Winter Park Film Festival winners list

This year, the Winter Park Film Festival was held Sept. 9-8.
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Winter Park played the part of host to the innagural Winter Park Film Festival in early September. The festival was held at the Foundry Cinema & Bowl and showcased a collection of films, which attendees said left them impressed and feeling uplifted.

The festival brought together filmmakers and cinephiles alike.
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Over the span of two days, audiences were allowed to experience films of all genres, from action sports to thought-provoking documentaries, according to a press release from the Winter Park Film Festival.

Connor Nelson (pictured) says that he’s excited for an even more spectacular Winter Park Film Festival in the years to come.
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The festival’s disability category received an overwhelming amount of submissions and provided a chance for filmmakers with disabilities and/or films focused on the subject matter to be recognized.

The idea for a disability film category came in part from a friend of the festival director. Scott Klumb is an autistic filmmaker based in Boulder and said that a category devoted to disability films is a necessity.

The 2023 Winter Park Film Festival Award Winners are as follows:

  • “Left Right” by Samuel McMahon (Action Sports)
  • “Dreama Team” by Chad Weber and Steve Vanderheide (Documentary)
  • “Apayauq” by Zeppelin Zeerip (Documentary Short)
  • “That Time of the Month” by Ann Allsopp and Jason Strong (Student)
  • “Voluntariosa” by director Ted Hasser and producer Lauren Panasewicz (Disability)
  • “Sol Supernova” by co-directors Kimberly Mendiola and Alyssa Rodriguez (Youth)
  • “Captive” by co-directors Preston Peterson and Jason Boesch (Narrative Short)
  • “No No Girl” by Paul Daisuke Goodman (Narrative)

These films were selected for their unique perspective and storytelling prowess that captured the hearts and minds of festival goers according to a press release.

Todd Schlopy was the keynote speaker for the film festival. He is known for his work on “The Highwaymen,” “The Revenant” and “Transformers.”
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“Our inaugural year was such a success, I’m excited for next year’s festival, and I’m delighted our audiences enjoyed this one so much,” said Connor Nelson, the festival director.

He also made sure to thank his supporters and sponsors which included the Town of Fraser, Town of Winter Park, Grand Foundation, Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District and Winter Park Ski Resort.

For future updates make sure to keep up with the Winter Park Film Festival website.

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