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Vail, CO — The 2018 Vail Film Festival, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this past weekend has announced this year’s official award recipients.

“The Vail Film Festival is proud to continue our focus on women in film,” said Megen Musegades, Vail Film Festival Executive Director. “In this spirit, we are elated to welcome Corinne Hara as our new Festival Director. Corinne has been an important part of the Vail Film Festival over the past five years, and has already made a positive impact on the Festival this year.”

“It’s an exciting time for the Vail Film Festival,” said Corinne Hara, Vail Film Festival Director. “Our program has evolved as the industry has changed. We’ve been able to strengthen our mission to support the underrepresented, and still hold true to our creative vision.”

The 15th Annual Vail Film Festival was pleased to honor “Mary Goes Round” actress, Aya Cash, for “Excellence in Acting” during Saturday evening’s award ceremony at the GMC Theater at Blue Starlite Cinema. “Thank you so much, this is lovely,” said honoree, Aya Cash. “I’ve never really won anything, and this is a gift.”

Graduate of San Francisco School of the Arts and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, Aya Cash quickly made a name for herself within the industry. In 2013, Backstage Magazine recognized her as one of the “Backstage 30” actors about to “break out.” IndieWire.com then named Cash as one of the “10 Comic Actresses Who Deserve A Big-Screen Leading Role” in 2014. Cash continued her varied and nuanced performances in both film and television, and in 2015 received a Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her lead role in the FX/FXX series, “You’re the Worst.” Other credits include “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “The Newsroom,” “Brotherhood,” “Law and Order,” and “Mercy.” Her new film, “Mary Goes Round” celebrated its Colorado premiere at the 2018 Vail Film Festival.

The 2018 Vail Film Festival jurors recognized exceptional films in the following categories:

  • Best Narrative Feature: “Mary Goes Round” (Colorado premiere). Written and Directed by Molly McGlynn.* Starring Aya Cash, Sara Waisglass, John Ralston, Melanie Nicholls-Kings. When a substance abuse counsellor gets arrested for a DUI and returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls, she learns that her estranged father is dying of cancer, and wants her to form a bond with her teenaged half-sister that she’s never met.
  • Best Documentary: “Strike a Rock” (Colorado premiere). Directed by Aliki Saragas, “Strike a Rock” focuses on two South African activists who take on the infamous platinum mining company.
  • Best Short: “In Wonderland” (World premiere). Directed by Christopher Haydon. In Wonderland is the story of a life together.
  • Best Student: “Night Call” (Colorado premiere). Directed by Amanda Renee Knox. When, on a routine patrol, a Black female cop living in and patrolling Inglewood gets called to a disturbance she is forced to make an unprecedented life altering decision.
  • GMC Professional Grade Audience Award: “Surviving Home” (Colorado premiere). Directed by Jillian Moul and Matthew Moul.* “Surviving Home” follows four generations of veterans over an eight-year period, as they rebuild their lives after war. Interwoven with veterans’ voices from across the United States, their unique paths of healing and discovery shed light