Congratulations to our 2016 Festival Award Winners!

We screened 75 astounding and memorable films in 2016. Below is a list of the films that not only captivated the festival team, but our audience as well.

Audience Award: Janey Makes a Play, Director Jared Callahan

Best Experimental Feature: The Open, Director Marc Lahore

Best Narrative Feature: West of Her, Director Ethan Warren

Best Student-Produced Work: Out of Sight, Filmmakers: Michael Anderson, Rose Chang, Jonny Clugston, Tim Dutton, Melissa Frederickson, Spencer Jay, Olivia Johansen, Diana Joves, Steve Mendoza, Ben Olivas, Regina Ortanez, Jared Pockalny, Yarely Ramirez, Zackery Ramos-Taylor, Meadow Rhodes, Graham Smith, Nicole Stachniuk, Kevin Ulibarri, Sophia Wang

EarthVision Environmental Short Award: Butterfly Town, USA, Director Dorothy Fadiman


Evan Kuhn Youth Film Award: Producing Hope, Director Morgan Shirk

Best Animated Work: Hansel + Gretel, Director Soyeon Kim

Best Experimental Short: Simon, Director Camille de Galbert

Best Narrative Short: Silver Dogs, Director Erin Drake-Prior

Director’s Award for Artistic Merit: Mele Murals, Director Tadashi Nakamura


Spirit of Action Prize (Feature): UnSlut: A Documentary Film, Director Emily Lindin

Best Documentary Feature: In Pursuit of Silence, Director Patrick Shen

Best Locally-Produced Work: Pussywillow Dirtbags, Director Pedro Delbrey

Best Short Documentary: Adi | At The Confluence, Director Joor Baruah

EarthVision Environmental Feature Award: The Anthropologist, Directors Daniel A. Miller, Seth Kramer, Jeremy Newberger


Spirit of Action Prize (Short): Freedom Sleepers, Director Israel Dawson