Rainier Independent Film Festival Announces This Year’s Winners

Rainier Lions Theater played host to RIFF 2015.

Rainier Lions Theater played host to RIFF 2015.

Photos courtesy of RIFF

Sunday night, May 17, concluded the 9th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival, held in Ashford, Washington. Over the course of the weekend attendees screened and scored over 30 films. This year’s winners, as determined by audience ballots and panel judging, are:

A Q&A with Tony Fulgham (left), director of "Secret,” and MC Warren Etheredge.

A Q&A with Tony Fulgham (left), director of ‘Secret,’ and MC Warren Etheredge.

  • Best Student FilmDiamonds in the Rough directed by Dominique Carino
  • Best Short DocumentaryRiding My Way Back directed by Robin Fryday & Peter Rosenbaum
  • Best DocumentaryWhen Giants Fall directed by Leslie Griffith
  • Best Short NarrativeFrom the Sky directed by Ian Ebright
  • Rainier Llama Award Secret directed by Tony Fulgham
  • Best Feature FilmImperial Dreams directed by Malik Vitthal
  • Audience FavoriteBooze Boys & Brownies directed by Veronica Mannion

There to accept their awards in person were Veronica Mannion from Los Angeles and Ian Ebright of Seattle. Tony Fulgham was in attendance earlier in the day but unable to stay for the awards ceremony.  Also in attendance throughout the weekend were several other filmmakers from New York, LA, Portland, and Seattle.

Veronica  Mannion was star/director/writer/songwriter for her first feature, 'Booze Boys & Brownies.'

Veronica Mannion was star/director/writer/songwriter for her first feature, ‘Booze Boys & Brownies.’

This year’s slate of films included work from four RIFF veterans. The high satisfaction rate of those new to the festival and those who keep coming back promises a future with continued veteran entries and attendance.

Repeatedly, an aspect people love about this festival is the unique and intimate conversations they are able to have with filmmakers and movie-goers alike. In a small mountain town where cell service is rare, the opportunity to tune in and be present presides. Projects in development and talk of inspired new ideas are commonplace throughout the weekend.

RIFF staff and filmmakers, including: Tonya M Skoog, John Adams, Nancy Dragun, Dustin Woodard, Luke Taylor, Warren Etheredge, Joe Aliberti, Heather Marie Bartels, Jude Freeman, Win Whittaker, Rocky, and Sarah Wheat Whittaker.

RIFF staff and filmmakers, including: Tonya M Skoog, John Adams, Nancy Dragun, Dustin Woodard, Luke Taylor, Warren Etheredge, Joe Aliberti, Heather Marie Bartels, Jude Freeman, Win Whittaker, Rocky, and Sarah Wheat Whittaker.

RIFF organizers have announced the dates for the 10th Annual Rainier Independent Film Festival – beginning Friday, May 13, and concluding Sunday, May 15, 2016.

For more information visit www.RainierFilmFest.com.

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