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8.29.2023

Fort Smith International Film Festival announces winners, virtual programming

by
Kody Ford

The Fort Smith International Film Festival took place on Aug. 24-26th at TempleLive in Fort Smith. Many awards were given out and the winners can be seen below. If you missed the film festival, you can still catch The 2023 Virtual Fort Smith International Film Festival on Saturday, September 2, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Chill at home and watch local, regional, and international films from your couch. Catch the winning movies for only $10 at FortSmithFilm.com.

And the winners are:

Best Overall Film: COVER YOUR EARS  

Best of the River Valley: SOMEWHERE IN NOWHERE

Best Narrative Feature Film: GHOSTS OF THE VOID  

 

Best Documentary Feature Film: HOW TO THRIVE

Best Documentary Short Film: THE HILL WE CLIMB

Best Indigenous Film: WALLOWING BULL

Best People of Color Film: ONE PINT AT A TIME

Best International Film: COVER YOUR EARS

Best Local: ROCKIN BAKER

Best Animated Film: THE LONG RAIN

Best Regional Film: NEW WEST

Best Indigenous Film: WALLOWING BULL

 

Best People of Color Film: ONE PINT AT A TIME

Best International Film: COVER YOUR EARS

Best Local: ROCKIN BAKER

Best Animated Film: THE LONG RAIN

Best Regional Film: NEW WEST

Overall High School Film

Best Overall High School Film: 6 MINUTES: LIFETIME OF HONOR

Runner-up Overall High School Film: DIFFERENT, NOT LESS  

Third Overall High School Film: THE BOX

Regional High School Film

Best Regional High School Film: DIFFERENT, NOT LESS  

Runner-up Regional High School Film: UNTO THE MOUNTAINS

 

Best Short Film – Sci-Fi: L.I.F.E. IT'S WONDERFUL

Best Short Film – Drama: UNSOLVABLE

Best Short Film – Experimental: WHO ARE THEY?

Best Short Film – Romance – Bookish Award: A QUARTER OF SILENCE

Best Short Film – Comedy: SEVERE FEAR OF DROPPING EAR

Best Short Film – Action: ALL IN

Best College Short Film: MAGPIE

Best Music Video: TANKARD - I Wanted to be Vittorio

Best Short Film – International:  GASSMAN  

Top Screeners: SUE ROBINSON, RAIN STORY, SHERRI DRZWIECKI, DANIEL BLAINE, PATRICK CONRAD, RON BOWES, BONNIE KOLLER, MARILYN KNAPP, COLEEN BATEMAN

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