Award of Merit August 2021

Indie Film Festival
The judges wish to recognize the Award of Merit winners for notable
artistic or technical aspects of their project in the categories entered.

IndieFEST Award of Merit

Andrew Abbiw (United Kingdom), The Awakening, Original Score (The Awakening composed by Andrew Abbiw)
Angelina McCahey (USA), Trump America, a Ni, Documentary Feature
Benjamin Bryant (USA), Station to Station, Actor: Leading (David Eggers as Tom)
Bijan Daneshmand (United Kingdom), The Bahramis, Ensemble Cast (Bijan Daneshmand, Tahmoures Tehrani, Marjaneh Sabouri, Hossein Amirsadeghi, Mehdi Abbaspour, Rouzbeh Akhbari, Neda Kalali, Masoud Zianour, Payam Alijani, Foad Alijani, Shahrzad Sayyah, Afsaneh Karim, Cyrus Massoudi)
Brooke Tomlinson (Australia), Intuition, Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Deepti Pillay Sivan (India), DECODING SHANKAR, Documentary Short
Evangeline M. Mitchell (USA), Becoming Black Lawyers, African American
Fella Cederbaum (USA), WHO? CARES, Creativity / Originality
Griffin Loch (USA), A Spark in Nothing, Direction (Student)
Gwenfair Griffith (USA), Covid, y Jab a Ni, Documentary Feature
Jan Miller Corran (USA), Along Came Wanda, LGBT, Women Filmmakers
Jeff Schubert and Peter Paul Basler (USA), The Pragmatist, Film Short, Actor: Leading (Jack Maxwell as David Firrine)
John Jota Leaños and Sean Levon Nash (USA), L’Hesitance, Experimental
Keith Randal Duncan (USA), The Deepest Dark, Film Short
Lorena Jorge, Hidden Root Productions (USA), Black is the New Brown, Latin / Hispanic
Mark Kessell and Ruth Lingford (USA), The Girl In Question, Animation, Dramatic Impact
Marlin Darrah (USA), Amazon Queen, Direction, Film Feature
Rane Jameson (USA), Stud, Script / Writer (Rane Jameson)
Sean Gregory Tansey (Greece), The Pathos of Hamlet, Actor: Leading (Sean Gregory Tansey as Hamlet)
Susie Agoston (Australia), ONELAND DHARRMBUNGI MARRANGIGI, Native American / Aboriginal Peoples
Vineet Sharma (India), GAJRA, Film Short, Direction

Indie Film Festival winner

Alexei Chernenkoff (Canada), a stormy² day in July, Nature / Environment / Wildlife
Alfredo Ramos (USA), Welcome To Our World, Film Feature, Latin / Hispanic
Amin Behravan and Mohammad Javad Balali (Turkey), Awakening, Film Short
Andrew Abbiw (United Kingdom), The Awakening, Film Short
Baris Celiloglu and Lockedown Locked In ensemble of artists (United Kingdom), Lockedown Locked In, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest
Benjamin Bryant (USA), Station to Station, Actor: Supporting (Andrew Cawley as Casey), Asian, Original Score (Composed by Francis McGrath), Actor: Supporting (Jordan Getty as Jordan), Script / Writer (Benjamin Bryant)
Bérénice Achille (USA), Promise Me, Actor: Leading (Jamie Dufault as David), Actress: Leading (Bérénice Achille as Mara)
Brendan Daugherty (USA), Call Center, Web Series
Carlos Daniel Flores (USA), Goslings, Original Score (Goslings composed by Carlos Daniel Flores)
Carolina Cordero (USA), We Hear You | Now Hear Us, Disability Issues
Christopher A. Schultz (USA), Solitaire, Children / Family Programming, Film Short, Viewer Impact: Motivational / Inspirational
Cody Millett (USA), Big Mug, Animation (Student)
Dan Rippl (USA), Sun, Soil & Water, Documentary Feature, Viewer Impact: Motivational / Inspirational
Darío Higuera Meza and Trudi Angell (Mexico), La Recua – The Mule Pack Train, Documentary Feature, Latin / Hispanic
David Debris (Germany), Ecce Homo, Christian
David Sabbath (USA), Generation Hops Episode One, Direction, Webisode, Editing

