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*** LATEST NEWS *** April 16, 2021
2021 Award Winners Announced (See Awards & Prizes section)

Get tickets to a diverse and inclusive slate of films. including: 6 feature films (41 minutes or more), 16 short films (40 minutes or less) and 7 short films shot on mobile devices.

Enjoy comedy, drama and insight into the theme of Race, Equity and Inclusion. And join us for the films, panel discussions, awards and to vote for the audience favorites. Discussions will be open to live chat, polls and Q&A.

Grab a ticket for one day or both and join us for the first Mountain View International (Inclusive) Film Festival.

-> Meet our judges and panelists:
Shekhar Bassi (pictured)
Renan Franzen (pictured)
Alka Roy (pictured)
Shawn Sykora
Rene Mendoza
Grim D. Reaper

*** About Us ***
We are all about inclusivity and diversity.

Performing Arts is our passion, and we are always looking for new ways to support access for all. By showcasing the works of filmmakers, connecting them to panelists in their field and celebrating diversity and inclusion, we hope to light the spark that opens up a whole new generation of ideas, imagination and unconventional approaches to storytelling.

This year's theme "Race, equity and inclusion" is at the core of our mission. We encourage filmmakers to express what this means to them in whatever genre they wish to explore, including: action/adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, documentary, mockumentary, animation or something more experimental.

Filmmakers will be able to connect with peers, experts and personalities. Audience members will be able to watch the process, participate in after-film discussions and vote for their favorite film entries.

2021 Award Winners Announced

We would like to thank and congratulate the submitters, casts and talented people who made these incredible works. In our lengthy deliberation discussions, it was felt by the judges that the film selections did not meet some of the criteria for the award categories proposed. HOWEVER, the selections did make us rethink how to best recognize the pieces that you have shared with us.

With that, we would like to congratulate the 2021 winners.

Best Feature, Best Director, Jury Award (Male Lead):
Unsettled (Iran)

Best Music, Best Documentary:
One Voice: The story of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (USA)

Best Mobile Short, Honorable Mention (Performer):
The Early Bird (USA)

Best Male Lead, Best Choreography:
WeAIght (USA)

Best Social Awareness Short:
Purple Skin (USA)

Best Female Lead:
Phoenix (USA)

Best Documentary Short:
PreetiRang (USA)

Best Cinematography:
Silk’s Balance (France)

Best Social Justice Short:
Standing In The Blink Of A Night: For Casey Goodson Jr (USA)

Honorable Mention(s):
I was, I am. (USA) - Use of theme
Without a Paddle (Canada) - Cinematography
Cam (USA) - Social Awareness
For Whom the Bell Tolls (USA) - Creativity/Originality
Condemned by Inaction (USA) - Youth Film
Prosperity Creek - Quarantine Cut (USA) - Female Lead (and best use of storyboarding)
(note from judges: "We are really looking forward to the final version, but some of us
also enjoyed the storyboard action sequence.")

Nominee(s):
Black Lives Matter (USA) - Use of theme and Creativity/Originality
Higher Education (Why We’re Downing) (USA) - Student film
Timothy (USA) - Use of theme
Father, daughter and old woman (Spain) - Creativity/Originality

Selected for Screening (Also Eligible for Audience Award):
The Great Way (Spain)
Niceville (USA)
The View from Down Here (UK)
George Floyd: Say Their Names (Video) (USA)
Hey Joe (USA)
Wade in the Water (USA)
Miles to Go (USA)

Special thanks and mentions to:
Pamilya Braces (UAE/Philippines) - including breaking the 4th wall in the boyfriend breakup scene
A Double-edged Sword (Canada) - including a bass-playing cameo from the writer/director and the enjoyable credits that we watched to the end

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Publicity: Images, trailers and reproducible still images may be used in festival programs and publicity materials, including for use by media.

Archives: We keep the winning entries for the festival's archives and future festival promotions.

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