2013 Winners

Best Of The Fest

SLEIGHT OF HAND - Animation | Australia 2012

Run-time 9 minutes 48 seconds |  Director(s): Michael Cusack

A set of techniques used by someone to manipulate objects secretly to deceive. This is a stop-motion film about illusions. A Man yearns to know his place in the world and how he fits in, when sometimes it's better not to know.

Narrative Feature

HOW TO BECOME A CRIMINAL MASTERMIND - Narrative Feature| United Kingdom 2012

Run-time 1 hour 23 minutes |  Director(s): Henry Scriven

A desperate man hires a crime coach to turn him into the perfect criminal.

Narrative Short

DOOR GOD - Narrative Short | China 2013

Run-time 23 minutes |  Director(s): Yulin Liu

On Chinese New Year, a little girl learns reality is not what it seems as she discovers how betrayal can be done out of love.

Documentary Feature

HEAR OUR VOICES: TRANSFORMING THE CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEM - Documentary Feature | USA 2013

Run-time 1 hour 33 minutes |  Director(s): David Earnhardt & Patricia Sommers Earnhardt

HEAR OUR VOICES tells the inspiring stories of nine children and young adults who are fighting to overcome their mental health issues. Their stories are framed by some of the nation's top mental healthcare experts, who contend that children's mental health issues are real and treatable, occurring with much greater frequency than most people imagine. A film by award-winning filmmakers David and Patricia Earnhardt, in association with Tennessee Voices for Children, HEAR OUR VOICES reveals the high cost society pays when young people with mental health issues do not receive the help they need. The film makes the case that all children need access to treatments and supports that will make a profound difference in their lives.

Documentary Short

ONE SPARK: THE WORLD'S FIRST CROWDFUNDING FESTIVAL - Documentary Short | USA 2013

Run-time 28 minutes |  Director(s): Antonio Sarte

ONE SPARK: THE WORLD'S FIRST CROWDFUNDING FESTIVAL documents the festival itself which took place in Jacksonville, Florida in April 2013, and also tells the stories of the people involved with the first crowdfunding festival ever.

Animation/Experimental

VIRTUOS VIRTUELL - Experimental | Germany 2013

Run-time 7 minutes 20 seconds |  Director(s): Maja Oschmann

Synchronising to the music, abstract ink drawings 'grow' in an interplay of curiosity, timid encounters, dynamic pursuits and confrontation, stimulating many emotions, which carry us off on a poetical journey to a musical world of pictures.

Innovation & Education

NIL NISI OPTIMUM - Animation | Canada 2013

Run-time 23 minutes 32 seconds |  Director(s): Xstine Cook

An animated history of the city of Calgary and Earl Grey School from the big bang up to the present, created by 180 elementary school students.

Audience Award

WEEKEND RAILROADERS - Documentary Short | USA 2011

Run-time 52 minutes 25 seconds | Director(s): Scott Peterson

A unique documentary film about railroad motor car excursions and the people participating in them. Weekend Railroaders explores the excitement, satisfaction and camaraderie of railroad enthusiasts through personal interviews and action footage from rail cars during speeder runs.