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The IndieFEST Film Awards Announces Latest Winners!


The IndieFEST is proud to announce the latest winners. Congratulations to all the filmmakers who participated in the current season!The awards go to those filmmakers who produce fresh, standout entertainment and compelling documentaries. The IndieFEST is a top-tier international awards competition. It honors professionals, established and emerging, who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity. The goal of The IndieFEST is to help the winners of this coveted award achieve the recognition they deserve. Additionally, each year IndieFEST also bestows a special award to productions that make significant contributions to social change or a humanitarian effort. Please visit to learn more about the IndieFEST Humanitarian Award.

Best of Show

KROTOA - Roberta Durrant, Penguin Productions 

Roberta DurrantKrotoa, (South Africa) Film Feature – Krotoa is a drama inspired by historical fact about a feisty, bright, young 11 year old girl who is removed from her close-knit Khoi tribe to serve Jan van Riebeeck, her uncle’s trading partner from the original Dutch settlement on the Cape. She is brought into the first Fort established by the Dutch East India Company in 1652. There she grows into a visionary young woman who assimilates the Dutch language and culture so well that she rises to become an influential interpreter for van Riebeeck. As such Krotoa ends up being rejected by her own Khoi people and eventually destroyed by the Dutch when she tries to find the middle way between the two cultures. Torn between cultures and loyalties, this film explores her tumultuous life with beautiful cinematography, expert story-telling and both nuanced and powerful performances by the entire cast. From award winning team Roberta Durrant, Kay Ann Williams, Uwe Jansch at Penguin Films. (International Emmy-nominated Sokhulu and Partners, Home Affairs). Stars Crystal Donna-RobertsArmand Aucamp and Deon Lotz.

Award of Excellence Special Mention

Agustin Castaneda (USA/Mexico)Ruta Madre, Film Feature – A young broken hearted singer leaves California for an epic road trip through Baja to reconnect with his roots and find himself. Comic actor Paul Rodriguez (Quicksilver, Blood work), David Castro (Shadowhunters, Blue Bloods),  William Miller (Rottweiler) and Cermen Salinas (The Popcorn Chronicles).

Nancy Colleton, IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (USA)Nature for All, Nature/Environment/Wildlife – #NatureForAll is a global movement to inspire a new generation of thinkers and doers across all sectors of society to connect with nature and take action to support its conservation. This beautiful and moving short flows with the music and inspires the viewers with artful simplicity.

Bertram Verhaag (Germany)Code of Survival, Doc Feature – Three sustainable, achievable and trend setting agricultural projects in India, Egypt and Germany are highlighted as alternatives to the health and environmental destruction caused by pesticides used in the USA and elsewhere. With a personal and impactful narrative, tight editing and striking cinematography.

Fabien Colas (Luxembourg)Roxy, Film Short – Roxy is an aging prostitute, working in a lovemobile on the German-Luxembourgish border. After being rescued from a brutal rape, she meets Jeff, a young man, whose intentions seem unclear to her. With nuanced, authentic and touching performances by Milli Schlesser and Christiane Rausch.

Melinda Janko, Fire in the Belly Productions (USA)100 Years: One Woman’s Fight for Justice, Doc Feature – The David vs. Goliath story of a petite Native American woman who took on the United States Government and WON a $3.4 billion settlement for some of the poorest people in America. A shocking expose on the treatment of Native peoples in the USA.

David Naglieri (USA)The Face of Mercy, Doc Feature – Narrated by Jim Caviezel, The Face of Mercy explores the history and relevance of Divine Mercy in our turbulent times. Filmed in stunning 4K and seamlessly weaving together theology and history with modern testimonials and visual effects, this stirring film creates a remarkable tapestry of what constitutes the face of mercy in our modern world.

Ilana Trachtman & WHYY (USA)The Pursuit, Doc Feature – A thoughtful retrospective of the last 50 years is combined with an intimate look at the present and the fight for LGBT rights. Emmy award-winner Trachtman takes us on a journey that is poignant, tragic, and often fun and reminds us that while there have been momentous changes, the fight for rights continues.

Nicholas Kalikow (USA)Carter & June, Film Feature – Inventive blackmail schemes, flamboyant gangsters, power politics, greed, evangelicals and sex collide in this action packed dark comedy heist. Stars Michael Raymond-James (Once Upon a Time, Jack ReacherSamaire Armstrong (It’s a Boy Girl Thing, The Mentalist) and Timothy Omundson (Galavant, Supernatural).

