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USA Film Festival Announces International Shorts Competition Winners

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Chosen from more than 500 international entries from 50 countries, the winners included:


I’m On Fire, Michael Spiccia, director


Tennis, Oranges, Sean Pecknold, director


To Myself With Love: The Bessie Stringfield Story, Diane Fredel-Weis, director


Anyone Who Knows, Kate Harpootlian, director


Rickshaw, Raphaël Hernandez, director


Animation – The Mayfly, Sue Perrotto, director

Narrative – Doubles, Alyssa Udovitsch & Tim Yager, co-directors

The 2024 National Jury included actor, writer and director Stephen Tobolowsky; actress, producer, documentarian and educator Diane Baker; actor, producer and musician Shane West; actor Jim Beaver; animator and director Bill Haller; manager, writer, producer and director Chris Roe; artist, director and writer Rosson Crow; and writer and actress Tora Hallström.

 This year marks the 54th Anniversary of the Festival, which has awarded prizes to dozens of now established filmmakers early in their careers including Mark Osborne (More), Don Hertzfeldt (Lilly and Jim), Chel White (Choreography for Copy Machine), Michael Almereyda (Another Girl, Another Planet), Jessica Yu (Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O’Brien), Wes Anderson (Bottle Rocket), Marlon Riggs (Tongues Untied), Todd Haynes (Superstar), Alexander Payne (The Passion of Martin), George Hickenlooper (Some Folks Call it a Sling Blade), Alan Taylor (That Burning Question) and John Lasseter (Tin Toy).

 Additional acknowledgement went to the following short works:

Jury Prize, Narrative – Auxiliaire, Lucas Bacle, director

Jury Prize, Animation – Who Is the Zookeeper?, Masha Vasilkovsky, Ruah Edelstein & Jinghan Zhang, co-directors

Jury Prize, Non-Fiction – Filming Under Fire: John Ford’s OSS Field Photo Branch, Dan Gagliasso, director

Jury Prize, Experimental – I Was There, Chi Jang Yin, director

Jury Prize, Student – Wandering Memories, Yuta Noguchi, director

Honorable Mention, Narrative – The Masterpiece, Alex Lora, director

Honorable Mention, Narrative – Keep, Lewis Rose, director

Honorable Mention, Narrative – Lemon Tree, Rachel Walden, director

Honorable Mention, Narrative – Fár, Gunnur Martinsdóttir Schlüter, director

Honorable Mention, Animation – The Mayfly, Sue Perrotto, director

Honorable Mention, Non-fiction –Tracing Imperfection, Chehade Boulos, director

Honorable Mention, Student – The Caged Bird, Xi Wen Liu, director

Honorable Mention, Student – The Furious Me!, Yabin Wang, director

Honorable Mention, Student – Lucky Market, Eric Wang Schwager, director

Honorable Mention, Texas – Almost Perfect: The 99th Pitch, John Benjamin Terrell, director

Honorable Mention, Texas – Introvert Club, Vered Rodriguez, director

Honorable Mention, Texas – Grow a Better Dallas, Cullen Blanchfield, director

Honorable Mention, Texas
– They Don’t Make ‘Em Like Willie Anymore, Blacksmith Rose (K & Karen Foster), co-directors

 Honorable Mention, Texas – Georgia, Hannah Abu-eideh, director


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The USA Film Festival is a Dallas-based, 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the recognition and encouragement of excellence in the film and video arts through the presentation of diverse cultural and educational programs.

YEAR-ROUND programs and events include the annual Spring USA Film Festival, now in its 54th year; the annual KidFilm® Family Festival, now in its 40th year, the oldest and largest-attended international children's film festival in the United States; special premieres; an International Short Film Competition; year-round "Meet the Filmmakers" screenings; film series and retrospectives organized around important themes and filmmakers; presentations of restored prints on the big screen, and educational activities including filmmaker discussions and extensive community outreach activities.

LIVE CINEMA -- Through its year-round multicultural programs and special events, the USA Film Festival provides an opportunity for the public to discover films not scheduled for commercial distribution and sheds new light on familiar films by facilitating discussion and encounters with filmmakers and lecturers.

With the exception of special member screenings, all events are open to the public.

MOVIES ON THE BIG SCREEN THE WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE SEEN -- Programs take place at proper theater settings throughout the Dallas area, in fully accessible facilities, to ensure maximum accessibility for all publics.

A YEAR-ROUND EVENT -- The Festival presents programs every month -- We're a 50-Day Festival!

PROGRAM MISSION -- Equality/Diversity/Inclusion/Education --To enrich our community by providing a wide variety of diverse cultural and educational programs; To promote equality, equity and inclusion through both our programs and through access for all publics by presenting free and low cost programs; To celebrate the film and video arts; To utilize the power and popularity of the visual medium to reach and teach people of all ages; To support filmmakers by providing an outlet for their works as well as providing the opportunity to speak with our audiences.

AFFIRMATIVE OPERATIONAL POLICY -- FREE ARTS PROGRAMS! --The Festival believes that a great city should have access for all residents to educational opportunities and cultural programs, particularly for publics who have been historically underrepresented based on gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status. The Festival is committed to serving residents from throughout the Dallas community by providing as many high quality, socially and culturally diverse program opportunities as possible with no financial barriers.

Annual attendance = 30,000+
Most programs are FREE admission to the community.