Snowtown Film Festival Grand Prize Winner

Snowtown Film Festival Grand Prize Winner

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"Bardo" wins Grand Prize at Snowtown Film Festival

Over one thousand film lovers braved the winter weather this weekend to attend the 3rd Annual Snowtown Film Festival in downtown Watertown, NY. The festival concluded its thirty-five-film marathon on Saturday evening with an awards ceremony and screening of “Keepers of the Game,” a documentary about the Salmon River girls lacrosse team. Women featured in the film were on-hand afterward for a panel conversation about the growth of girls’ lacrosse within the Akwesasne community and throughout the region.

                Prior to the film, Snowtown Film Festival presented its Grand Prize Award to Directors Scott Aharoni and Dennis Latos for the their short film “Bardo,” about a cabbie haunted by an elderly fare he picks up on a frigid night. Twenty-six short film finalists competed for the award. 

                Awards were also presented to:

  • “Winter Through Film Award” to SNOVLO, directed by Gillian Kirkland
  • “North Country Filmmakers Award” to BEFORE YOUR EYES, directed by Skyler Bocciolatt and Canon Brownell, produced by Robert Adler
  • “Outstanding Foreign Language Film Award” to SPEECHLESS, written and directed by Robin Polák, produced by Jan Fincke, Thorne Mutert and Anja Wedell
  • “Outstanding Comedy Award” to LAST CALL LENNY, written by Brian Groh, directed by Julien Lasseur, produced by Jamie Thalami
  • “Outstanding Documentary Award” to OBJECT (OBIEKT), written and directed by Paulina Skibinska, produced by Ewa Jastrzebska
  • “Outstanding Animated Film Award” to FRUIT, written and directed by Gerhard Funk 

On Friday evening, event organizers honored Viggo Mortensen with a “North Country Inspiration to Artists Award” for his dedication to the North Country, his contribution to film and his inspiration to fellow artists. Mr. Mortensen, renowned for his love of crows, was presented with “Rascal,” a crow sculpture created by Omar, NY artist, William L. Salisbury. The sculpture was commissioned by Snowtown Film Festival for the occasion. 

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