Award of Excellence

Agustin Castaneda (USA)Ruta Madre, Latin / Hispanic

Daryn Wakasa (USA)Seppuku, Asian

David Ash (USA)Twin Cities, Film Feature, Actress Leading (Bethany Ford Binkley as Emily / Emma)

Debi Lang (USA)CORNERSTONE, Women Filmmakers

Dekel Aizen (Israel)The picture on the fridge, Film Short

Gary Null  (USA)Saving the Planet, One Bite At A Time, Documentary Feature, Nature / Environment / Wildlife

Jennifer Perrott (Australia)The Ravens, Women Filmmakers

Jonathan Hofmeyer (South Africa)Pop Lock ‘n Roll, Film Feature

Josh Tickell  and Rebecca Harrell Tickell (USA)Down To Earth, Documentary Short

Julio Vincent Gambuto (USA)The Julie Stories, Actor: Leading (Student) (Joseph Callari as Big Julie)

LaTeace Towns – Cuellar and Fred Cuellar (USA)Charlie’s Gift, Actress: Leading (Dee Wallace as Evelyn Benson ), Film Short, Women Filmmakers

Maria Teresa Larrain (Canada)Shadow Girl, Disability Issues

Mei-yi Cheng, Educational Television Unit, Education Bureau (Hong Kong)The Mid-Autumn Festival, Educational / Instructional / Training

Michael Fallavollita (USA)TALE of the KITE, Film Short, Direction, Sound Editing / Sound Mixing, Actor: Leading (John Schuck as Grandpa), Editing, Original Score

Michael Zapolin and Laurent Levy (USA)The Reality Of Truth, Documentary Feature

PCI Media Impact and Chocolate Moose Media (USA and Canada)Violence Against Children in Malawi, Animation, Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising

Philip Leung, Folkstar Productions (Canada)The Suitcase, Asian

Rich Jackson (USA)Stuck In Traffic, Modern-Day Slavery In Michigan, Documentary Short

Sampson Yuen, JK Holdings (Hong Kong / Canada)Million Loves in Me, Actress: Leading (Lo Koon Lan as Mami)

Sean Southey, PCI Media Inc (USA)This is Who We Are (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Music Video, Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising

Sophie Black (United Kingdom)Night Owls, Actor: Leading (Jonny McPherson as Kent), Film Short

Stephanie Jackson (USA)Does This Baby Make Me Look Fat – Season 3, Women Filmmaker, Actress Leading (Stephanie Jackson as Stephanie), Webisode / Web series, Humor / Humorist

Swati Srivastava (USA)Peace of Mind Guaranteed, Film Short

Trent McGee and Josh Berman (USA)Angels Of The Sky, Documentary Feature

Victoria Harwood Butler-Sloss (USA)A Flock of Birds, Film Short

Award of Merit Special Mention

Ashton Bracciodieta (USA)The Reacher, Film Short

Babis Galanakis (Greece)A Journey, Film Short

Chris Kousouros, What Took You So Long? (USA)Waynak: Where Are You?, Web Series

Coréon Dú (Angola)Bangaologia – The science of style, Documentary Feature

David Tyson Lam (USA)Viral Beauty, Film Feature

Gary Null (USA)Plant Codes, Unleashing Nature’s Healing Power, Documentary Feature

James L. Perry (USA)The Cursed Man, Actor: Leading (Brahm Gallagher as Alister Kunkle)

Justin Ward, Brad Wilson, Casey Bond, Higher Purpose Entertainment, (USA)The Meanest Man In Texas, Actor: Leading (Mateus Ward as Clyde Thompson), Actress: Leading (Alexandra Bard as Julia Perryman), Film Feature, Actor: Supporting (Anthony Guerino as Barney)

Max Bartoli  (USA)The Secret of Joy, Special Purpose Productions

Michael Hilf (USA)The Candidate, Film Short

Mischa Marcus and Stephanie Bell (USA)I Am Still Here, Women Filmmakers

Rob Zazzali (USA)Right Hand Man, Actor: Leading (Rob Zazzali as Danny), Web Series

Ronald Marquisee (USA)The Play Within Documentary, Documentary Feature

Ryan Boyko (Canada)The Camps, Web Series

Sampson Yuen, JK Holdings (Hong Kong/ Canada)Million Loves in Me, Actor: Leading (John Y as Katy), Direction, Sound: Overall Impact

Sandra Luckow (USA)That Way Madness Lies…, Documentary Feature

Sherry Malone (USA)What’s My Price?, Original Song (A League of Your Own composed by Gary Lynn Floyd)

Steven Molony (USA)Oxenfree, Actor: Leading (Steven Molony as Aaron), Direction, Film, Script / Writer, Actor: Supporting (Paul Vonasek as Roy)

