The 40th Annual Athens International Film+Video Festival wrapped up Thursday evening with the cinephile's favorite Best Of The Fest screening.  Short films making the final screening included:

  • Walt Disney's Taxi Driver dir. Bryan Boyce
  • Pearl Was Here dir. Kate Marks
  • Chicken And Zoe dir. Yael Bridge
  • The River dir. Sam Handel
  • La Isla De Los Muertos dir. Vuk Jevremovic
  • Women Who Yell dir. Megan Hague
  • Music For Teacups dir. Haviland & Colagiovanni
  • The Search For Inspiration Gone dir. Ashley Michael Briggs
  • I Like My Boyfriend Drunk dir. Josef Steiff (OU SOF, MFA 1988)
  • Listen dir. Monteith McCollum
  • Breezewood dir. Jonathan Tazewell
  • Esther dir Shlomi Ben-Yair
  • The Popcorn Kid dir Sharon Mooney
  • Antarctic... Huh? dir. Matt Hoyt

The following films and directors received additional honors at this year's festival:

  • Best Short Documentary:  Like Rats Leaving A Sinking Ship dir. Vika Kirchenbauer
  • Best Feature Documentary:  Unfit:  Ward vs. Ward dir. Edwin Schariau, Penny Edmiston, Katie Carmichael
  • Best Experimental:  Memento Mori dir. Dan Browne 
  • Best Short Narrative:  Esther dir. Shlomi Ben-Yair
  • Best Feature Narrative:   Azooma (Gong Jeong Sa Hoe) dir. Jiseung Lee
  • Best Animation:  La Isla De Los Muertos dir. Vuk Jevremovic
  • The Black Bear Award (best sound):  Listen dir. Monteith McCollum

For a complete list of the winners, go to Athens Film Festival.

Thanks to the Athens Film Festival staff, students and volunteers; the staff at the Athena Cinema, Arts For Ohio and the event sponsors, Dr. Ruth Bradley and to all of the filmmakers who shared their stories with us.