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Congratulations to our 2014 Festival Winners

2014 Jury Awards


Jason Chaet

Best Narrative Feature

One Small Hitch

John Burgess

Jury Commendation:
Narrative Feature

Rafea: Solar Mama

Mona Eldaief & Jehane Noujaim

Best Documentary Feature

Uranium Drive-in

Suzan Beraza

Jury Commendation:
Documentary Feature

The Apothecary

Helen Hood Scheer

Best Documentary Short

Can’t Stop the Water

Jason and Rebecca Ferris

Jury Commendation: Documentary Short

High and Hallowed: Everest 1963

David Morton, Jake Norton

Jury Commendation:
Adventure Sport

Spice Girl

Nick Rosen

Best Adventure Sport Film


Jeremy Hersh

Best Live Action Short

The Last Border

Daniel Butterworth

Jury Commendation:
Live Action Short

A Tangled Tale

Corrie Francis Parks

Best Animated Short


Jeff Call, Lauren Taylor, & Lauren Oppenlander

Jury Commendation:
Animated Short

2014 Audience Awards

One Small Hitch

John Burgess

Best Narrative Feature

Beautiful Faces

Russell Martin

Best Documentary

Spice Girl

Nick Rosen

Best Adventure Sports

Butterfly Dreams

Venkat Krishnan

Best Short Film (TIE)

The Boy and the Bus

Simon Pitts

Best Short Film (TIE)


Steven Paul Judd

Best Native American Film

The Numberlys

Moonbot Studios

Best School Film


Jeff Call, Lauren Taylor, & Lauren Oppenlander

Best Family Film

2014 Special Guests

Judge Reinhold

Judge Reinhold has been seen in over seventy-five motion picture and television roles and enjoys a 25-year relationship with an international audience of all ages. His many films include STRIPES, the multi-generational hit, FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH, RUTHLESS PEOPLE, and Disney’s hit Christmas franchise, THE SANTA CLAUSE 1,2,3. Paramount Pictures’ BEVERLY HILLS COP 1, 2, 3 have played continually internationally over the past 25 years, making Judge a familiar presence worldwide. His cumulative box office ranks him the 50th highest grossing actor of all time according to the-movie-times.com, and both FAST TIMES and BEVERLY HILLS COP were voted by the American Film Institute as two of the “Top 100 American Comedies.” He received an Emmy nomination for his performance as “The Close Talker” on Seinfeld and both his guest star appearance in Seinfeld and Arrested Development received two of the highest ratings on both series. Click here to see Judge’s interview with Matt Crossett of Inside Durango TV.

Wes Studi

From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype.

Drawing from his rich life experience, Wes moved audiences with unforgettable performances in “Dances with Wolves,” “The Last of the Mohicans,” “Geronimo: An American Legend,” and “Heat,” as well as James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Paul Weitz’s “Being Flynn.” Breaking new ground, he brought fully-developed Native American characters to the screen, and then took his craft a step further highlighting the success of Native Americans in non-traditional roles.

In 2013, he was inducted in to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Hall of Great Western Performers. Throughout his 30-year career he’s won numerous awards, including several First Americans in the Arts awards and the 2009 Santa Fe Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. Click here to watch Matt Crossett’s interview with Wes Studi during the 2014 Festival.