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2010 Best of Category

Best Children's Film A Tall Tale Having always yearned for acceptance, an outcast with freakishly long legs discovers she may be the key to the survival of the very kingdom that cast her aside.
Best Environmental Film Africa's Lost Eden Journey with National Geographic to Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park and discover what is being done to bring this Africa oasis back to its former glory- including perhaps the most ambitious restoration effort ever attempted, with elephants, hippos and scores of zebra, wildebeest, impala and buffalo being relocated into the park.
Best Student Short Big Brother Big Brother is the story of a younger sibling who is bullied by a group of arrogant teens. After his older brother drops him off at school one day, the bullies tussle Cole to the point where he trips and falls onto the concrete floor. Cole, hesitant to tell the older brother what happened, is caught with a cut on his cheek. Still he refuses to explain what happened. The older brother, highly suspicious now, hides the car and watches Cole on his way to school the next day, where he catches the bullies pushing him around again.
Special Jury Award Yogurt Cups Yogurt Cups is a closely observed film about a relationship between a retired widower and his caretaker in the rural area of the Czech Republic. Mr. Kolar, who lives on a farm, suffers from Parkinson's. When his spirited caretaker suggests alternative method of treatment to subside his tremors, he grumpily refuses until a chain of events makes him change his mind.
Best Short Film The Seventh Floor "The Seventh Floor" is a film noir about a self-serving private detective who will do almost anything to pay off his massive gambling debt. At its core, the film is concerned with the extent of man's greed as well as the possibility of his redemption. Also, it reflects on the past and present fears of Americans and how these fears can lead to regrettable and bigoted actions.
Best Student Film Chinese Antique Andy, a self-absorbed bratty teenager, is forced to work at the struggling Chinese antique shop owned by Kuo, a close family friend. Although he is rebellious and unwilling at first, Andy's attitude slowly changes as he begins to understand Kuo and the struggles he is faced with.
Special Jury Prize The Darkroom John, a divorced, old-school photographer, who has dedicated his life to the disciplines of his darkroom and art of photography, finds himself fighting for his craft and livelihood during the transition to the digital age. When his young manager gives him the ultimatum with the help from his estranged daughter, he is faced with a decision that will define him not only as an artist, but also as a father.
Best Experimental Film Fluorescent Gray Something bad is happening in the house of marriage. They promised not to know.
Special Jury Prize Le Grand Sault Wandering with her beloved near the rushing waterfall, a young woman has no idea that their peaceful meeting place will be the scene of immense turmoil.
Special Jury Prize Le Grand Sault Wandering with her beloved near the rushing waterfall, a young woman has no idea that their peaceful meeting place will be the scene of immense turmoil.
Best Music Video Let Me In In this music video for the Kelly Dalton song 'Let Me In,' a singer/songwriter (Dalton) returns to his hometown after a long tour, but soon realizes that he may be a stranger in his own town. He is haunted by the memories of the relationship with the girlfriend he left behind (Elisse Grubb), as he confronts his own guilt that his leaving may have had tragic consequences.
Best Documentary Skin Trade The deceptive and dirty fur industry is exposed through undercover investigations, footage and interviews from those within the industry itself, from activists, and from celebrities. 'Skin Trade' takes the viewer on a journey that will shock the consumer with regard to the fraud perpetrated on the unknowing public who wish to make informed choices when shopping.
Best Feature Sneakers and Soul After inheriting a pair of blue sneakers and a mysterious key to a New York City apartment, a young work-obsessed lawyer finds himself following in his late father's adventurous footsteps - walking from South Jersey to New York with his loyal, but complicated best friend.
Best Animated Film The Offering The modern era of computer animation meets an anciet tale of seduction. Is there anything that is not immune to a woman's powers, even golden statues?
Best Comedic Short Undying Love The zombie musical comedy love story which proves that true love can conquer all adversity... even the zombie related kind.
Best Screenplay When The Dogs Cried Out The story of Dawn, a girl who decides to flee her oppressive community of fundamentalist polygamists with the help of her brother.
Grand Jury Award Twice as Bright Actors Michael Robert Young and Carlotta Elektra Bosch bring their characters to life in this short motion picture that explores how to we say goodbye. Liam struggles with a crushing sense of despair after the loss of his wife Sofia. The story explores how Sofia's spirit shines on even after she is gone.
Special Jury Prize The Predator's Return Abe, a former concentration camp survivor, is a resident of a nursing home. The newest resident of the facility is the same Nazi officer that murdered his entire family 60 years earlier. A nightmare confrontation is about to take place. The film stars Hollywood legend, Warren Stevens, featured in such classics as "Forbidden Planet", "Star Trek", and Rod Serling's "Twilight Zone".
Best Foreign Film Kaas When Anica and Maroon meet it's love at first sight, everything seems perfect but then, during their roller coaster experience in Amsterdam, suddenly destiny interferes.
Special Jury Prize Grandfather A Grandfather awaits for his son's family to come visit him. He cleans and prepares to enjoy the time. However, things go much differently than he expected.
Special Jury Prize Grandfather A Grandfather awaits for his son's family to come visit him. He cleans and prepares to enjoy the time. However, things go much differently than he expected.
Best Alternative Documentary 2012: Time for Change 2012: Time For Change is a documentary feature that presents ways to transform our unsustainable society into a regenerative planetary culture, through a personal and global change of consciousness and the systemic implementation of ecological design.
Best Director, Chris Ordal Earthwork Earthwork is the true story of real life crop artist Stan Herd who plants his unique, rural art form in New York City with the help of a group of homeless characters on a plot of land owned by Donald Trump.


