BendFilm Announces Feature and Short Film Awards for 19th Annual BendFilm Festival


BendFilm has announced the 20 films and filmmakers honored with jury awards and over $12,000 at the 2022 BendFilm Festival. BendFilm will present encore screenings of the award-winning titles on Sunday, October 9, which concludes the in-person portion of the festival. Select titles will stream online October 10-23, 2022.

Other winners celebrated at the 2022 BendFilm festival include director Tamara Jenkins who was recognized as Independent Woman of the Year, and actors Tatanka Means and Gary Farmer recognized as Indigenous winners. Audience awards will be announced on Monday, October 24 after the streaming portion of the festival ends.

BendFilm Festival Programming Manager Selin Sevinc said, “From the moment the program opened, we felt the warmth and spontaneity of our passionate independent film community. with an open mind and an open heart.”

BendFilm Festival Executive Director Todd Looby said, “The theme of connection was deeply felt throughout the festival, from screenings to conversations, parties and panels. There was an electric feeling all over town as people watched and were transformed by these films. looking forward to continuing the festival online over the next two weeks to continue and share these incredible stories.”

Juror and former director of the Sundance Film Festival, John Cooper and journalist Emily St. James, on behalf of the jury, said, “You Look Like Me” is a powerful true story that brings a global issue to a human level. It’s a quietly radical film, seeking to humanize a woman who has been turned into a symbol by the international media, even though the international media had her completely wrong. hopefully will give anyone who sees it pause as they jump to conclusions about those being demonized in the media. The jury was moved by this timely story and we are delighted to award Dina Amer the award. best in show for her directorial debut.”

Jurors include: senior correspondent Emily St. James; former director of the Sundance Film Festival, John Cooper; marketing director Kim Kalyka; Vice President of Publicity for IFC Films, Danielle McCarthy-Boles; film critic for, Matt Fagerholm; content partnerships manager for RedBull, Brett Campbell; actress, Cara Jade Myers; environmental law, tribal sovereignty and American Indian law student, Elizabeth Zingg; filmmaker, Joanne Feinberg; Indigenous filmmaker and program advisor LaRonn Katchia; Sidewalk Film Festival founder Erik Jambor; documentary filmmaker, Jenny Shi; actress and producer Liz Cardenas, Oscar-nominated producer Michael Scheuerman; Oscar-nominated filmmaker Robin Honan; and, educator, multidisciplinary artist and award-winning actress Tallie Medel.

2022 BendFilm Festival Jury Prize Winners:

Best of Show

You Look Like Me Directed by Dina Amer

Cultural and intergenerational trauma erupts in this story of two sisters from the suburbs of Paris. After siblings are torn apart, the eldest, Hasna, struggles to find her identity, leading to a choice that shocks the world in this intimate story about family, love, brotherhood and belonging. .

Best Outdoor/Environmental Feature

Au Revoir directed by Justin Loiselle and Jonathan Ferguson

From a shy youngster to a living legend, this is the story of wakeboard champion Raph Derome as he retires from riding in front of the crowds and the cameras. Learn about Raph’s competitive family legacy, learn about the sibling rivalry that fueled his rise, and witness his final act on the water, the ride of a lifetime.

Best Indigenous Feature

Uýra: The Rising Forest directed by Juliana Curi

Uýra, a trans-indigenous artist, travels the Amazon rainforest on a journey of self-discovery, using performance art and ancestral messages to teach indigenous youth and confront structural racism and transphobia in Brazil. In the country with the highest murder rates of trans people, Indigenous people and environmentalists, Uýra promotes unity and inspires these movements in the heart of the Amazon.

Best Documentary Feature:

Sam Now directed by Reed Harkness

Filmed over a period of 25 years, two brothers go on a 2,000 mile road trip to solve a family mystery. Shoot on almost any camera format imaginable, from hand-developed Super-8 film to ARRI 4K, Sam Harness and his older half-brother Reed use their creative world of fictional cinema to dive headfirst into dealing with the current problem: Sam’s mother has gone missing.

Best Narrative Feature:

The game directed by Ana Lazarevic

Strahinja, a smuggler in the Balkans, longs to buy a luxury apartment to fix his broken marriage. Shortly after, a routine smuggling trip to Hungary is interrupted by border police. Strahinja finds herself stuck with teenage refugees, led by Yousef, a beatboxer and hopeless romantic from Yemen. Yousef’s open approach to life makes Strahinja aware of the walls he has built around his own.

Special Jury Prize for Narrative Feature Films:

Malek Rahbani for his performance in Jacir

Jacir directed by Waheed AlQawasmi

Jacir, a resettled Syrian refugee, is looking for a new life in a tough neighborhood in Memphis. He’s faced with a tough new environment and a host of interesting individuals, including Morty, his neighbor’s cat, Meryl, a racist, opiate-addicted shut-in, and Jerome, a rapper from Memphis. Jacir tries to win the affection of a new love interest, Nadia, while dealing with her overzealous father and avoiding suspicion from ICE.

