2016 official selections & awards
Dir: Nnegest Likké Feature Film Ben Johnson, a struggling PhD candidate, meets Ara, a fellow PhD candidate, who is everything he is not: successful, focused and a devout Muslim of Cameroonian descent. An unlikely romance blossoms as the two explore the possibilities and the limits of an inter-religious, inter-racial, and inter-cultural relationship.
Dir: David Valent Student Film - College An increasingly desolate teenage schoolboy creates a coded language using paint colour sample cards to express his secret desires and feelings for the object of his affection.
Dir: David Willing Short A girl walks into a restaurant dressed as Wonder Woman and orders a beer. A feel good film about love and courage.
Dir: Ron Bourke Documentary Somali refugee girls struggle to put the hostility and violence of war behind them with the help of a dedicated educator and peacemaker.
Dir: Karen Guthrie Documentary The Closer We Get is a multi-award winning autobiographical portrait of broken dreams, loyalty and redemption that follows its director Karen Guthrie from Scotland to Ethiopia and back again.
Dir: Savannah Rodgers Student Film - College A group of television writers try so hard to be politically correct, it impedes their writing process.
Dir: Yasmin Mistry Short A young Native-American Caucasian girl, converts to Islam in hopes of finding structure in a life where it never existed.
Dir: Francesca Perticarini Student Film - High School Away from her home in Ghana for the first time, this student gives her account on life amongst tall buildings in a big, bustling city.
Dir: Tomislav Zaja Documentary Free follows the path to freedom of a group of people with intellectual disabilities that are locked away in Croatian institutions.
Dir: Megan Jones Student Film - College The true story of how one couple comes to terms with the fact that their son was born with Down Syndrome.
Dir: Ray Jacobs Short Bastion was having an ordinary day, a few of the regulars, old gents with less and less hair to cut each time, he was ready to head home, and then he entered, that harmless fool.
Dir: William Leon Student Film - High School A friendship develops between two teenagers from different ethnic backgrounds in the 1950’s. Together they have proven that when you open up your heart you can make a positive difference.
Dirs: Amy Pysden and Daniel Clarke Documentary Meet Kushia Young. This 21-year-old indigenous artist from the remote Australian desert can't hear you but her unique drawings communicate a language all of her own.
Dir: Norbert Strehle Student Film - College Remembered Visions is a journey through the world, work and vision of blind artist and director Maria Oshodi. We follow her on a tense day trying discover how she ‘sees’ the world.
Dir: Carly Usdin Feature Emotional chaos ensues over lunch when new couple, Jasmine and Penn, find an anonymous suicide note at the home of the happiest people they know.
Dir: Daniel Koenig Documentary Four elite para-rowers train and compete for a spot on the U.S. National Rowing Team.
Dir: Jenna Kanell Short Despite being told as a child that he would never speak or walk, Vance accomplished what doctors thought was impossible. But now he has a new challenge: dating.
Dir: Puppet Short Written by Guinevere Turner, Wedlocked is a comedy about the ridiculous laws governing gay divorce before the pivotal 2015 SCOTUS ruling in favor of marriage equality.
Grand Jury Prize (Best of the Fest) — “Suicide Kale”
Best Feature Film — “Train Station”
Best Director, Feature Film — Carly Usidn (“Suicide Kale”)
Best Actress — Jasika Nicole (“Suicide Kale”)
Best Actor — Luke Fewster (“True Colours”)
Best Documentary — “Trails: Finding the Medal”
Best Short Documentary — “Remembered Visions”
Best Short Film — "The Big Decisions"
Best Director, Short Film — A. L. Lee (“the good boy”)
Women Filmmakers Award — Karen Guthrie (“The Closer We Get”)
Best College Film — “True Colours”
Best High School Film — “A Little Love Goes a Long Clay”
Diversity in the Arts — “Wedlocked”
Notable Young Filmmaker — “Attached at the Soul”
Honorable Mention — “I am Ghana”