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:
- Best Student Film – Diamonds in the Rough directed by Dominique Carino
- Best Short Documentary – Riding My Way Back directed by Robin Fryday & Peter Rosenbaum
- Best Documentary – When Giants Fall directed by Leslie Griffith
- Best Short Narrative – From the Sky directed by Ian Ebright
- Rainier Llama Award – Secret directed by Tony Fulgham
- Best Feature Film – Imperial Dreams directed by Malik Vitthal
- Audience Favorite – Booze 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.
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 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.