This weekend, theaters were abuzz with the offerings of the 11th BendFilm Festival. The popcorn was buttery, the films were abundant (93 in total) and the winners were top notch.
Here is more information about the festival and the winners via BendFilm:
The Documentary, Alpsummer, swept the festival, capturing numerous awards, including the Brooks Resources “Best of Show,” Best Director and Best Documentary. The Young Kieslowski won the Katie Merritt Audience Award.
“I could not be more pleased with how the festival – my first BendFilm – has unfolded this year,” said Festival Director Todd Looby. “I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for the community support, the volunteers, the filmmakers who submitted films, those who came into town for the festival, and everyone who had a hand in making this year’s festival a success.”
Jurors included Bedonna Smith, a producer with Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C); Bend Kasulke, a Seattle-based award-winning Director and Director of Photography; Erik Henriksen, a senior editor at the Portland Mercury; Mel Eslyn, an independent film producer, including the film The One I Love; Mark Gustafson, Supervising Director of the two-time Emmy award-winning series The PJs; and Hebe Tabachnik, the feature film Ibero-American Programmer for the Palm Springs and Los Angeles Film Festivals and the Short Film Programmer for the Los Angeles Film Festival.
AND...a full list of winners.
Best of Show ($5,000 & BendFilm Award Sculpture sponsored by Brooks Resources Corporation, founding sponsor of BendFilm for the past 11 years)
Best Director ($500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture sponsored by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film: The brainchild of Pamela Hulse Andrews, bringing together this group of over 100 incredible women supporting BendFilm at a time we could use it most! Their contribution is funding cash prizes for filmmakers as well as the awesome BendFilm award statue, branding our festival for years to come.)
Best Narrative Feature (Camera Rental Package valued at $60,000 & BendFilm Award Sculpture sponsored by Panavision)
Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self
Best Documentary Feature ($500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture sponsored by Jan and Jody Ward)
Best Narrative Short ($500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture sponsored by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film)
The Bravest, The Boldest
Best Documentary Short ($500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture sponsored by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film)
Best Student Short ($500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture made possible since 2005 by Dan and Priscilla Wieden on behalf of Caldera Arts)
Best Animated Short ($500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture sponsored by Independent WOMEN for Independent Film)
The Missing Scarf
Best Cinematography (BendFilm Award Sculpture)
Lake Los Angeles
Best of the Northwest (BendFilm Award Sculpture)
Katie Merritt Audience Award ($500 and BendFilm Award Sculpture, ticket sales fund this award)
The Young Kieslowski
Special Jury Mention for Acting
James “Primo: Grant, in Five Star
Congratulations to all of the winners from the Source
! Read our interviews with many of the filmmakers here.