Awards for best narrative feature and best documentary feature are still being determined but here is what was announced at last night’s festival party:

Made in Chicago Award – Kent Lambert, Fantasy Suite Best Animation – Everybody, Steve Reinke and Jesse Mott Best Experimental Film – L’Internationale, Marianna Milhorat Best Documentary Short – Sincerity: The Character of Ronald Reagan, Chris Royalty Best Narrative Short – Home Movie, Braden King

Audience Award – Scrappers, Ben Kolak, Brian Ashby and Courtney Prokopas

Honorable Mentions

Golden Hour, Robert Todd This Is My Show, Lori Felker

Voice on the Line, Kelly Sears

I’ll post the feature winners as soon as the jury gets them to me.


Ross Nugent hails from wilds of Western Pennsylvania. He earned a BA in Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh and studied film and video production at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, where he began working in media exhibition in 2003. Ross served as the Exhibition Coordinator from 2005-2008, and matriculated to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to pursue an MFA in Film. He is also the Program Manager of the UWM Union Theatre, the Faculty Advisor for the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival, and an instructor in the Film Dept.

Spencer Parsons is a filmmaker based in Chicago, and he teaches media production at Northwestern University. He has made such award-winning short films as “Resolution” (2002) and “Once and Future Asshole” (2005), and his feature film, “I’ll Come Running,” will soon be available on DVD from IFC. From 2000-2004, he was senior programmer for the late and lamented Cinematexas International Short Film Festival in Austin, TX.

Brigid Reagan is the Assistant Director of Video Data Bank, the country’s largest archive and distributor of video art and artist interviews. As AD, Brigid manages submissions, acquisitions, public programs, marketing and promotion for the organization. She was VDB’s Distribution Manager prior to her current appointment and previously worked in both programming and educational outreach for Cinema/Chicago, presenter of the Chicago International Film Festival. Brigid has presented VDB work at festivals and conferences throughout the world, and has sat on various panels and juries in the media arts field. She holds a BA in Film and Television from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago, where she was a Dwight Follet Fellow.

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