Sioux Falls Nonprofit Hazard Film Project Wins IndieFEST Film Awards


SIOUX FALLS, SD (Dakota News Now) — Hazard Film Project, a Sioux Falls arts nonprofit, has won a prestigious IndieFEST Film Awards Award of Merit.

The prize was awarded to the organization’s eponymous short film, “Hazard,” which focuses on racial identity and diversity in national parks. “Hazard” features standout performances from actors Nicholas G. Sims, Jay Dukes and Alonzo Hester, who portray a black family as they go on a camping trip for the first time, but have a run-in with two white police officers along the way. the road. way.

“We are so grateful to IndieFEST for recognizing all the hard work and passion that went into making this film. Our hope is to continue to strengthen our community by building bridges of empathy and inclusiveness,” said Daniel Bergeson, writer/director/producer.

“The ‘Hazard’ story is important in moving the conversation about racial justice forward, and it’s truly amazing that it’s being recognized in this way,” said producer/cinematographer Bobby Peacock.

By winning an IndieFEST Film Award, Danger film project joins the ranks of other high profile recipients of this internationally renowned award.

Rick Prickett, who chairs the IndieFEST Film Awards, had this to say about the latest winners: “IndieFEST is not an easy prize to win. Entries are received from all over the world, from flagship companies to outstanding new talent. IndieFEST helps set the standard for craftsmanship and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional quality of the entries. The goal of the IndieFEST Film Awards is to help winners get the recognition they deserve.

Other recipients of this award include

• Oscar winner 2021 “If anything happens, I love you” by Laura Dern, Will McCormack and Michael Govier

• Oscar-nominated Liam Neeson as narrator of “Love Thy Nature”

• Documentary “A Path Appears” featuring Oscar-winning actor George Clooney and Blake Lively

• Executive “Radical Grace” produced by Oscar winner Susan Sarandon

• A searing exposition of “Davids and Goliath” by Peabody winner Leon Lee

• “Touched with Fire” with Katie Holmes.

About the Hazard film project

Hazard Film Project is a 501(c)(3) founded in March 2020. Hazard Film Project’s mission is to both create and champion diversity and inclusion in film. Hazard Film Project envisions a future where diversity and inclusion exist in all aspects of filmmaking. The organization also graciously received a $15,000 grant from the Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation in 2020 to produce Hazard.

IndieFEST information and a list of recent winners can be found at

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