DaVinChe (United Kingdom), B4U, Music Video
Dylan Mohan Gray (India), From Durban to Tomorrow, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest
Eric DePriester (USA), Treason, Film Feature
Eryc Taylor (USA), Uncharted Territory: Dancers in Isolation, LGBT
Ewa Bielska (USA), Her Call, Actress: Leading (Ewa Bielska as Mala), Direction, Film Short, Women Filmmakers
Fabio Grossi (Italy), Solitude, Experimental, LGBT
Fella Cederbaum (USA), A Test, Film Short
Fella Cederbaum (USA), WHO? CARES, Music Video
Fella Cederbaum (USA), Will You Hold Me, Script / Writer
Filiz Efe McKinney (USA), Reflecting on Anti-bias Education in Action: The Early Years, Educational / Instructional / Training, Use of Film / Video for Social Change
Griffin Lapham, LaGuardia High School (USA), Life, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger, Creativity / Originality (Student)
Hiroki Kataoka (Japan), West End Girls, Film Short
Isaac Te Reina (New Zealand), Whiti, Disability Issues
Jacob Hotaling (USA), Dragonfly Boy, Actor: Leading (Ethan Rhoad as Graham) (Student), Film Feature (Student), LGBT (Student)
Jenny Ledikwe and Isaac Leano Marumo (Botswana), Dithunya tsa Rona (Our Flowers), Special Purpose Productions, Use of Film / Video for Social Change

Joe Chilcott (USA), ELEVATOR, Music Video
Krista Imbesi (USA), Our Feet Are Rooted, Documentary Short, Use of Film / Video for Social Change
Levi W. Catoe Jr., Kathel (USA), Friends, Music Video
Lisa Janae (USA), Common Characters, Documentary Short
Luke McCain and Ryan Knight (USA), The Ballerina, Documentary Short
Marquita Owens Robinson (USA), The Prayer Warrior, Christian
Marya Mazor (USA), Sophie in Hollywood, Web Series, Asian
Mathias Max Herrmann (Germany), THE SYSTEM IS YOU, Film Short, Concept
Megan Daniels (USA), Proper Pronouns, LGBT
Melissa Farris (USA), LONELY VOICES Grandparents Coping with COVID, Documentary Short, Direction
Niels Frandsen (Denmark), THE ECHO OF THE EPIDEMIC, Documentary Feature
Patrycja Micek (United Kingdom), Human Being, Animation (Student)
Ray Spivey  (USA), The Pro Bono Watchman, Film Feature
Robert Cook (USA), My Whole Heart Is Blue, Music Video
Robert DeSanti (USA), The Epilogue of Gregory Archambault, Actor: Leading (Robert DeSanti as Gregory Archambault), Cinematography (Geoff Ryan)

Robyn Stalson and Lucien Kevin Johns, Rox Dare and Nick Wilson (USA/South Africa), Adventures of Zizwe, Webisode, Use of Film / Video for Social Change
Ron Cooper (USA), Knights of Early Los Angeles, Movie Trailer
Rui Ma (USA), Rewound Memory, Animation
Ruth Beni and Daniel Greaves (United Kingdom), All Of Our Shadows, Animation, Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising
Ryan Osmond (Australia), The Ghoul, Direction, Cinematography
Sally Connors (USA), Martha, Actress: Leading (Sally Connors as Martha)
Sara Lattis (USA), Beats, Film Short (Student)
Steve Becker (USA), Lower East Asides, Television – Pilot Program
Susie Agoston (Australia), ONELAND DHARRMBUNGI MARRANGIGI, Documentary Short, Women Filmmakers
Tim Plowden (Singapore), The Circle of Life, Nature / Environment / Wildlife
Tom Chiappetta (USA), Far From Home: The Steve Dalkowski Story, Documentary Short
Tony Murnahan (USA), The Mood Kings – Dust and Bone, Music Video, Original Song (Dust and Bone composed by Herman Ospina, Joey Townsend and Mark Schwarze)
Tracey Cochrane (Canada), dead.boy., Documentary Short
Vadim Lasca (USA), The Stranglers – And if you should see Dave…, Music Video
Vic Compher (USA), Angels and Saints – Eros and Awe, Documentary Feature
Weijia Hou (United Kingdom), If Only, Animation (Student), Women Filmmakers (Student)
Yousef Alari (Jordan), Isha Prayer, Film Short
Yuki Wu (USA), Little Bell, Animation (Student)
Zubair Pradhan (India), The World’s Greatest Home, Animation (Student), Sound: Overall Impact (Student)

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