2016 official selections & awards

Ben+Ara
Ben+Ara

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.

True Colours
True Colours

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.

The Escape Hatch
The Escape Hatch

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.

Lessons of Basket Ball and War
Lessons of Basket Ball and War

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.

The Closer We Get
The Closer We Get

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.

Politically Correct
Politically Correct

Dir: Savannah Rodgers Student Film - College A group of television writers try so hard to be politically correct, it impedes their writing process.

My Identity
My Identity

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.

I'm Ghana
I'm Ghana

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.

Free
Free

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.

Little Victories
Little Victories

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.

Bastion
Bastion

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.

Attached at the Soul
Attached at the Soul

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.

Dragon Dreaming
Dragon Dreaming

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.

Remembered Visions
Remembered Visions

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.

Suicide Kale
Suicide Kale

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.

Trials Finding the Medal
Trials Finding the Medal

Dir: Daniel Koenig Documentary Four elite para-rowers train and compete for a spot on the U.S. National Rowing Team.

Bumblebees
Bumblebees

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.

Wedlocked
Wedlocked

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”