2015 BendFilm Festival Announces Award Winners

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BendFilm announced its award winners in 11 categories at the festival’s recent awards ceremony.

The Narrative Feature Petting Zoo, directed by Micah Magee, swept the festival, capturing numerous awards, including the Brooks Resources “Best of Show” and the Panavision “Best Narrative Feature.”

The winning films and award amounts are listed below. Jurors included Paul Bernstein, Filmmaker Toolkit Editor at Indiewire, Paula Nix, documentary filmmaker based in LA, who directed The Yes Men Are Revolting, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2014, and the Berlinale 2015; Anne Thompson, whose blog “Thompson on Hollywood” is on Indiewire; Leah Meyerhoff, award-winning filmmaker whose film I Believe in Unicorns won awards at several top film festivals in 2015; Matt Grady, founder of Factory 25, an independent film distribution company;  Mike Ott, award-winning filmmaker; Courtney Sheehan, journalist and leader of Northwest Film Forum’s year-round artistic programs; Landon Zakheim, Short Film Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival and other festivals; Kent Nichols, award-winning online video pioneer.

Award Names and amounts are shown below with the titles of the 2015 Award


Best of Show ($5,000 & BendFilm Award Sculpture): Petting Zoo, Directed by Micah Magee

Best Directing ($500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture): The Birth of Saké, Directed by Eric Shirai

Best Narrative Feature (Camera Rental Package valued at $60,000 & BendFilm Award Sculpture): Petting Zoo, Directed by Micah Magee

Best Documentary Feature ($1500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture): The Birth of Saké, Directed by Erik Shirai

Best Narrative Short ($500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture): Hole, Directed by Martin Edralin

Best Documentary Short ($500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture): “The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano,” Directed by Joshua Seftel

Best Student Short ($500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture): “Take With Water,” Directed by Tara O’Sullivan

Best Animated Short ($500 & BendFilm Award Sculpture ): “Tatuapé Mahal Tower,” Directed by Carolina Markowitz and Fernanda Salloum

Best Cinematography (BendFilm Award Sculpture): Songs My Brothers Taught Me, Shot by Joshua James Richards

Best of the Northwest (BendFilm Award Sculpture): “Mothering Inside,” Directed by Brian Lindstrom

Katie Merritt Audience Award ($500 and BendFilm Award Sculpture): Omo Child: The River and the Bush