Best Feature Film

Wish Man

Genre: Drama

Director: Theo Davies

Runtime: 89min

The true story of FRANK SHANKWITZ, Arizona Motorcycle Cop and tells the story. of  his meeting a terminally ill boy which inspires him to  to transform his life. This ultimately leads to the founding of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
 Critics say Wish Man is: "heart wrenching”  “funny”, “courageous”  "death defying", and ”inspiring”.

Best Doc Short Film

Wish Man

Genre: Drama

Director: Theo Davies

Runtime: 89min

Bio:

The true story of FRANK SHANKWITZ, Arizona Motorcycle Cop and tells the story. of  his meeting a terminally ill boy which inspires him to  to transform his life. This ultimately leads to the founding of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
 Critics say Wish Man is: "heart wrenching”  “funny”, “courageous”  "death defying", and ”inspiring”.

Against the Wall

Genre: Documentary

Director: Kyle Saylors

Runtime: 39min

 

Bio: This is a true life, inspirational short documentary called, AGAINST THE WALL, about the life of Kevin Foster, who became the only person allowed by the Chinese government to ride a bicycle atop the length of the Great Wall, despite being told by doctors he would never walk or talk again after being electrocuted as a child.

Best Foreign Film

Kid Gloves

Genre: Romance, Drama

Director: Theresa Kowall Shipp

Runtime: 18min

Country: Canada

 

Bio: A lonely house cleaner develops an obsession collecting glove thumbs while a little girl goes missing.

Best Short Film

One Odd Night

Genre: Dark Comedy

Director: Derek Willis

Runtime: 16min

 

Bio: An uptight serial killer has everything go wrong as he attempts to dump his latest victim, encountering a budding sociopath passed out in the back of the car he just stole and she is eager to lend a hand.

Best Music Film

The Musicianer

Genre: Supernatural

Director: Beth Harrington

Runtime: 24min

 

Bio: Yodelin’ Vern Lockhart is a hillbilly singer with a problem. On the verge of stardom in the late 1920s, he inadvertently has become immortal, a situation he only dimly glimpses. But when he encounters Jo Cullen, a present-day musicologist who’s expert on Vern’s past, he begins to grasp the deal with the devil he’s made. An Americana music saga with a supernatural bent.

Best New Media

Wuchina Twin Time: Feat. Special Guest Greg Kinnear

Directors: Eyon and Ivan Wuchina

Runtime: 19:47

 

Bio: Our exclusive interview with Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear, one of our all time favorite actors!

He gets candid and goes deep as he discusses:

Brian Banks, portraying real life people, his Oscar nomination, Tom Shadyac, having his own action figure, Aldis Hodge, Mystery Men, his thoughts on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, The Last Song/Miley Cyrus, Anchorman 2, his favorite movie genres, Auto Focus, California Innocence Project, Little Miss Sunshine, Loser, his favorite actors, As Good As It Gets, his favorite roles, and much, much more!!!

Best Doc Feature

Bastards' Road

Genre: Documentary

Director: Brian Morrison

Runtime: 95min

With remarkable honesty, insight and humor, Marine veteran Jon Hancock's 6000 mile journey is uniquely positive. It’s about changing the ways one relates to traumatic memories.

Best Music Video

Angelina Tout

Genre: Music Video

Director: Sarah Mallabar

Runtime: 4min

Best Faith Based Feature

Reel Redemption

Genre: Documentary

Director: Tyler Smith

Runtime: 86min

 

Bio: A documentary film by movie critic Tyler Smith about the rise of Christian Cinema.

Best Faith Based Short Film

Why She Smiles

Genre: Documentary

Director: Caroline Sims

Runtime: 39min

 

Bio: Why She Smiles is the life and story of 34-year old Jamie Sorum and her fatal diagnosis of Huntington's Disease. "Why She Smiles" brings awareness to the necessity of a cure, and Jamie's unfathomable reality of facing each breath with hope, joy, and incredible bravery.

Best Social Messaging Film

Gabrielle

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Director: Nicola Rose

Runtime: 13min

 

Bio: When 13-year-old Gabrielle signs up for ballet, she encounters bullying from her teacher — and true friendship where she least expects it.

Audience Favorite

The Prison Within

Genre: Documentary

Director: Katherin Hervey

Runtime: 86min

 

Bio: THE PRISON WITHIN is a relevant and timely documentary exploring the destructive impact of untreated trauma on individuals and communities through the powerful stories of survivors of violent crimes and prisoners incarcerated for murder in circle inside San Quentin prison.

Best Tennessee Film

The Price of Legacy: Wrestling with a Dynasty

Genre: Documentary

Director: Sergio Valenzuela

Runtime: 82min

 

Perry, OK is home to a century-old high school wrestling dynasty and the most prolific winning streak in all of sports. But, most don’t know about it. 

During the 2016-17 season, the streak was in jeopardy. Decades of sacrifice and tradition were on the line.  These teenage kids aren’t just wrestling against an opponent, they are wrestling against the burden of history.

Would this team succumb to pressure or carry on the legacy?

 

Narrated by Trace Adkins. 

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