The White Room – Special Mention Award (United States)
“The White Room” provides a raw, real, untamed look into our inner psyche. Filmed from the viewer’s point of view, “The White Room,” puts you in the driver’s seat. Upon our birth our minds are like a blank canvas, an empty white room. We’re innocent and clean. As we mature and experience life. That room begins to become cluttered with stains, marks, and different voices. We derive our motivations, reasoning, and decision making from this place. The truth is, no one has a clean canvas and art gets ugly. Immerse yourself into the character’s mind to experience a chilling psychological thrill ride that’ll leave you questioning your own context on life. Those voices are real, that connection you feel isn’t coincidence. Everything, everything, everything leaves it’s mark as this film takes you to a mind-blowing climax that feels strangely personal. The real struggle is within.
All the King's Men- 1910 Cornhusker Football – Best Director Award (United States)
A National Champion Coach and a roster full of Nebraska kids take on a very different game of College football in Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. Cornhusker Head Coach William Cole had to find a way to win or face the wrath of the Students and the Fans. One thing he did know, they were going to have to fight to win the Missouri Valley Conference.
terroir – Best Women Filmmaker Award (United States)
The French word ‘terroir’ is used across many languages and cultures to describe the soil and climate factors that give wine its character. Metaphorically, we can look at our human upbringing and the resulting character of various world cultures as ‘terroir’. Factually, we all originate from women, but it is the rare culture that respects or honors this truth. Why do we pervert the vessel of life to its own self-denial?