History

The First Festival was held in the spring of 2001 showcasing some of West Virginia’s best filmmakers at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in Historic Sutton, West Virgina. In 2010 The West Virginia Filmmaker’s Guild took over production of the festival.

 

2010 Winners:


Best Film: Down In Number 5 (Kim Spurlock)

Best Feature – Narrative : My New Life (Kevin Rhoades

Best Feature – Documentary: Out Of The Blue (Ray Schmitt)

Best Short Film – Narrative: Down In Number 5 (Kim Spurlock)

Best Short Film – Documentary: Rock Haven (Rich Schmitt)

Best Student Film – Displacement (Justin Litton)

Best 10 Minute Film – Provident (Michael Sydenstricker

Certificate Of Merit – Clockdown (Jan Bezouska)

Filmmaker Of The Year – Mari-Lynn Evans

Audience Choice: My New Life

2009 Winners


Best Film: Coal Country (Mari-Lynn Evans)

Best Feature – Narrative: Blood River (Jesse Rivard)

Best Feature – Documentary: Coal Country (Mari-Lynn Evans)

Best Short – Narrative: Guy Bet (Nick Griffith)

Best Short – Documentary: Meadow Bridge (Tijah Bumgardner)

Best Student Film: Weatherology

Best 10 Minute Film: The Ugly Bowl (Charlie Cline)

Filmmaker Of The Year – Russ Barbour

Audience Choice: Captain (Caitlin Campbell)

 

2008 Awards

Best Film Burning the Future – Coal in America directed by David Novack

Audience Choice Award Johnny Boy directed by Seth Martin

Best documentary feature Shades of Gray  directed by Bob Wilkinson

Best narrative feature Crash Gordon directed by Bill Richardson

Best student film Panacea directed by Kent Hastings

Best  narrative short Two winners –

Play  by Sam Holdren

Casting by James Lineback

Best animation The Bells of Prague directed by Amy Trent

Best animation – student         Meshullam directed by Red House Church Project

Best documentary short Human Perception of Time directed by Charles Kleine

Awards of Excellence

Feature documentary         Rise Up! West Virginia directed by B.J. Gudmundsson

Narrative short        Deadly Beauty  directed by Chandeline Nichole

Documentary short        Listen to the Women directed by B.J. Gudmundsson

Documentary short     Dead Girl Walking directed by Ray and Judy Schmitt

Documentary short          Spring, 1386 produce by Holler Presents

 

2006 FESTIVAL AWARDS

People’s Choice Award  – FOR THE LOVE OF THEATRE Ray Schmitt, Dir.

Best Documentary – Feature  CROSSINGS Terry Lively, Dir.

Best Documentary – Short  DOWSERCharles Kleine, Dir.)

Best Narrative – Short LOT LIZARDS Paul Awad, Dir.

Best Student Film STATIC (WVSU)  Kevin Scarbrough, Dir.

WVFF First Annual Two Minute Horror CompetitionWinners

First Place:DEADLINE (WVSU)  K.C. Bragg, Dir.

Best Cinematography Dir.MR. BUNKY BOY (WVSU)Michael Sydenstricker II

Honorable Mention
FACE YOUR FEAR (WVSU)Michael Ramsey, Dir.

Honorable Mention WHAT LITTLE GIRLS ARE MADE OF (WVSU)Chris Bavle, Dir.

Filmmaker of the Year: George Milnes

2005 Winners

WV Filmmaker Pinnacle Award
Morgan Spurlock

Filmmaker of the Year
B.J. Gudmundsson

Best Film
THE LAST CAMPAIGN

Best Feature Narrative
THE FIFTH STRING

Best Feature Documentary
-30- CAL PRICE AND THE POCAHONTAS TIMES

Best Short Narrative
ROAD VIRUS HEADS NORTH

Best Short Science Fiction
FARMER BROWN

Best Short Drama
THE HIDEOUS ORANGE VASE

Best Short Historical Documentary
GHOSTS OF GREEN BOTTOM

Best Short Event Documentary
THE WHOLE HOG

Best Documentary Series
THE APPALACHIANS

Best Educational Film
LOVE IS NOT AN ANGRY THING

Award of Excellence
IN THE RINGER

 

 


Chris Bavle, Dir.


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