AWARDS 2017

1. BEST FEATURE:  "Palacios" Director Robert Herrera
2. BEST SHORT:   “Sweet Maddie Stone” Director Brady Hood
3. BEST DIRECTOR - FEATURE:   Laurent Micheli “Even Lovers Get the Blues”
4. BEST DIRECTOR - SHORT:   Steven Alexander Russell “Tastes Like Medicine”
5. BEST SCREENPLAY:   Shane Butler “The Fastest, Most Romantic Love Yet”
6. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:   Dino Osmanovic “Henry”
7. BEST ACTOR:  Mtume Gant “White Face”
8. BEST ACTRESS:  Libby Bibb “Palacios”
9. BEST DOCUMENTARY:  David Kessler “The Pine Barrens”
10. BEST LGBTQ SUBJECT:  “Out Here In Kansas” Director Adam Knapp
11. BEST HORROR / SCI FI:  “Don’t Feed The Troll” Director Marc Fratto
12. BEST ANIMATION:   “The Bonito is Finito” Director Victor Stabin
13. BEST COMEDY:  “Funeral Day” Director Jon Weinberg
14. BEST EXPERIMENTAL:  “La Tristesse Durera Toujours” Director Vincent de Giulio
15. BEST GRINDHOUSE:  “Terrence” Director Jeffrey Garcia
16. “ENFANT TERRIBLE” (Student Filmmaker Award):  Director Radheya Jegatheva “Journey”
17. SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT:  Director MYC Agnew “Alone: The Only Thing to Fear is Yourself”
18. SPECIAL JURY PRIZE:  Director Daniel Vogelmann “Hard Way: The Action Musical”
19. LOCAL HERO (PA Filmmaker Award):  Director Joe Sapienza “Centralia”
20. BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE:  Olajuwon Davis “Palacios”
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NOMINATIONS 2017

1. BEST FEATURE
Even Lovers Get the Blues
Funeral Day
Henry
Palacios
Quaker Oaths

2. BEST SHORT
Goliath
Leslie
Origami  
Silence
Sweet Maddie Stone

3. BEST DIRECTOR - SHORT
Leslie – Alejandro Montoya Marin
On Attend – Dimitri Sterkens
Silence- Dejan Mrkic
Sweet Maddie Stone – Brady Hood
Tastes Like Medicine – Steven Alexander Russell
Vindicte – Retalitation – Ange-Regis Hounkpatin

4. BEST DIRECTOR - FEATURE
Even Lovers Get The Blues – Laurent Micheli
Funeral Day – Jon Weinberg
Henry – Philipp Fussenegger
Palacios – Robert Herrera
Quaker Oaths – Louisiana Kreutz

5. BEST SCREENPLAY 
The Fastest, Most Romantic Love Yet
Funeral Day
Sweet Maddie Stone
Quaker Oaths
See You Yesterday

6. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir – Oliver Anderson
Fallen - Corrado Serri
Henry - Dino Osmanovic
January Hymn – Kate McCullough
Palacios – David Rocco

7. BEST ACTOR
Mtume Gant - Whiteface
Max Jenkins - The Mess He Made
Damion Rochester – Tastes Like Medicine
Branko Tomovic - RED
Jon Weinberg - Funeral Day

8. BEST ACTRESS
Charly Thorn - Silence
Eden Duncan-Smith - See You Yesterday
Jennifer Heylen – On Attend
Kika Magalhaes - Leslie
Libby Bibb - Palacios  

9. BEST DOCUMENTARY
Centralia
The Cost of Living
Ericka Stone: Street Scene
Out Here in Kansas
The Pine Barrens

10. BEST LGBTQ SUBJECT
Bride of Frankie
Even Lovers Get The Blues
The Mess He Made
Out here in Kansas
Relics 

11. BEST HORROR / SCI FI
Beware The Beast I Worship
Don't Feed the Troll
Earworm
I Baked Him A Cake
They Will All Die In Space

12. BEST ANIMATION
149th and Grand Concourse
Angelica
The Bonito is Finito
Journey

13. BEST COMEDY
The Fastest Romantic Love Yet
Funeral Day
Let's Get a Room
Monday
Pay Day
Quaker Oaths

14. BEST EXPERIMENTAL
The Cost of Living
Fallen
Fool's Chair
To Quiet My Mind
La Tristesse Durera Toujours

15. BEST GRINDHOUSE
Earworm
La Tristesse Durera Toujours
PMS: Pre Teen Monster Syndrome
The Swelling
Terrence

16. “ENFANT TERRIBLE” (YOUNG FILMMAKER AWARD) 
Angelica
The Fastest, Most Romantic Love Yet
For Isabelle
Journey
Necessity Has No Law

17. SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT
MYC Agnew - Alone: The Only Thing to Fear is Yourself
Jack Cochran & Pamela Falkenberg - The Cost Of Living
Henry Kaplan - We Together

18. SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Do You Like Me Now?
Hard Way: The Action Musical
See You Yesterday
Vindicte - Retalitation
We Together

19. LOCAL HERO (PA FILMMAKER AWARD)
Amy Frear - Selkie
Kate Kelsen - Little Red Truck
Wesley Mellott - Marbletown
Kelly Murray - The Astronomer
Joe Sapienza - Centralia
Eric Szollosy - Fools Chair

20. BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE
Jessica Barden -  Sweet Maddie Stone
Nino Böhlau - Henry
Olajuwon Davis - Palacios

Director David Kessler & The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra.   Best Documentary winner: "The Pine Barrens"

Director David Kessler & The Ruins of Friendship Orchestra.  
Best Documentary winner: "The Pine Barrens"

 

SUBMISSIONS

We prefer electronic submissions via FilmFreeway, an economical, eco-friendly alternative to hard-copy forms and DVD submissions.

However, you can also submit to us by mail or email.  Please send an inquiry to info@jimthorpeindiefilmfest.com for specific instructions.  

We accept shorts and feature length films & videos in all categories & genres.   

RULES

• All entries must be postmarked by April 26th, 2017 at the latest.  Entries received after this date cannot be considered.

• All projects must have been completed after January 1, 2015

• Entrant warrants that there are NO DISPUTES regarding the ownership of their film/project/screenplay. If there is ANY DISPUTE whatsoever, said film/project/screenplay will be disqualified. 

• Once accepted, all projects (prior to Festival screening and during its run) must not be available for sale, or available to watch in its entirety on You Tube, Vimeo, or any other website, free or otherwise. 

• Entrant(s) confirm(s) and warrant(s) required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry. 
• Entrant(s) will allow usage of clips from the entry and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web and at live Festival events.
• All decisions made by judges, programmers and organizers will be final, and NO REFUND of entry fee will be permitted.

• The Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF) reserves the right to remove a film, project, or screenplay from the festival program for any reason or for no reason, and shall not be liable for any refund or claims of any kind arising out of such removal. In case the film, project or screenplay in question is disqualified, or is unable to screen due to technical, or operational difficulties, or if your film needs to be rescheduled, delayed, or removed from the program for any reason, the filmmaker(s) (cast, crew, or anyone involved with the project in question) are not entitled to any refund or damage claims of any kind. 

By submitting to the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF) you must fulfill the following requirements by the date(s) designated by the Festival:

1. You must execute a release agreement wherein you (I) accept responsibility for obtaining any and all clearances necessary to exhibit your film at JTIFF; (II) warrant that you have the rights necessary to exhibit your film at JTIFF; (III) indemnify and hold harmless JTIFF, Todd Morris, Jocelyn Golarz, all JTIFF sponsors, including but not limited to the borough of Jim Thorpe, PA and any/all city departments, as well as JTIFF's affiliates, and subsidiaries and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, staff, volunteers, and representatives against any claim, including attorney's fees, arising out of exhibition, or non-exhibition of your film at JTIFF, and (IV) you warrant the submission of your original work and warrant that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the submission in question. 

2. You must deliver to the address(es) designated by the Festival (I) one exhibition copy of the invited work; (II) a second exhibition copy, if your film is in competition (to accommodate juror screenings); and (III) additional exhibition copies, if requested by the Festival (to allow for multiple screenings at more than one venue). We recommend you ship via courier in order to permit the tracking of your entry once it leaves your hands.

3. All exhibition copies must be delivered in DCP or Blu-ray format. The Festival will ship and pay for the return of DCP/Blu-ray exhibition copies to one location after the conclusion of JTIFF.

4. JTIFF cannot be held liable or responsible for any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, or royalty infringement. 

5. JTIFF reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason, or for no reason. We enforce this policy to ensure a secure, professional and convenient environment for all of our customers.

By submitting: You agree to indemnify, hold harmless from and defend JTIFF, Todd Morris, Jocelyn Golarz, JTIFF's affiliates, and subsidiaries, and any of their respective directors, officers, employees, and representatives against all claims, demand losses, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any film or project submitted to the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF), or rejected/removed/disqualified by the Jim Thorpe Independent Film Festival (JTIFF). 

GENERAL INFORMATION

SUBMIT AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE! This not only allows more time for consideration, but you will not run the risk of missing the deadline. 

Projects must be submitted on DVDs NTSC Region 0 or 1 or online.

Works in progress will NOT be considered.

LANGUAGE: All entries must be either in English or contain English subtitles.

Submission fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

DO NOT put stickers on DVDs as they can damage equipment and DVDs.

DVDs and/or screener discs will not be returned.

LOSS OR DAMAGE: Every precaution will be taken to safeguard all materials submitted while in the possession of the Festival. However, we cannot accept or assume responsibility in the event of loss or damage.