12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival Awards
Vimeo Audience Awards
Best Emerging Filmmaker Short: LAUNDRY DAY, Dir. Michael Stevantoni
Best Kansas Short: GOOD CONDUCT, Dir. Patrick Rea
Golden Strand Awards
Golden Strand Special Recognition Award: Joe & Peggy Sarno (pictured at right)
Golden Strands Documentary Awards
Outstanding Documentary for Cinematic Legacy: A LIFE IN DIRTY MOVIES, Dir. Wiktor Ericsson
Outstanding Documentary in Recognition of Social Action: SILENCED, Dir. James Spione
Outstanding Documentary: THE OVERNIGHTERS, Dir. Jesse Moss
Golden Strands Narrative Awards
Outstanding New Talent: John Diaz, FIVE STAR (pictured at right)
Outstanding Ensemble Cast: The Cast of LOVE LAND, Dir. Joshua Tate
Outstanding Cinematography: Sean Porter, KUMIKO: THE TREASURE HUNTER
Outstanding Narrative: MAN FROM RENO, Dir. David Boyle
Outstanding Narrative Short: THE PHONE CALL, Dir. Mat Kirby
Outstanding Documentary Short: I MARRIED MY FAMILY'S KILLER, Dir. Emily Kassie
Vimeo Audience Awards – Vote & Win!
Every vote counts, so let your voice be heard by vote for each and every “in competition” film at the festival.
The Vimeo Audience Awards will be given to the Tallgrass audience’s choice of favorite Narrative feature-length film ($1,000 cash prize,) Documentary feature-length film ($1,000 cash prize) and Short Film ($500 cash prize.) All cash prizes are furnished by Vimeo.
The Vimeo Audience Awards, as well as the Golden Strands, Best Kansas & Best Emerging Short Programming Awards will be announce on Sunday, October 20 preceding the Closing Night Gala screening.
Tallgrass offers several awards, given to official selections of the festival, as part of the Closing Night Gala. The Vimeo Audience Award films are voted on by our festival-goers and the juried awards are given by our Programming Committee.
Vimeo Audience/Cash Awards: Presented by Vimeo. Please remember to vote after each in-competition screening you attend.
Special recognition awards include:
Special Distinction Awards
Vimeo Audience Award Documentary Feature ($1,000): BLACKFISH (d. Gabriela Cowperthwaite)
Programming Awards (given by Tallgrass Programming Directors):
Golden Strands Documentary Feature: I WILL BE MURDERED (d. Justin Weber)
Golden Strands Short Film: THE BUTCHER'S DOZEN (d. Eirin Strickland)
Emerging Student Short Film: WHY NOT? (D. Mariah Hall)
Vimeo to present Vimeo Audience Awards, Stubbornly Independent Gala & Prize, at 11th annual Tallgrass Film Fest
Tallgrass festival-goers become the jury as TFA partners with Vimeo as branding sponsor for the festival’s cash awards including the Audience Award Winning Narrative ($1,000), Audience Award Winning Documentary ($1,000), and Audience Award Winning Short ($500).
For the second year in a row, Vimeo will also present the Stubbornly Independent Gala – wherein eligible independent films (domestic, narrative films made for $750,000 USD or less with no traditional theatrical distribution at the time of screening) compete for a Gala screening at the Tallgrass Film Festival and a $2,500 cash award furnished by Vimeo. The winning film is chosen by the Tallgrass Programming Committee and will be announced in October. Last year’s winner was THE KITCHEN, by Director Ishai Setton.
The company will provide Vimeo + accounts for the Best Kansas Short Film and the Best Emerging Filmmaker Short Film (18 years and younger.) The partnership also includes the opportunity for festival films to be included on Vimeo-On Demand.
"As a native Wichitan, I'm always excited and proud to see the amazing films showcased at the Tallgrass Film Festival, especially the films made by fellow Kansans. Encouraging and rewarding these talented filmmakers for their work is not only an honor but effing awesome," said Andrea Allen, Director, Production + Community at Vimeo.
“Our motto is Stubbornly Independent, and Vimeo is a true friend to the independent filmmaker,” said Tallgrass Film Association Executive Director Lela Meadow-Conner. “Look for this year’s festival to focus more on the art, process and business of filmmaking and of course, the indie filmmakers – we wouldn’t have a festival without them. Tallgrass also seeks to offer resources and opportunities to Wichita and the Heartland region’s film community, which grows exponentially every year.”
Vimeo is also sponsor of Tallgrass Filmmaker’s Lab “Down to the Wire: 24 Hour Film Race,” where the winning filmmaking team receives a $1,000 filmmaking grant from Vimeo.
2012 Award Winning Films
Congratulations to all of this year's official selections and visiting (and non-visiting) filmmakers. Thank you for making the 10th annual Tallgrass Film Festival such a wonderful and memorable experience for Wichita audiences.
We'd especially like to congratulate the following films and filmmakers for their achievements, including the txtwrks Audience Award winning films, the Golden Strands Programming Awards, and the Best Kansas and Emerging filmmaker films.
Txtwrks Audience Awards - Winners receives $1,000 cash prize
Short Film: CATAPLEXY, Directed by John Salcido
Golden Strands Programming Awards - awarded by Tallgrass Programming Directors for Outstanding Documentary and Fiction Feature
Narrative: THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART, Directed Jennifer Devoldère
Documentary: YEAR OF THE LIVING DEAD, Directed by Rob Kuhns
Special Acting Recognition: Robert Carlyle, CALIFORNIA SOLO
Kansas & Emerging Filmmaker Winning Shorts (awarded by Tallgrass Programming Directors)
Kansas Filmmaker: HOUSE OF MONSTERS, Director Dawn Brown