Awards of Merit May 2019

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

Aaron Bierman (USA), Burning Bright, Animation
Cao Yiwen  (China), Chubby Café, Asian, Film Feature (Student)
Chia-Hsin Lee (USA), In an Empty Wood, Experimental (Student)
Chris Cardillo (USA), Worthless, Special Purpose Productions
Christine Axworthy (USA), Monarcade, Animation (Student)
David Hartstone (USA), ENLIGHTENMENT NOW!, Film Short
Dean McCrea (USA), Henry’s Hair, Documentary Short
Diana Dai (Canada), My Farmland, Documentary Feature, Direction
Eve Ash (Australia), Man on the Bus, Viewer Impact: Entertainment Value, History / Biographical, On-Camera Talent (Eve Ash), Sound Editing / Mixing
Jazz Thornton (New Zealand), Jessica’s Tree, Special Purpose Productions, Web Series
Jim Huggins (USA), Forgotten Heroes – The Robert Hartsock Story, Research
Kareem Atallah (Germany), Chaim, Documentary Short
Pru Colville and Jon Matthews (Australia), Lost and Found, Documentary Short
Simon Cox (United Kingdom), Kaleidoscope Man, Film Feature
Snigdha Kapoor and Leah Khambata (USA), (t)here, Film Short
Sravan Gajabhinkar (India), 1947 Two Soldiers, Asian, Film Short
Tammy Klembith (USA), HOUSE OF REDEMPTION – HEAR ME, Web Series, Cinematography, Direction, Script / Writer, Viewer Impact: Content / Message Delivery
Ty Trullinger (USA), Road Kill, Film Short
Virgil Widrich (Austria), Light Matter, Experimental (Student)
Yana Sar (USA), Yellow Arrows, Film Short
Zhe Zhang (China), Lies, Oblivion, Veracity, Evocation, Asian (Student)

Indie Film Festival winner

Amanda Schenkman (USA), Believe: The Story of The Gofarr Fund, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
Amanda Tenney and Essi Virtanen (USA), Delicious Poison, Women Filmmakers
Andrea Tomasetto (Italy), Flying High – Voliamo Alto, Disability Issues, Documentary Feature
Anthony Patellis (USA), Hooked, Web Series
Ayelen Liberona and Joseph Johnson Camí (Canada), At Heart, Citizens of The Esplanade, Documentary Short
Bill Bentley (USA), Sunblock, Documentary Short
Bingzhang Mao (USA), Face, Film Short
Caleb Vinson (China), Who Am I, Documentary Feature
Chris Gentile (USA), Self Discovery for Social Survival, Nature / Environment / Wildlife
Denise Hurley (Australia), Bet the Demon Wins, Actress: Leading (Karlisha Hurley as Meg)
Diane Burroughs (USA), This Is What Democracy Looks Like, Documentary Short, Women Filmmakers
Elizabeth Burch-Hudson (USA), A Service to My Gender, Women Filmmakers (Student)
Emineh de Lourdes (Puerto Rico), Sacred Family, LGBT
Eric Smith-Gunn (USA), Hijab, Television – Pilot Program
Eva Lewis (USA), Undeterred, Documentary Feature
Eve Ash (Australia), Man on the Bus, Original Score (Man on The Bus by Cezary Skubiszewski)
Ewan Gotfryd (USA), Mother, Experimental

Faranak Moradi (Iran), M LIKE MOBIUS, Women Filmmakers
Frank Kilpatrick, Paul Emami, Mark Goulston, Kevin Hines, Rayko (USA), Stay Alive Video, Documentary Feature
Fritz Frauendorf (USA), Take Me Out, Actor: Leading (Student) (Brian Collins as Bruce), Film Short (Student)
Gracielo Le Due (Argentina), AROUND, Latin / Hispanic
Jane Tse (USA), A Story, Film Short (Student)
Jennifer Treur (Australia), ELENA’S WAR DANCE, Women Filmmakers
Jiayi Li (USA), My Declaration, Film Short
Jim Huggins (USA), Forgotten Heroes – The Robert Hartsock Story, Dramatic Impact, Viewer Impact: Content / Message Delivery and Movie Trailer
Joel Cocciolone and Rich Gilliam (USA), HARBINGER, Film Short
John Lindquist (Sweden), #Actor, Actress: Leading (Inés Cherif as Jasmine)
Jon D Cohen (Australia), Love, Charlie, Film Short
Kain Baigent (Australia), Ghosts That Cry in the Dark, Actor: Leading (Kain Baigent as Armand Bouton)
Kagho Idhebor (Nigeria), DARK ROOM, Film Short
Kyle Solomon (USA), THE VOICEMAIL, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest
Lafi Abood (United Arab Emirates), The state of us, Experimental
Lareina Joelle (USA), Soiled, Asian
Mackenzie McElligott (Canada), Peter The Lion, Film Short (Student)
Marcia Kimpton (USA), BARDO BLUES, Actor: Leading (Stephen McClintic as Jack)
Marissa High (USA), Safe, African American
Mathias Meier (Chile), Volver, Disability Issues
Max Rogoff (USA), Head Above Water, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger
May Grehan (Australia), Zombie Bro, Children / Family Programming

Michał Czyż (Poland), ODDS AND EVENS, Music Video
Nicholas Pletcher and Angelo Guevara-Malavé (USA), Pizza Girl, Film Short (Student)
Nick Powers-Gomez (USA), The Crossing Shore, Film Short
Oliver Sean (United Kingdom), Doing That (Time. Love. Happiness), Music Video
Robyn Killian (USA), AWAKENING, Experimental (Student)
Robyn Killian (USA), DUALITY, Women Filmmakers (Student)
Roger Sherman (USA), The Second Life of Jamie P, LGBT
Ron Foley Macdonald (Canada), Shadow In The Mirror, Film Feature
Sarah Goras Peterson (USA), I See The Roses, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest, Public Service Programming / PSA
Scott Lewis (Australia), The Case of the Shanghaied Songbird, Film Short
Snigdha Kapoor and Leah Khambata (USA), (t)here, Actress: Leading (Leah Khambata as Rhea)
Soumik Sen (India), Mahalaya, Asian, Film Feature, Actor: Leading (Subhasish Mukherjee as Birendra Krishna Bhadra)
Sravan Gajabhinkar (India), 1947 Two Soldiers, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest, Experimental, History / Biographical, Script / Writer, Editing
Takuya Miyahara (Japan), nameless, Asian
Ty Trullinger (USA), Road Kill, Actress: Leading (Kira Cahill as Charlotte), Actress: Supporting (Megan James as Madison)
Walter Uliano Pistelli (Italy), Che Guevara in the 21st century, Documentary Feature
Walter Ungerer (USA), GRATITUDE, Experimental

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