Congratulations to this year’s Best of Winners!

Best of the Fest & Best Fiction Short
dir. Konstantina Kotzamani  (Greece, 30 min)

The leopard shall lie down with the goat.
The wolves shall live with the lambs.
And the young boy will lead them.

12+1 kids and the carcass of a whale washed ashore.

The film is parable about the idea of a stranger coming into a small community.

Audience Award
The Good Fight
dir. Ben Holman (USA, 16 min)

Following a personal tragedy, Alan Duarte opens his own boxing gym to offer salvation and hope to others in the notorious gun violence- ridden favela in Rio de Janeiro where he was born and lives.

Heart of Gold Award – Excellence in Storytelling
Lives Well Lived
dir. Sky Bergman (USA, 72 min)

Lives Well Lived celebrates the incredible wit, wisdom and experiences of seniors aged 75 to 100 years old. Through their intimate memories and inspiring personal histories encompassing over 3000 years of experience, forty people share their secrets and insights to living a meaningful life.

Best Documentary Short
Edith & Eddie
dir. Laura Checkoway (USA, 29 min)

Edith and Eddie, ages 96 and 95, are America’s oldest interracial newlyweds. Their love story is disrupted by a family feud that threatens to tear the couple apart.

Best Animation Short
dir. Nico Bonomolo  (Italy, 11 min)

The power of art redeems an artist from the confinement imposed by the fascist dictatorship of Italy.

Best Feature
dir. Christopher Valdes & Theodore Griswold (Honduras, 72 min)

When a song he writes angers a dangerous drug cartel, Manuel is forced to flee his home in Honduras to go to the United States. From a radio cabin in North Carolina, Manuel recounts his narrow escape from death and describes the challenges of assimilating into a new world as an undocumented immigrant.