The Kalamazoo World Languages Film Festival, formerly the Francophone Film Festival, strives to provide the communities of Western Michigan University and greater Kalamazoo as well as educators across Michigan and the surrounding Midwestern states an opportunity to experience a broader and more diverse view of world cinema. The festival, which takes place in spring, is dedicated to the presentation of original creative cinema from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish-speaking cultures around the world.
We are happy to announce this year's winners. Our audience's favorite movies receive The Gold Kazoo prize--and the winners are:
- For the Feature Film selection, "Leonie" by Hisako Matsui. Runners-up were "Aftershock" and "An American Dream".
- For the Short Film selection, "Wooden Hand" by Kaouther Ben H’nia. Runners-up were "Dolls" and "We Live in Wonderful Times".