Swati Srivastava (USA)Remember When, Film Short

Award of Merit

Adolfo Doring (USA)ROSE & ROY, Documentary Feature

Alberto Martín-Aragón (Spain)Interference, Experimental

Alejandro Figarella Osorio (USA)Hidden Memory, Film Short (Student)

Andrei Stefan Rautu (Romania)Perseids, Actress: Leading (Olimpia Melinte as Ioana)

Ben Reicher (USA)Valor Cat: First Scratch, Animation

Betsy L Ross (USA)Looking for David, Women Filmmakers

Brian Barsuglia (USA)The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Actor: Leading (Gianni Capaldi as Mr. Hyde), Film Feature, Actor: Supporting (Jed Rowen as Dr. Lanyon)

Campbell Dalglish (USA)Road Kill, Film Short

Daniel Hayes (USA)The Honey Badger, Documentary Short, Sports, Fitness / Nutrition

Danielle Kronenberg and Jay Palmieri Jr. (USA)Taste, LGBT

Darnell Lamont Walker (USA)Outside The House, African American

Dave Rodkey (USA)The Race, Film Feature

David Swift, Scott Owen and Mike Cooley (USA)MINE IS THE SUNLIGHT: Refugee Youth in Germany, Documentary Short

Dieter Grohmann (Belgium)The girl with the flute (Das Mädchen mit der Querflöte), Film Short and  follow me, Experimental

Dylan Brody and Brent Carpenter (USA)Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood, Arts / Cultural / Performance / Plays, Humor / Humorist, Script / Writer

Edgar Baghdasaryan (Armenia)The Simon’s way, Film Short

Emma Barrett (USA)Take the Reins, Film Short

Freddy Rodriguez (USA)You’ll Never Know, Music Video

Greg Leslie (USA)The Mender, Documentary Short

Ian Hendry (United Kingdom)The Last Equinox, Film Short

Jack Nordstrom (USA)Puget Sound, Young Filmmaker – 17 and younger

James L. Perry (USA)The Cursed Man, Actress: Leading (Brinna Locke as Dr. Anna Lee), Film Feature, Actress: Supporting (Ruth Connell as Bonnie)

Jamie Rea (Canada)A Letter To Those Who Have Given Up On Love (A Love Letter To Love), Script / Writer

JD Cohen (Australia)Ravenswood, Actress: Leading (Madeline Marie Dona as Sofia), Film Feature

Jenness Rouse (USA)Becca on Call, Television – Pilot Program, Webisode, Women Filmmakers

Jo Meuris (USA)Marydean Martin Library and Why Use Animation?, Educational / Instructional / Training

Joel Souza (USA)Veracruz, Film Feature

Justin Ward, Brad Wilson, Casey Bond, Higher Purpose Entertainment, (USA)The Meanest Man In Texas, Christian

Kantarama Gahigiri (Switzerland)Lost Angel Less, Music Video

Kent Williamson, Paladin Pictures (USA)By War & By God, Documentary Short

Kerry Mondragon, UNINFLECTED PICTURES (USA)Meet Me At A Funeral, Film Short

Lauren Hoekstra (USA)Kiss ‘N’ Fly, Women Filmmakers (Student)

Lawrence Bucher and Kiyano La’Vin (USA)Under The Radar, Actor: Leading (Kiyano La’Vin as Miles Bentley)

Louie Rosa Alicea (USA)A Beautiful Trip, Children / Family Programming (Student)

Maia Porter, NatuReal Balance MK & Dr. Khalid White, Blkmpwr, LLC (USA)Black Fatherhood: Trials & Tribulations, Testimony & Triumph, African American

Maritza Brikisak (USA)The Lurking Man – FEATURE, Actor: Leading (Daniel Lench as Sariel), Actor: Supporting (Frank Krueger as Wilson)

Max Bartoli  (USA)The Secret of Joy, Film Short

Michael Fallavollita (USA)TALE of the KITE, Actor: Leading (Kevin DeSimone as Kevin)

Michael Hilf (USA)A Game of Chicken, Film Short

Michael Satzinger (Austria)MUXE, LGBT

Myra Rivera, Brightside Productions (USA)Anomie, Television – Pilot Program (Student)

Ned Farr (USA)THE DIRNDL, Film Short

Norman Greg McGuire (USA)The Lucky Man, Film Feature

Robert Shannon (United Kingdom)The Information, Film Short

Roberta Staley (Canada)Mightier Than the Sword, Documentary Short

Sampson Yuen, JK Holdings (Hong Kong/ Canada)Million Loves in Me, Film Feature, Viewer Impact: Content / Message Delivery, Actor: Supporting (Wilson Lee as James), Actress: Supporting (Ruby Yap as Cindy), Script / Writer, Contemporary Issues /Awareness Raising