2010 Screenplay Competition Winners

Grand Prize Winners

  • 1st Place: The Kiarsidia (Written by Bruce Golde)
  • 2nd Place: There Are No Superheroes (Written by Benjamin Bates)
  • 3rd Place: Walk on Water (Written by Keith Reagan)

Official Commendations

  • Carla (Written by Christoph Schinko)
  • Genome (Written by Andrew Glasgow)
  • The McSatans (Written by James Tuverson)
  • Beaten Path (Written by Vince Cosentino)
  • Claim Denied (Written by William Roth)
  • H2Love (Written by Frances Key)

Official Finalists

  • Unavenged (Written by Adam Whitaker)
  • Awakening (Written by Cheryl Farr)
  • Twilight of Youth (Written by Jerald Fine)
  • Dictator for Life (Written by Gregory Heitmann)
  • According to the Surgeon General (Written by Benjamin Bates)
  • Mere-Cats (Written by Scott Liapis)
  • Three and A Half Men (Written by Jenna Ryan)
  • Don Q (Written by Richard Alvarez)
  • Hide Fox (Written by Gary & James Lantz)
  • Sound of Silence (Written by Jorge Malpica)

Short Script Competition

  • 1st Place: Keemo The Archer ( Written by Mark Winzer)
  • 2nd Place: Requiem (Written by Leonard Wayne Short)
  • 3rd Place: Lightning in the Bottle (Written by Drew Hall and Lia Hotchkiss)


2010 John Muir Award Winners

Animation Competition

  • Travesty City
  • Incredible Story Of My Great Grandmother Olive
  • Mugs

Documentary Competition

  • First Flight
  • Expedition Inspiration
  • RESCUE MEN - The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers
  • Do No Harm
  • Gus: An American Icon
  • Vancouver Vagabond
  • Seven Giant Waves

Environmental Film Competition

  • Simple Question: The Story of STRAW
  • Trout on the Wind
  • Recycle Me
  • Atlantic Crossing: a Robot's Daring Mission
  • DESSICATOR
  • Arctic Cliffhangers

Feature Film Competition

  • War Stories
  • I am Bish
  • On Her Own
  • Moment of Truth: The Andy Meyers Story
  • Dispensables

Music Video Competition

  • Seahorse
  • Animal
  • Ninety Two Point Seven

Short Film Competition

  • Moments
  • Mind The Gap
  • Chonic Pain
  • Mayfly
  • Summer Snapshot
  • Toy Soldier
  • Little Wet Things
  • Skip Yowell Story
  • Given To Walk
  • Journey of a Paper Son

Student Film Competition

  • Los Estrandados
  • Big Break
  • Broken System
  • Gravity Never Sleeps

Television Pilot Competition

  • American Surf Design
  • Hard to Be Me


2010 Silver Seirra Award Winners

Animation Film Competition

  • Henhouse
  • Elf Sparkle Meets Christmas The Horse
  • Twenty Four Dollars

Documentary Film Competition

  • Kalandia - a Checkpoint story
  • From the Badlands to Alcatraz
  • Shark Con
  • Dumbstruck
  • Beyond the Wall
  • Anne Perry - Interiors

Environmental Film Competition

  • Walk In The Clouds
  • Bridge to Puerto Rico
  • Wind Uprising
  • Life Ascending
  • Chestnut tree and the River
  • Irate Birdwatcher

Feature Film Competition

  • By Love and Art Scarred
  • Zombie Beach
  • I Am Here Now
  • Pink Teddy
  • Demon Shadow

Music Video Competition

  • When I Saw You
  • Silence of the Sea
  • Christmas In Our Village

Short Film Competition

  • Mercy-Less
  • Double Dilemma
  • Appellation
  • One Man's Goal
  • Phantom Font
  • STAIRS
  • Shortened
  • Red Sunflwers
  • Black Diamond
  • Twilight of Youth

Student Film Competition

  • Still Life
  • Tundra
  • Man Behind the Curtain
  • No Pity
  • Gerald In Fall
  • Not Worth A Bullet

Television Pilot Competition

  • Learning Curves


2010 El Capitan Awards

Animation Competition

  • Lunch
  • Genesis

Documentary Competition

  • It Is Epilepsy: The Challenges & Promises of Automated Seizure Control
  • Flowers of Madison
  • UNTOUCHABLE
  • Nothing Rhymes with Ngapartji
  • Modern Day Slaves - OFW Overseas Foreign Workers
  • Ghost Bird

Environmental Film Competition

  • Lurking in the Trees
  • I stopped for a turtle this morning . . .
  • Unlimited: Renewable Energy in the 21st Century
  • Stepping into the Stream
  • Sick-Amour
  • Imiqutailaq: Path of the Arctic Tern

Feature Film Competition

  • Day in the Life of Mister O
  • Zapping-Alien@Mozart-Balls
  • RX BoNsH
  • How to Survive
  • Jackrabbit Sky

Music Video Competition

  • One Who Sees Me
  • Dagnese 'Come Over After'
  • Christmas Is Coming

Short Film Competition

  • Huntin'
  • Our Secret Season
  • Pilgrimage
  • Kilo
  • Broken
  • Inside Out/Side One
  • Right Here, Right Now
  • Male Order Bride
  • Aphasia
  • Wombat

Student Film Competition

  • Black Crayon
  • Breadwinner
  • Stop. Think. Rewind.
  • Strangers

Television Pilot Competition

  • Boys Who Brunch