2015 Awards

2015 Awards

Narrative Features Jury Awards

Indie Memphis award sculpture designed & created by Yvonne Bobo and commissioned by Duncan-Williams, Inc.

Indie Memphis award sculpture designed & created by Yvonne Bobo and commissioned by Duncan-Williams, Inc.

Best Narrative Feature*
($1,000 cash prize)
FUNNY BUNNY, directed by Alison Bagnall

Duncan-Williams Scriptwriting Award*                   
($1,000 cash prize)
ONLY CHILDdirected by Brian Pera

Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking
SWEATY BETTY, directed by Joe Frank & Zach Reed

Documentary Jury Awards

Best Documentary Feature*
($1,000 cash prize)
BARGE, directed by Ben Powell

Special Jury Award for Visionary Storytelling
ALMOST THERE, directed by Dan Rybicky & Aaron Wickenden


AUDIENCE AWARDS

Narrative Feature
FUNNY BUNNY
directed by Alison Bagnall

Documentary Feature
SYL JOHNSON: ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS
directed by Rob Hatch-Miller

Narrative Short
THE MOBILE STRIPPER
directed by Shirlyn Wong

Documentary Short
THE HOUSE IS INNOCENT
directed by Nicholas Coles

Hometowner Feature
BUT FOR THE GRACE
directed by Emmanuel Amido

Hometowner Short
SNOW DAY
directed by Drew Smith

Hometowner Documentary Short
TO CROSS
directed by Suzannah Herbert

 

Narrative Short Film Jury Awards

Best Narrative Short*
MUCK, directed by Bruce Smolanoff

Special Jury Award Narrative Short
A KING'S BETRAYAL, directed by David Bornstein

Special Jury Award for Achievement in Hilarious Dialogue
Friendship Biglets, directed by Sam McDavid

Documentary Short Film Jury Awards

Best Documentary Short*
MY SISTER SWALLOWED THE ZOO, directed by Maya Zhang

Animation / Experimental Jury Awards

Best Animated Film*
MIRROR IN MIND, directed by SeungHee Kim

Best Experimental Film*
BRANCHES, directed by
Heath Hanlin

Best After Dark Short
SOCCER MOMS IN PERIL, directed by Damian Lahey


INDIEGRANTS

$500 IndieGrants 

Jonas Schubach for DIRTY MONEY

A poor janitor finds a mysterious bag of money while cleaning a men's restroom in a mall. When he leaves the scene in a panic, another man makes the wrong decision in his place.

Ben Siler for ON THE SUFFERINGS OF THE WORLD

A stalker follows an alcoholic, stops her suicide attempt, and creates a relationship he is unable to deal with.

 

$4,500 IndieGrants

Morgan Jon Fox for SILVER ELVES

The search for a 22 year old missing college student takes a strange turn when a private investigator discovers mysterious references to "silver elves" in the boy's journal.

C. Scott McCoy & Laura Jean Hocking for SHILOH, OR, HOW TO SKIN A CAT

An awkward road trip comes to a screeching halt.

FESTIVAL AWARDS

Craig Brewer Emerging Filmmaker Award*
MEN GO TO BATTLE, directed by Zachary Treitz

Southern Soul of Independent Film Award*
BUT FOR THE GRACE, directed by Emmanuel Amido

Ron Tibbett Excellence in Filmmaking Award*
SOME BEASTS, directed by Cameron Bruce Nelson

HOMETOWNER AWARDS

Presented by the Memphis & Shelby County Film and Television Commission and The Tennessee Film Entertainment and Music Commission. 

Best Hometowner Feature* 
(Narrative or Documentary)
$1,000 cash prize sponsored by Senator and Mrs. Mark Norris
THE KEEPERS, directed by Sara Kaye Larsen & Joann Self Selvidge

Best Hometowner Narrative Short*
$500 cash prize sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. O'Farrell Shoemaker
NOTHING
directed by Keith Curry

Best Hometowner Documentary Short*
$500 cash prize sponsored by Dr. Richard Ranta and the College of Communication and Fine Arts - University of Memphis
WHAT'S INSIDE THE CAGE, directed by Suzannah Herbert