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Best Filmmaker 

Andy Smetanka

Last year Andy Smetanka raised over $32,000 on Kickstarter to make an animated film about World War II called And We Were Young. Smetanka is known for a lot of things—writing, teaching, delicious coffee-making—but his distinctive silhouette films, in all their blazing colors and fairytale charm, are something to behold. Smetanka has been on a roll in recent years, showing up with a short film at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival and as an artist-in-residence for a time at Missoula Art Museum. He even made a titillating animated pornographic short that screened at Seattle’s Hump! Festival. (Genitals aside, it was the Dutch clogs that really made it great.) His carefully cut silhouettes—complicated planes, trees, soldiers, weapons, etc.—and his frame-by-frame work with a Super8 camera make him one of the hardest-working filmmakers around. Andy Smetanka: vimeo.com/andysmetanka

Finalists, Best Filmmaker


2. Doug Hawes-Davis: highplainsfilms.org

3. TIE:

Gita Saedi Kiely: vimeo.com/westofkin

Paige Williams: porchproductions.net


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