Shakti Bhagchandani (United Arab Emirates)LostFound, Film Short

Sherry Malone (USA)What’s My Price?, Documentary Feature, Women Filmmaker

Simmer Bhatia, Path To Origin (India)The Conversations…A Journey to Path to Origin, Women Filmmaker, Creativity / Originality, Script / Writer

Stefano Ferrari and Michael Beltrami, RSI (Switzerland)Me, sexual assistant, Documentary Short

Stephen Riscica (USA)It Gets Better?, LGBT

Tash Ann (USA)Glass Ceiling, Film Short, Women Filmmakers

Teresa Vélez (Ecuador)Forbidden Melody, Film Short, Women Filmmaker, Contemporary Issues / Awareness Raising

Thomas Fink (Denmark)Save Mom – ALSO in Africa, Documentary Short

Tom Wilton (USA)Luna Park, Film Short, Actor: Leading (Freddie Connor as Jimmy), Actress: Leading (Fiona Graham as Carly)

Turner Baietto (USA)Someday, Film Short

Tyler  Moore (USA)Finding Max, Film Short

Wes Hager, Triple Seven Pictures (USA)Little West 12th Street, LGBT (Student)

Yves Beneche (USA)Fortunate Son, Film Short

Award of Recognition

Aakaansha Das, Nashaat, Sanjana Das, Sukanya Das (India)HOPE, Documentary Short (Student)

Adam Rosenberg (USA)The Real Drakoolavs, Web Series (Student) and Here and Now, Film Short

Ades Zabel, Biggy van Blond and Nicolai Tegeler (Germany)When Edith´s Bells Toll, LGBT

Adrian Nuno, Andrew Nuno (USA)Don’t Be Afraid, Film Short

Andre Perez (USA)America in Transition:  A Family Matter, Web / Internet Programming

Anthony Bradford (USA)Greenlit, Pilot Program / Series, Actor: Leading (Anthony Bradford as Daniel Evans)

bellopropello (Switzerland)cupid is not a terrorist, Film Short

Brian Marvin (USA)RUN, African American, Web Series

Cary Anderson (USA)Red Shirts, Film Short

Corine Colors (Lebanon)Bittersweet, Women Filmmaker

Daniel Chein (USA)Basha Man, Native American / Aboriginal Peoples (Student)

Derek Osinski (USA)Homeless Finds a Heart, Documentary Short (Student)

Dylan Brody and Brent Carpenter (USA)Dylan Brody’s Driving Hollywood, Documentary Feature, Comedy Program / Series

Edwin Dejesus Jr. (USA)The Great Griffin, Film Short (Student)

Elizabeth Boston (USA)Frenemies, Film Short

Eric McClanahan (USA)66 & NOWHERE, Film Feature

Jamie Rea (Canada)A Letter To Those Who Have Given Up On Love (A Love Letter To Love), Film Short

Jason Morris (USA)Collapse, Film Feature

Jennifer Miller (USA)Hair Therapy, Documentary Short

Joachim Waibel (Canada)Grey Pain, Film Short

Joe Diamand (USA)The IBUR Connection, Jewish

Larry Rosen (USA)Into the Outbreak, Actor: Supporting (Larry Rosen as John), Script / Writer

Lyle Kash (USA)f * ck tr * mp, Liberation / Social Justice / Protest (Student)

Madison Durand (USA)Eyes in the Back of Her Head, Music Video (Student)

Mahmoud Kamel (USA)Triangles, Film Feature

Marcelo Mayen (USA)Bullock the Bruiser, Film Short

Maritza Brikisak (USA)The Lurking Man – FEATURE, Actress: Leading (Maritza Brikisak as Cailean / Orthon), Women Filmmakers

Michael Benni Pierce (USA)The Haunting of Lester House, Film Short

Miroslav Nincic (USA)Departing, Documentary Feature

Mitch Hooks (USA)Dreams Reality & Pragmatism, Film Short

Mukee Okan (USA)The Pussy Talks, Documentary Short

Pascal Pernix (Cayman Islands)Unwritten, Film Short

Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi (Canada)Brother by Jesse and the Dandelions, Music Video

Ray Zomerfeld (USA)Dugout Bros, Web Tube Length Video

Robert Hensley (USA)The Taste of Salt, Film Short

Shaine Greenwood and Taylor Fry (USA)Mistaken, Film Short

Sonia Suvagau (Canada)WHY ?, Film Short

Ted Leger (USA)Kilted Lions, Documentary Short

Waley Wang (USA)Coquette, Film Short

William Buerkel (USA)Mark of the Baxter II: Hipster Scourge, Web Tube Length Video

Yihui “Cece”  Jiao (USA)Blank, the Bird, Animation (Student)


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