2015 Winners

Best of the Fest

Welcome
- Narrative Short
Ecuador
2014
28 minutes
Director(s): 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 to finally discover what's happening in the remote village of Ingatambo.

Best Narrative Feature

Reparation
- Narrative Feature
United States
2015
1 hour 44 minutes
Director(s): 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...

Best Narrative Short

Birthday
- Narrative Short
2015
13 minutes
Director(s): 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

Mirrors to Windows: The Artist as Woman
- Documentary Feature
United Kingdom
2015
1 hour 18 minutes
Director(s): 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...

Best Documentary Short

Breakfast at Ina's
- Documentary Short
2015
50 minutes
Director(s): 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...

Best Experimental

Daybreak
- Experimental
Canada
2013
7 minutes
Director(s): 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 upon us, memory and desire hovering around the edges.

Best Experimental

Cybergenesis
- Experimental
United States
2014
13 minutes
Director(s): 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

Lilly Gets a Pet
- Animation
Canada
2015
5 minutes
Director(s): 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 children’s logic to create an odd and hilarious story.