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Congratulations to our 2018 Festival Winners

2018 Jury Awards

Butterfly Caught

Manny Rodriguez, Jr.

Best Narrative Feature


Henry Barrial

Jury Commendation:
Narrative Feature

Skid Row Marathon

Mark Hayes

Best Documentary Feature

Fix and Release

Scott Dobson

Best Documentary Short

Night Call

Amanda Renee Knox

Best Live Action Short

Watu Wote: All of Us

Katja Benrath

Jury Commendation:
Live Action Short

2018 Audience Awards


Patrick Smith

Best Animated Short

Butterfly Caught

Manny Rodriguez, Jr.

Best Narrative Feature

Bears of Durango

Dusty Hulet

Best Documentary

Watu Wote: All of Us

Katja Benrath

Best Short

Altai Frontier

Vivienne Smith

Best Adventure Film

18 Frames

Aiden Hurley

Best Family Film

United by Water

Derrick LaMere

Best Native Cinema Film

Light Sight

Seyed M. Tabatabaei

Best School Film

2018 Special Guest

Mackenzie Astin

Mackenzie Astin has been appearing in television and film for more than 30 years. Remembered on occasion for a childhood role in the long-running sitcom The Facts of Life, he also lays claim to being what he calls, “A relative celebrity, meaning many of my relatives are celebrities.” The youngest son of actors John Astin and the late Patty Duke, and the younger brother of actor Sean Astin, Mackenzie considers himself grateful to have been afforded so many coat-tails on which to ride. Recent television credits include recurring roles on The Magicians, Scandal, Homeland, as well as guest appearances on Mad Men, Shameless, Castle, and Bones. A longtime proponent of and participant in independent film, Mackenzie has appeared in dozens of festival-circuit cinema, including but not limited to Dream for an Insomniac, The Zeros, Moments of Clarity, and Te Ata. Mackenzie is also an old friend of Durango’s own Shane “Shooter” Nelson, but really, really, hopes you won’t hold that against him.