tied up and burned months after he disappears.

Andrew Renzi's "Fishtail," about a pair of cowboys working a 2,000-acre cattle ranch in Montana, won the category's artistic vision award.

"Siblings Are Forever" took first place in the feature award, for films 40 minutes and longer. Frode Fimland's film shows the relationship between a Norwegian brother and sister, 73-year-old Magnar and 70-year-old Oddny.

The film festival runs through Monday, including repeat screenings of the category-winning documentaries. More information is available online at

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