Best editing:

Jason Reid and Darren Lund for Sam Now

Sam Now directed by Reed Harkness

Filmed over a period of 25 years, two brothers go on a 2,000 mile road trip to solve a family mystery. Shoot on almost any camera format imaginable, from hand-developed Super-8 film to ARRI 4K, Sam Harness and his older half-brother Reed use their creative world of fictional cinema to dive headfirst into dealing with the current problem: Sam’s mother has gone missing.

Best Cinematography:

Bae Jin Baek for his work on Unidentified

Unidentified directed by Jude Chun

In 1993, huge spherical UFOs appeared above all major cities in the world. They don’t attack. They do not initiate communication. They just stay floating above every town. In 2022, twenty-nine years after UFOs arrived, they have become a part of ordinary life, but there is a rumor circulating that some people who look like ordinary humans are actually aliens and the mysterious Alien Mind Control Syndrome has taken hold of people in strange and unexpected ways.

Best Director:

Elisa Levine and Gabriel Miller for their work on Sweetheart Deal

Offer darling

Four Seattle sex workers trapped in an endless spiral of addiction turn to a self-proclaimed healer offering friendship and a path to salvation from the streets. From the sanctuary of his motorhome by the side of the road, he treats anyone willing to ride through the roller coaster of heroin withdrawal. But just as the women begin to rebuild their lives, a shocking betrayal reverberates through their world.

Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Home Filmmaking:

Bad Ax directed by David Siev

A real-time portrait of 2020 unfolds as an Asian-American family in rural Trump America fights to keep their restaurant and their American dream alive in the face of a pandemic, neo-Nazis and the generational scars of the Cambodian killing fields.

Best documentary short:

Waiting Directed by Michael T. Workman

As a lonely winter sets in, a son returns home to face the past that haunts his father.

Best Narrative Short:

Have fun Directed by Saul Abraham

Progressive muscle relaxation, Lycra, speech. Like Michael (Himesh Patel) searches for new ways to stop his downward spiral, a moment of hope arrives from an unexpected source.

Best Northwest Short Film:

No Spectators Allowed Directed by Kanani Koster

A true crime podcast host sits down with a Native woman to record her sister’s cold case, but their intentions to tell that story come to fruition as they examine the night in question.

Special Jury Prize for Social Impact:

One Buck Won’t HurtDirected by Christopher Stoudt

Four black New Orleans teenagers support themselves by tap-dancing for tips in the French Quarter, navigating the reckless optimism of youth and the bitter pains of growing up rapidly in America’s capital of incarceration.

Special Jury Prize for Animated Short Film:

Tears of the Seine Directed by Yanis Belaid, Eliott Benard, Nicolas Mayeur, Etienne Moulin, Hadrien Pinot, Lisa Vicente, Philippine Singer, Alice Letailleur

On October 17, 1961, Algerian workers took to the streets of Paris to protest against the mandatory curfew imposed by the police.

Best Animated Short Film:

Ice Cream Vendors Directed by João Gonzalez

Every day, a father and son parachute from their clifftop home to the village on the ground, where they sell the ice cream.

Special Jury Prize for Personal Vision:

Babysitting Directed by Patrick Noth

Working from home as a creative can be tough, especially when you’re babysitting three kids.

Best Outdoor/Environmental Short Film:

Monumental Ditch Directed by Brian Olliver

A young couple come to terms with the social forces that drove them out of a utopian rural community.

Best Indigenous Short Film:

Daughter of the Sea Directed by Alexis C. Garcia

After the death of her grandfather, a young woman experiences a spiritual awakening when she is called upon by Yemaya, the orisha goddess of the sea.

Best Student Short Film:

El Carrito Directed by Zahida Pirani

Nelly, who lives alone with her elderly father and manages to make ends meet working as a street vendor, is forced to take a leap of faith or resign herself to her job forever.

**Winners of the Katie Merritt People’s Choice Award feature and short films will be announced on October 24.

About BendFilm:

BendFilm hosts an annual independent film festival, exhibitions and film programs throughout the year, and is the proud owner of the Tin Pan Theater – an art house cinema located in the city center of Bend’s Tin Pan Alley. The organization is designed to support and nurture filmmakers and enrich the cultural life of central Oregon while providing economic benefit to the region. Celebrating its 19th year, BendFilm is proud to bring diverse voices and visions to the Bend community. The BendFilm Festival takes place every October in Bend, Oregon. Plan to join us October 6-23, 2022 for in-person and virtual filmmaking, as well as filmmaker workshops, panels and more. Bend is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, beer lovers and stunning natural scenery. BendFilm is made possible by a dedicated team of volunteers and generous donors, members and sponsors. For more information, call (541) 388-3378 or visit Connect with BendFilm on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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