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Winners Circle: BendFilm brings cinematic gold to Central Oregon 

Last weekend, the annual BendFilm festival transformed downtown into an independent film Mecca, bringing a slew of great flicks to big and little screens.

 

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Last weekend, the annual BendFilm festival transformed downtown into an independent film Mecca, bringing a slew of great flicks to big and little screens.

Documentaries about everything from quilts to comic books, action narratives, dramas and dance flicks all made their Central Oregon premieres. The festival winners were announced at the Oxford Hotel Saturday with cash prizes going to more than half of the winners.


Best Cinematography: “A Little Closer” Matthew Petock writer/director

 

Best Ensemble Cast: “A Little Closer" Matthew Petock writer/director

Best Conservation Film: “Watershed" Marck Decena writer/director

Special Jury Prize: “Trash Dance” Andrew Garrison director

Best Student Short: $500 made possible by Dan Wieden for Caldera Arts, “Kiss Me” Jules Nurrish writer/director

Best Short: $500 “Far (Daddy)” Per Dreyer, writer/director

Best Documentary: $500 made possible by Inde Women, “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” Kristy Geuvara-Flanagan director

Best Directing: $500 made possible by Inde Women, “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” Kristy Geuvara-Flanagan director

Katie Merritt Audience Award: $500 funded from ticket sales, “Ethel” Mark Bailey/writer, Rory Kennedy/director

Best Screenplay: $500 made possible by Inde Women, “It’s A Disaster” Todd Berger writer/director

Best Directing: $500 made possible by Inde Women, “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” Kristy Geuvara-Flanagan director

Best Narrative: $60,000 Panavision feature camera rental package made possible by Panavision, “A Little Closer” Matthew Petock writer/director

Best of Show: $5,000 Founding Sponsor of BendFilm Brooks Resources Corporation, "Far (Daddy)” Per Dreyer writer/director

Photo taken by Lance Hardy.

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