2017 DANCES WITH FILMS AWARD WINNERS AT CLOSING CEREMONY

“ONE LESS GOD” And “LA SIRENA” take top awards

The 20th edition of the fiercely independent film festival Dances With Films (DWF) concluded on Sunday evening (June 11) with a closing night celebration at the TCL Chinese Theaters in Hollywood where the excitement was electric throughout the arena. 

The unstoppable festival, for two decades a champion of independent filmmakers, is widely recognized as the premiere showcase of innovative independent cinema in the U.S., presenting amazing, undiscovered talent to an industryaudience in Hollywood at the always jam-packed TCL Chinese Theaters.

GRAND JURY AWARD | COMPETITION FEATURE:

ONE LESS GOD – Writer/Dir: Lliam Worthington

Honorable Mention:

ELIZA SHERMAN’S REVENGE – Writer/Dir: Gregory Fitzsimmons

GRAND JURY AWARD | COMPETITION SHORT:  

LA SIRENA – Writer/Dir: Rosita Lama Muvdi

***Winner Receives Academy Qualifying Theatrical Run from Laemmle’s Theaters***

Honorable Mentions:

CONFECTION – Writer: Lauren Bested, Dir: Ed Rigg

WOMAN WITH AN EDITING BENCH– Writer/Dir: Karen Pearlman

ICA | INDUSTRY CHOICE AWARD OVER 40 MIN: 

ONE LESS GOD – Writer/Dir: Lliam Worthington

ICA | INDUSTRY CHOICE AWARD UNDER 40 MIN: 

RED – Writer/Dir: Min Reid

OVERALL AUDIENCE AWARD | FEST SHORT: 

ALL THE MARBLES – Writers/Prods: Carl Petersen, Michael Swingler, Dir: Michael Swingler

***Winner Receives Academy Qualifying Theatrical Run from Laemmle’s Theaters***

AUDIENCE AWARD | COMPETITION FEATURE: 

HOLDEN ON – Writer/Dir: Tamlin Hall

AUDIENCE AWARD | COMPETITION SHORT: 

ALL THE MARBLES – Writers/Prods: Carl Petersen, Michael Swingler, Dir: Michael Swingler

AUDIENCE AWARD | DOCUMENTARY FEATURE:

RESISTANCE IS LIFE – Dir: Apo W. Bazidi

AUDIENCE AWARD | DOCUMENTARY SHORT:

MIRACLE IN MALIBU – Writer/Dir: Karen Keagy Shaver

AUDIENCE AWARD | FUSION FEATURE: 

BEING BLACK ENOUGH OR (HOW TO KILL A BLACK MAN) – Writer/Dir: Devin Rice

AUDIENCE AWARD | FUSION SHORT: 

WINK – Writer/Dir: Monika Petrillo

AUDIENCE AWARD | DOWNBEAT: 

ALIENTOLOGISTS – Writer/Dir: Tyler Rabinowitz

AUDIENCE AWARD – TV PILOTS:

NO PLACE TO FALL – Dir: Billy Hanson

AUDIENCE AWARD – WEB SERIES:

DOUCHEAHOLICS – Writer/Dir: Sean McCarthy

The prestigious 2017 Features Jury was comprised of past DWF winners Zack Bennett (The Ataxian), Clay Riley Hassler (Homeless), Tiffany Hassler (Homeless), and Michael David Lynch (Victor Walk).  The Shorts Jury included DWF alum Kimberly Browning (Diamonds In The Rough), Romell Foster-Owens (Snake Oil Sam), and Mikeal Kreuzriegler (Sway).

 

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