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.
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
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)
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
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
WV Filmmaker Pinnacle Award
Filmmaker of the Year
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
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
Best Educational Film
LOVE IS NOT AN ANGRY THING
Award of Excellence
IN THE RINGER
|Chris Bavle, Dir.