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And the 2018 winners are...


We are pleased to announce the WINNING FILMS for the 2018 DIY Film Festival. 



Please take a look at these titles as they represent the finest in Do It Yourself filmmaking.  


BEST FILM - BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE




"A FORCE IN NATURE – JOHANN EYFELLS" 

DIRECTED BY HAYDEN DE MAISONEUVE YATES

"Portrait of an Artist as an Older Man." Proof that the need to create strikes people anywhere on the planet.  Wonderful exploration of the famed Icelandic artist. 

"Jóhann Eyfells, a 93 year-old Icelandic sculptor living in Texas, reveals the forces that shaped his life from his early years in Iceland, the land of fire and ice, to his professional life as an artist and teacher in Florida. 
After the death of Kristin Eyfells, a sculptor, painter, and his wife of nearly 60 years, Johann moved from Florida to Texas. Despite the loss he still feels for Kristin and his physical age, Jóhann continues to create new massive and monumental works exploring our understanding of time and space while struggling to find recognition for both Kristin and himself in the artistic world.

Filmmaker with artist Eyfells in 2016



A Force in Nature: Jóhann Eyfells from Alien Spaceman on Vimeo.



BEST DIRECTOR - 
TAMIR RAWLINGS  

for "LITTLE STAR" 

DIRECTED BY TAMIR PETER RAWLINGS


Production Still from "Little Star"
An elegiac look at memory, and those who represent our deepest bonds on the planet. Terrific visuals give the audience a sense of nostalgia for an earlier time and relationships that are thicker than water.



"After picking up an unexpected passenger, Scott and his older brother Kirk travel along Montana's "Hi-Line." As the road trip hits one rough patch after another, Scott tries to remember the simpler times when they were close."




Still from "Little Star"


Little Star teaser (2017) from Tamir Rawlings on Vimeo.


BEST FEATURE COMEDY 

"SERIOUS LAUNDRY"



DIRECTED BY KEN WEBB


Director Ken Webb and his cast from Serious Laundry
A comedic look at murder and mayhem that begins in a casual conversation in a laundrymat. Darkly sly and entertaining trip into a murderous fantasy.
Director Ken Webb

"When a young man gets seduced into helping with the removal of a dead body, he must find out the truth behind the corpse before he loses his life or gains a fortune. It's a madcap comic heist film with a lot of heart."




BEST COMEDY SHORT

"HANDS FREE: “HOW MAY I HELP YOU?” 

DIRECTED BY AMY SCHLOERB


Comedienne Amy Schloerb
A comedic look at what everyone wonders is really going on with hands free questions. 

Actor/Director Amy Schloerb works in television (Black-ish, Criminal Minds, 1600 Penn), has an animated stand-up comedy web series and created a laugh out loud look at one woman's hands free encounter.  





BEST SHORT DRAMA

Don't Hide the Madness
"DON’T HIDE THE MADNESS"


Filmmaker Kimberley Rai

DIRECTED BY KIMBERLEY RAI

A young woman searches for a tool to express to her parents what it feels like to have bipolar. A documentary short from a talented South African artist who explores depression in this moving short film. 

Here's a sample of her earlier work "I am Princess Vlei" 

Here's a sample of her work:

"Dancing with Demons" a film by Kimberley Rai from Kimberley Rai on Vimeo.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

"KWANXWALA – THUNDER"  

DIRECTED BY SARAH SHAMASH


A unique look inside a native North American tribe of Alert Bay, Canada that struggles to retain it's identity in a challenging and changing landscape. 


Canadian Artist Filmmaker Sarah Shamash

Teaser: Kwanxwala - Thunder from Sarah Shamash on Vimeo.




BEST STUDENT FILM

"AFTER THE RAYNE

DIRECTED BY WASLY CASTILLO


Filmmaker Wasly Castillo
"After the Rayne" tells the story of a six-year-old girl, her emotionally distraught father, and a babysitter who wants to help them. When a mother passes away on vacation, the father tries to deal with his pain and still take care of his daughter. He turns to a college student for help. (Film school: St. John's, Queens, NY) 
Filmmaker Castillo and actress Dolce Demce


JURY AWARD


Still from Fixit Fables

DIRECTED BY OAN LINDBLAD

An entertaining cast of young kids, brings inventive life to this short story that is set in their imaginary world.  Reminiscent of Stranger Things, this unusual group of inventie children who are hired to "fix things" takes the viewer on a unique adventure.


BEST WORLD CINEMA


"VISMRIT: FORGOTTEN" – NEPAL - 

DIRECTED BY ANIMESH SAPKOTA
Filmmaker Sapkota

Shot in Nepal by first time Director Animesh Sapkota, this film is reminsicent of the visual imagery of Satijyat Ray, Fellini or Terrence Malick in its stark use of unusual faces, vistas with little or no dialog. The pacing lulls the viewer into a world where poetry of light and image become more important than what is said.






CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE 
DIY FILMMAKERS.

INTERVIEWS WITH THE WINNING FILMMAKERS WILL BE FEATURED IN A PANEL TO THE RIGHT OF THIS POST AS SOON AS WE CAN GATHER THEM.

THANK YOU ALL FOR SHARING YOUR FILM WITH US!!!

"When the cost of filmmaking is as much as a pencil and a piece of paper, only then we'll find true artists in cinema." Jean Cocteau