Film festival award winners announced
After showing 38 films over four days Nov. 8-11, the 2012 Weyauwega International Film Festival announced its winning entries during a ceremony at the Gerold Opera House Saturday night.
More than 200 people attended the festival Saturday, most of them arrived for the screening of West of thunder.
Saturday’s most provocative feature, Holy Motors, also drew a large crowd.
“I think Holy Motors generated the most discussion,” said Ian Teal, who along with Kathy Fehl organized the event. “It’s what a film festival is all about: seeing films that you would normally never see and talking about them.”
Although Holy Motors was not a submitted film for the festival’s competition, Teal said it was shown because the it gave the festival an opportunity to have the Midwest premier of a major foreign film.
Teal said he and Fehl spent hundreds of hours watching films that were sent as entries.
“We’re worn out, but we’re very happy with the way the festival turned out.”
Teal estimated that more than 300 people attended the festival over its four-day run.
Selected as the best narrative feature was West of Thunder, directed by Jody Marriott Bar-Lev and Steve Russell. The film received a $250 prize.
Heavy Lifting, directed by Jim MacDonald, won the $100 prize for best narrative short.
The $250 prize for best documentary feature went to The Cardboard Bernini, directed by Olympia Stone.
Ned Abdul Needs More Retail Space: Or How To Say Goodbye To An Old Friend, directed by Dan Schneidkraut, was awarded $100 for best documentary short.
The Festival Spirit Award went to Extraodinarily Ordinary, directed by Timo Elliott.