Film Festival Winners Announced

April 19, 2013

 The 2013 Little Rivers Short Shorts Film Festival was held on April 19 in the Fine Arts Auditorium. Eighteen short films were shown, including film trailers, comedy, documentary, music videos and spoofs. Film-makers ranged in age from 9 years old to 63.

Assistant Professor of English Dr. Heather Duda served as this year's juror. The Juror's Award was given to Jessica Preston of Jackson, Ohio for her short horror film "A Good Murder". Dr. Duda writes that "The film is a clever way to tell a story.  The narrative holds up under the editing choices; the editing is unique but still provides unity to the overall film.  Also, the camera angles are creative and appropriate for the story.  Finally, the music fits; it is very Tarantino-esque."

The People's Choice award was determined by audience voting, and was awarded to Ryan Griffith, also of Jackson, Ohio for his film "Left Alone", which tells the story of a National Gaurdsman deployed after 9/11 who struggled to return to civilian life following his service overseas.

Prizes were funded by admission fees, donations and dvd sales. Each winner received $96.50, a giant check and a stainless steel trophy designed by Professor of Art Kevin Lyles. This is the second year of the film festival and represents a marked growth in attendance and prizes. Last year 32 people attended and each prize winner received $32. This year, over 60 people were in the audience.

The film festival is the creation of Associate Professor of Art Benjy Davies, who also entered two films in the competition. One of these films described the struggles and triumphs of a gorilla who enrolls as a student at Rio Grande. The film features a number of Rio staff, faculty and students. Initially, the gorilla failed both academically and socially, but with the aid of a few understanding professors and some good friends, he manages to graduate and succeed in life.

DVDs are available for both the 2012 and the 2013 film festival. Contact Benjy Davies for more information.