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Congratulations to our 2016 Festival Winners

2016 Jury Awards

Texas Heart

Mark David

Best Narrative Feature Film


Edd Benda

Jury Commendation:
Narrative Feature Film (TIE)


Benjamin Meyer

Jury Commendation:
Narrative Feature Film (TIE)

Since: The Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103

Phil Furey and Spencer Averick

Best Documentary Feature

Children of the Arctic

Nick Brandestini

Jury Commendation:
Documentary Feature

Dreaming Against the World

Tim Sternberg and Francisco Bello

Best Documentary Short

The Gnomist

Sharon Liese

Jury Commendation:
Documentary Short

Till Then (Bis Gleich)

Benjamin Wolff

Best Live Action Short – Drama

Ronnie BoDean

Steven Judd

Jury Commendation:
Live Action Short – Drama

Dad in Mum (Papa Dans Maman)

Fabrice Bracq

Best Live Action Short:

What’s Eating Dad

Michael Goldburg

Jury Commendation:
Live Action Short – Comedy


Marc Riba & Anna Solanas

Best Animated Short

The Story of Percival Pilts

Janette Goodey & John Lewis

Jury Commendation:
Animated Short

2016 Audience Awards

Texas Heart

Mark David

Best Narrative Feature

Revival: The Sam Bush Story

Wayne Franklin & Kris Wheeler

Best Documentary

Till Then (Bis Gleich

Benjamin Wolff

Best Short

Children of the Arctic

Nick Brandestini

Best Native Cinema Film

First Ascent – Kunyang Chhish East

Matteo Vettorel, Alessandro Bandinelli & Milena Holzknecht

Best Adventure Film

The Story of Percival Pilts

Janette Goodey & John Lewis

Best Family Film

The Little Bird and the Squirrel

Lena von Dohren

Best School Film

2016 Special Guest

Lindsay Wagner

Everyone remembers Lindsay Wagner for her iconic portrayal of Jaime Sommers in the classic television series The Bionic Woman that earned her an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic series. But that is only one part of her illustrious and important career. Spanning five decades, Lindsay’s career began in feature films with Robert Wise’s Two People where she played a high fashioned model opposite Peter Fonda and then the beautiful daughter of Oscar winning hard-edged law professor John Houseman in the critically acclaimed legal film The Paper Chase.

Lindsay won a permanent place in the hearts of  audiences all around the world and became one of the most popular actresses in international television and film. She has covered the landscape of television for decades.

Lindsay became known as the Queen of TV Movies, starring in over 40 films and tackling important subject matter including child molestation in Child’s Cry, Anti-Semitism in Evil In Clear River, domestic violence in Shattered Dreams, terrorism in The Taking of Flight 847, teen prostitution in Fighting for My Daughter, capital punishment in I Want to Live! and numerous other issues. At the same time, she still managed to partake in sensational ratings blockbuster miniseries like Scruples and To Be The Best among others. Lindsay’s feature film career found her starring opposite Anthony Quinn in High Risk, Sylvester Stallone in Nighthawks, Denzel Washington in Ricochet and Richard Harris in Martin’s Day among others.

Lindsay is also a published author, having co-authored “The High Road to Health”, a best-selling vegetarian lifestyle cookbook and “Lindsay Wagner’s New Beauty: The Acupressure Facelift.”

Off screen Lindsay is passionate about the awakening of human potential. The study and sharing of holistic healing modalities, integrating mind, body and soul, is at the forefront of her mind. She has been the honorary Chair of ICAN (Inter Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect) for the last twenty-five years. She is also heavily involved in causes that are close to her heart, including animal welfare, domestic violence, the environment and the advancement of human potential.

What started out as a simple birthday present to her sister by guest starring on The Six Million Dollar Man turned into a career full of challenges and triumphs catapulting her to become one of the most recognizable and respected stars in the world.