The award for Best Student Film, which was presented to Stuck in Traffick by Collin McDowell and Jenna Lee Thomas. In addition, Honorable Mention recognition was awarded to:
Made in Makanda - Director/Producer: Wonjung Bae;
Museum of Exhile - Director/Producer: Wonjung Bae
The Scavenger - Director/Producer: Erik Spink
Blackfire A Modern Warcry - Director/Producer: Judea Runs Through & Zak Ciotti
The Beat Goes On - Director/Producer: Jacqui Baxter
Michael - Director/Producer: Luke Broyles (Luke Broyles was acknowledged as the youngest filmmaker at 11-years old)
DOCUTAH Festival Director Phil Tuckett presented the Audience Favorite Award to the production crew of the film "Bouncing Cats" created by Nabil Elderkin, Charlie Rosene, Claude Merkel, and Scott Bradfield of Los Angeles, California.
DOCUTAH Festival Judge Jeff Ham awarded acclaimed filmmaker Helen Whitney with the first-ever “Helen Whitney Vanguard Award” for her exemplary work on the documentary, "Forgiveness: A Time To Love and a Time To Hate". The Vanguard Award will be given annually to festival films which demonstrate a high standard of artisanship and excellence in both storytelling and visual arts.
DOCUTAH Film Festival judges included Bruce Bennett, Jeff Ham, Adam Mast, and Lesley Mendenhall (lead judge). The panel screened and vetted over 30 short and feature films. Mendenhall said “They were all high quality films and well deserving. It came down to which ones stood out a bit more than the others.”
The panel of judges presented Raven statuettes to the following:
Music - Mezzanotte Obscura
Director/Producer: Lori Petchers, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
Cinematography - Gray Eagles - Director/Producer: Chris Woods & Carissa Buffel, Los Angeles, California, USA
Editing – Bye Bye Now! - Director/Producer: Aideen O’Sullivan & Ross Whitaker, Dublin, Ireland
Directing – Fighting Cholita -Director/Producer: Lupina Magorzata & Studio M, Poland
Best Picture - Fighting Cholita -Director/Producer: Lupina Magorzata & Studio M, Poland
Music – Exhaling Music
Director/Producer: Tron Eliassen & Tomas Evjen, Hommelvik, Norway
Cinematography – The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning - Director/Producer: Mark Terry & Herb F. Terry, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Editing – The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club - Director/ Producer: Amanda Pope & Nick Spark, Los Angeles, California, USA
Directing – Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone - Director/Producer: Christopher Metzler & Lev Anderson, San Francisco, California, USA
Best Picture - Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone - Director/Producer: Christopher Metzler & Lev Anderson, San Francisco, California, USA.
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