WINNERS OF THE APRIL-MAY BIMONTHLY COMPETITION
Official selections for the 2021 Dumbo Film Festival
BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE
Director: Adrian Bartol
Producers: Adrian Bartol, Will Brandt
Cast: Will Brandt, Ruby Modine, Michael Ironside
Back from Afghanistan, Matt Benning is haunted by war demons. His only escape becomes surrendering to the majestic and unforgiving isolation of the American Desert.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Directors: Ekain Irigoien
Producer: Txintxua Films
Cast: Javier Lea Cano, Mariano Lopez de la Isidra, Maria Jose Sarabia
HIJOS DE DIOS
Two homeless veterans try to survive on the streets of Madrid without falling into madness.
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Director: Aaron Bear
Writer: Wade Laurels
Cast: Bill Gates, Zachary Quinto, Gil Bar-Sela
YES I AM – THE RIC WEILAND STORY
A film that chronicles the life of Ric Weiland. The unsung hero of Microsoft and trailblazer for the LGBTQ community, Ric’s bequeathed $65 million dollars to the Pride Foundation to support gay rights and HIV research.
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE
Director: Sebastian LaCause
Producers: Rozanne Morrison, Think Beter Films, Light Layer Productions
Cast: Sebastian LaCause
A different kind of coming out. When a young moody Millennial reveals his HIV status in a queer support group, it sends Poe, a not so traditional gay priest who mentors the group, in search of his own inner truth.
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
Director: Emily Schuman
Producers: Emily Schuman
WHEN I’M HER
Michael was a ballet prodigy with a stellar career ahead of him. He transformed into a Russian ballet instructor named Madame Olga as a way to both embrace himself as an artist and reconcile with the trauma from his past.
Director: Shayna Strype
Producer: Heather Henson, Sam Koji Hale, Alex Griffin, Jessica Simon
Writer: Shayna Strype
Cast: Shayna Strype
In this eco-feminist tragicomedy, a female body is utilized as the set and characters. OUR MINE is the story of a mine collapse from the perspective of the mountain and explores the futile human urge to see ourselves as above nature rather than intrinsically part of it.
Director: Cinzia Angelini
Producer: Andrea Emmes
MILA is a war story that takes on a child’s perspective. Inspired by World War II stories from the director’s mother, the character of Mila represents the best of humanity. Although she has lost everything – her family, her house, her peace – she still clings to hope, with a little more than imagination and humanity.