2017

Best of Fest
Narrative Short
Iran
Runtime:
13 minutes
Director:
Milad Jarmooz

The story of a woman accused of infidelity on the day after her wedding.

Special Jury Award
Experimental
United States
Runtime:
7 minutes
Director:
Kristin Reeves

The Chicago Board of Education made history in 2013 approving the closure of 50 schools, the largest public school closing to date in the United States. I shot all 50 schools on a 100 roll of 16mm film while my DSLR caught vignettes of their communities. Direct laser animation and bleach were used to distress the 16mm film, which was then optically printed.

Special Jury Award
Documentary Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
13 minutes
Director:
Gayle Nosal, Beret E. Strong

The refugee crisis in Ugandas Kyangwali Refugee Settlement isnt new. For the people of this camp, being a refugee is a protracted circumstance endured for decades. SAUTI (Voice in Swahili) follows the efforts of five young women who were brought to the Settlement as children and who, as they approach adulthood; strive to pursue their dreams for a future beyond the constraints of a protracted refugee situation in an underdeveloped host country. Though safer than they were before, little else has changed since fleeing war and persecution years ago in their home countries of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan. Transcending the label refugee has been especially challenging for the women of Kyangwali.

Special Jury Award
Documentary Feature
Mexico
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
36 minutes
Director:
Julio Carlos

THE GUY FROM OKLAHOMA narrates the story of Anado McLauchlin, a visual artist born in Oklahoma but whose chaotic life took him to San Francisco, New York and India before finally settling down in Mexico, where he has built an impressive art gallery in the middle of a desert village, on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato.

Special Jury Award
Narrative Feature
United States
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
23 minutes
Director:
Dean Peterson

A comedy about two estranged sisters who are thrust back into each other's lives by the impending death of their grandmother and forced to try to repair their feral relationship.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
10 minutes
Director:
Eric Shahinian

A devoted husband is forced to confront his doubts about remaining the caretaker of his wife suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Documentary Feature
Australia
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
20 minutes
Director:
Kim Beamish

In enviable weather, on the southeast coast of Australia, a punt glides over Merimbula Lake towards an oyster lease, with a passionate young oyster farmer Dom at the helm. Its a romantic picture of tranquil beauty and a life close to nature, attuned to the rhythm of the tides. But Dom and fellow locals swear the waters getting warmer and the storms more severe. The only oyster its legal for them to grow in the lake is the famous gourmets delight, the Sydney Rock Oyster. Taking three years to mature, its highly vulnerable to pollution and changes in water temperature and salinity. There are diseases too and the threat of competition from a much faster growing non-native species, the Pacific Oyster. OYSTER follows Dom and Pip into their home, their work-shed, out on their punt and into the water, to see what its like to be raising two energetic young boys, while youre working big hours to keep a few million oysters alive, and any decision you make to deal with the pressures of climate change, environmental damage and increasing disease could have far reaching consequences.

Narrative Feature
Canada
Runtime:
1 hour(s)
34 minutes
Director:
Ryan M. Andrews

After fame abandons him in an apathetic existence of misery and self-loathing, a writer's infatuation with his "muse" becomes a dangerous obsession.

Narrative Short
United States
Runtime:
12 minutes
Director:
Brad Riddell

A concert pianist (David Pasquesi) receives a startling omen as he struggles to recover from a traumatic brain injury.

Narrative Short
Australia
Runtime:
16 minutes
Director:
Elli Iliades

Iris lives on an isolated farm in northwest Tasmania where she and her sisters have few friends and minimal connection with the outside world. Iris often thinks about leaving but when she tells her father, Theodore, of her plans, he seems reluctant to let her go. He gives her a gift to take with her on her travels: a necklace that is an heirloom in his family. But Iris soon starts to realize that there is much more to this necklace than meets the eye. There is much more to Theodores gift.

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