2016 Award Winners

We’re thrilled to announce the winners from our festival which took place last weekend in Rochester, MN! Ballots from audiences and judges have been tallied, and new laurel graphics have been designed. It was an exciting competition due to the high caliber of submissions we received. We look forward to our next festival with even higher expectations!

Stuck in Mute

The Man Crush

Happy Hunting

Drive By

A Splendid Affair


Drawn to Fear

Jewish Blind Date


Hooverphonic – Badaboum

I’m Not a Band – Easy

2016 Festival Wrap-Up

Attendance at last weekend’s festival was twice what it was last year, and with good reason. By the end of the day we’d screened 40 films and heard from over a dozen filmmakers and actors. Programming changes were made based on the feedback we got after our first year. We put more of a focus on local films, we had three times as many Q&A sessions with filmmakers after their screenings, and we spread the Q&A sessions evenly through the day. We also enhanced the red carpet experience.

When asked what her favorite part of the festival was, one attendee answered, “I liked how throughout the night the atmosphere of the festival changed…by the end it kind of felt like you were just a hanging out with your friends or family.” Another attendee explained how hearing from the filmmakers gave her a completely new appreciation for the films she saw.

The ballots are still being tallied, so awards will be announced tomorrow.

Music Video for “A Little Note” by Laura Baron

A woman escaping an abusive relationship.

Michael O. Snyder is a filmmaker and photographer whose work focuses on the intersections of social justice and Environmental Sustainability. His work has been featured in numerous film festivals, on television, in galleries, and magazines and he is the winner of several awards.

Laura Baron is considered one of the premiere singer songwriters in the DC area. Her composition, A Little Note was awarded Song of The Year by the Washington Area Music Awards. Now a music video, A Little Note tells the moving story of a woman escaping from an abusive relationship.

Official Selection: Lucked Out

Lucked Out follows a man who gets locked out of a house and the unfortunate series of events that follow.

Rob J. Gooding is a commercial director, cinematographer, and editor from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He’s worked with clients such as Facebook, The National Football League, and Fox Sports. His most recent stint was working as a camera operator for comedian Hannibal Buress’ Netflix special.

Official Selection: A Splendid Affair

Roger Martin is a private investigator who is completely broke. A woman asks him to investigate her husband, whom she suspects is having an affair.

This film was directed by Laurent Ardoint and Stéphane Duprat, who met in film school in Paris.

Official Selection: Jewish Blind Date

Unhappy in love, Mary Lou decides to reconnect with her religious roots by marrying a practicing Jew. In order to get married, she has to pass the Shidduch test, which will determine whether her life will be a success or failure.

This film was directed by Anaëlle Morf of Lausanne, Switzerland.