2015

Best of the Fest
Narrative Short
Ecuador
Runtime:
28 minutes
Director:
Javier Fesser

An amazing innovation reaches a tiny school lost in the heart of the Peruvian Andes and revolutionizes the lives of the whole community: the internet. It brings the world to their doorstep, but even more importantly, it offers the world the chance tofinally discover what's happening in the remote village of Ingatambo.

Best Narrative Feature
Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
44 minutes
Director:
Kyle Ham

Reparation is a powerful psychological thriller that swirls like a funnel cloud around Bob Stevens, a small-town vegetable farmer with a three-year hole in his memory. When a mysterious stranger, Jerome, shows up claiming to be his best friend in the Air Force Police, Bob's peaceful existence begins to unravel from the outside in. Bob's entire family are caught in the storm, but none more than his eight- year-old daughter, Charlotte, who discovers she might hold the key to conjuring Bob's forgotten past.

As Charlotte comes to learn, 'every time something happens that knocks us out of balance, we try doing something that will knock us back in...' That universal theme of balance is the soul of Reparation.

Best Narrative Short
Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
13 minutes
Director:
Chris King

When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet amazing journey.

Best Documentary Feature
Documentary Feature
United Kingdom
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
18 minutes
Director:
Susan Steinberg

Mirrors to Windows: The Artist as Woman is a unique film following an international cast of three generations of women artists who are all forging their careers in the heat of the London art scene. From the studio to the gallery, candid conversations infused with humour and zeal give us a rare insight into the lives of ten artists working across a diverse a array of mediums, united by an enduring belief in themselves and their work.

Featuring artists aged 22-82, the film forms a compelling collective biography, telling a cross-generational coming of age story. Act 1 sees three young artists at the start of their careers. Act 2 finds artists balancing the conflicts of middle age, and in Act 3, four artists are experiencing new-found freedom as their work becomes more active than ever.

Best Documentary Short
Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
50 minutes
Director:
Mercedes Kane

Ina Pinkney is a Chicago legend of the tastiest kind. Known around town as the Breakfast Queen, she has been feeding Chicagoans for the past 33 years. Faced with the late stages of polio, Ina has decided to close the doors of her beloved breakfast nook. An outstanding chef and businesswoman, Ina is so much more. She's a community leader, a pioneer, a television personality - but most importantly, she's the rare sort of person who's found a way to transform her passion into a joy that extends across an entire city, and beyond.

The documentary, Breakfast at Ina's gives audiences a glimpse into Ina's extraordinary life, all while chronicling the last days of the restaurant as Ina and her staff serve up its final meals.

Best Experimental
Experimental
Canada
Runtime:
7 minutes
Director:
George Ungar

Opening our eyes each new day, we stare for a few minutes into space, seeing the first sights, hearing the first sounds. It is neither night nor day but something in-between. Fragments of dreams refusing to expire, the grip of the day not yet uponus, memory and desire hovering around the edges.

Best Experimental
Experimental
United States
Runtime:
13 minutes
Director:
Andre Silva

What if we were the creator gods that a future cyber consciousness mythologized when imagining its origins? Or perhaps, we ourselves are blasting off into some currently unimaginable next phase of our evolution, one that transcends a purely physical existence.

Best Animation
Animation
Canada
Runtime:
5 minutes
Director:
Xstine Cook, Berlin Demuth, Maezy Dennie, Medina Dennie, Ocean Demuth, Sol Demuth, the Bum Family, Zaiyah Dennie

Lilly, a ten-foot tall orange monster, ventures into Wanda's Pet Shop in search of a friend. Lilly's escapades get her kicked out of the store but not before falling in love with a cute Fluffle. Lilly must undertake an epic journey to reunite with her true friend.

Created during a 48 hour animation challenge by The Bum Family, this group of cousins use cut outs and childrens logic to create an odd and hilarious story.

Experimental
United States
Runtime:
5 minutes
Director:
Scott Stafford

A man tests his mettle when he passes through a gauntlet of second-hand artwork.

Documentary Short
United States
Runtime:
55 minutes
Director:
Joshua Maxwell

From 1903 - 1955 The K.I.T. League or Kitty League brought professional baseball to Western Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. This minor league sent more players to the Majors than any other Class D league in history. Including Hall of Fame St. Louis Cardinals Albert Red Schoendienst and Edd Roush.

This documentary will take you on a journey through baseball history based in the midwest region of the United States. Stories about when the spitball was a real thing, umpires pulling guns on hecklers, how Branch Ricky visited the teams and his brother would sign the first African American to play in the league. The Kitty League: Hometown Heroes is packed with interviews from actual players, family members, venders, fans and historians to truly tell what baseball was like in the first half of the 1900s.

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