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Congratulations to our 2017 Festival Winners

2017 Jury Awards

The Happys

John Serpe, Tom Gould

Best Narrative Feature

Bastards y Diablos

A.D. Freese

Jury Commendation
Narrative Feature Film

Real Boy

Shaleece Haas

Best Documentary Feature

Sea Gypsies: The Far Side of the World

Nicholas Edwards

Jury Commendation
Documentary Feature


Amy Nicholson

Best Documentary Short

Out There

Greg Cairns

Jury Commendation
Documentary Short

Eden Hostel (Hostal Eden)

Gonzaga Manso

Best Live Action Short

The Orchid (La Orquidea)

Ferran Navarro-Beltran

Jury Commendation
Live Action Short

Wave Arp

Andres Restrepo

Best Animated Short

2017 Audience Awards

Bastards y Diablos

A.D. Freese

Best Narrative Feature

My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

Gary Weimberg, Catherine Ryan

Best Documentary Feature

Killed in Action

Christine Weatherup

Best Short

Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things

Mark Kenneth Woods, Michael Yerxa

Best Native Cinema Film

Dodo’s Delight

Sean Villanueva O’Driscoll, Josh Lowell, Nick Rosen, Peter Mortimer

Best Adventure Film

The Sled

Olesya Shchukina

Best Family Film

The Present

Jacob Frey

Best School Film

2017 Special Guest

Jim Belushi

The first thing you need to know about Jim Belushi is that he’s a performer.  Not an actor, not a comedian, not a singer- but a performer.  Which is pretty much all those things put together and multiplied by two or five or something.

The second thing you need to know- and this is in some ways more important than the first thing- is that he has absolutely no shame.  None.  Zip.  Zero.

Add those two things together and you have a pretty good working definition of that most indescribable of qualities known as presence.  And, as anyone who’s spent two minutes with the guy knows, Jim’s got it.  Big time.

So here’s this guy, this presence, disregarding any and all warning signs and diving into life headfirst.  From the live stages of Second City and “Saturday Night Live” to the soundstages of “About Last Night,” “K-9,” “Mr. Destiny,” “Return to Me,” and, most recently, starring in ABC TV’s breakout comedy series since 2002, “According to Jim,” he has taken everything life’s thrown at him and hit it out of the park.  And, by the way, he’s been having a blast.

As our 2017 Special Guest, Jim will be appearing in concert at the Community Concert Hall on Saturday, March 4, 2017 with his band The Sacred Hearts. He will be interviewed by band mate, local John Rubano, following a special retrospective screening of his film About Last Night, also on Saturday, March 4th at the Animas City Theatre.