2020 Hero Film Festival & Awards

Quarterly Awardees
September Session 2019

Hero Film Festival & Awards | About Hero Film Festival & Awards | HFFA | HeroFilmFest.orgHero Film Festival & Awards has transitioned from a quarterly competition to a full-fledged annual film festival with live showings in Hampton Roads of Virginia. Festival dates are April 3-4, 2020. 

These inaugural season quarterly winners also qualify for the April 2020 HFFA event and annual awards.

Deadlines for entry for the 2020 festival extend through February 15, 2020. Submit your film today!

Best Narrative Feature

The Elephant In the Room

-USA-

Director | Allen Freeman
Writer | Bonnie Freeman
Producer | Tamir Gedalia
Producer | Niko Vitacco

Best Documentary Feature

When All That's Left Is Love

-USA-

Director | Eric Gordon
Producer | Eric Gordon
Composer | Nathan Halpern

Filmmaker Eric Gordon is a multi-award winning Director-Producer.

Nathan Halpern's credits include nationally-released The Rider
and 2019 Academy Award Nominee Minding the Gap.
Halpern is also an Emmy-nominated composer,
named one of IndieWire’s “Composers to Watch.”

Poster for "When All That's Left Is Love" | © Eric Gordon | Used with permission

Best Director - Short

Saved - Escape from Kim's Regime

-Norway-

Director | Thea Elisabeth Haavet

Director Thea Elisabeth Haavet is a career journalist and filmmaker.

Best Documentary Short

Fraser Syndrome & Me

-USA-

Creator | Kyle Anne Grendys
Composer | Patty Walters
Editor | Kyle Anne Grendys
Artist | Rachel Waters
Assistant Editor | Richard Wilkerson
Assistant Editor | Josh Mallett
Assistant Editor | Maggie Rosario

Kyle Anne Grendys is a multi-award winning filmmaker.

Fraser Syndrome & Me | Poster | Hero Film Festival & Awards | HeroFilmFest.org

Best Director - Feature

Sharkwater Extinction

-France-

Director | Rob Stewart
Writer | Rob Stewart
Producer | Brian Stewart
Producer | Sandra Campbell
Producer | Patrice Theroux

Tragically, while shooting Sharkwater Extinction in 2017,
Director/Writer Rob Stewart was killed in a diving accident in the Florida Keys.

Best Experimental Short

You're Going to Ruin His Life

-USA-

Director | Lauren "LJ" James
Writer | Lauren "LJ" James
Producer | Lauren "LJ" James
Cinematographer | James Frederick
Cinematographer | Hayley Haines (First AC)

Youre Going to Ruin His Life Film Poster | Hero Film Festival & Awards | HeroFilmFest.org

Best Editing

A Touch of Sugar

-USA-

Director | Ani Simon-Kennedy
Producer | Kerry Girvin
Narrator | Viola Davis

Narrator Viola Davis is an Academy Award Winning Actress,
as well as a winner of an Emmy and two Tony Awards.

Best New Filmmaker

Out of the Woods

-USA-

Producer | ODU Film Club
Director | Tyler Jones
Writer | Tyler Jones
Director of Photography | Christy Stevens
1st Assistant Director | Chris Conner
1st Assistant Director | Darin Dixson, Jr.
Editor | Jake Brinn
Production Designer | Molly Simpson
Associate Producer | Shelby Johnson
Costume Design | Tyler Jones

Out of the Woods | Film Poster | Hero Film Festival & Awards | HeroFilmFest.org

Best Costume & Make-Up

Out of the Woods

-USA-

Producer | ODU Film Club
Director | Tyler Jones
Writer | Tyler Jones
Director of Photography | Christy Stevens
1st Assistant Director | Chris Conner
1st Assistant Director | Darin Dixson, Jr.
Editor | Jake Brinn
Production Designer | Molly Simpson
Associate Producer | Shelby Johnson
Costume Design | Tyler Jones

Out of the Woods | Film Poster | Hero Film Festival & Awards | HeroFilmFest.org

Best Short Narrative

Coup de Feu a Los Albaricoques
[Gunshot in Los Albaricoques]

-France-

Filmmaker | Jéremie Schellaert
Director of Photography | Stephane Abenaqui
Camera | Jeremie Schellaert
Music | Benjamin de Roubaix
Principal Actor | Jimmy Conchou

Best Original Music Score

Coup de Feu a Los Albaricoques
[Gunshot in Los Albaricoques]

-France-

Filmmaker | Jéremie Schellaert
Director of Photography | Stephane Abenaqui
Camera | Jeremie Schellaert
Music | Benjamin de Roubaix
Principal Actor | Jimmy Conchou

Best Actor

Coup de Feu a Los Albaricoques
[Gunshot in Los Albaricoques]

-France-

Filmmaker | Jéremie Schellaert
Director of Photography | Stephane Abenaqui
Camera | Jeremie Schellaert
Music | Benjamin de Roubaix
Principal Actor | Jimmy Conchou

Best Cinematography

Dear Enemy | The Journey of Bashir

-Germany-

Director | Arne Totz
Producer | Thomas Rentschler
Producer | Tobias Bucher
Director of Photography | Paul Meyers
Editor | Matt Osborne
Composer | Jakob Balogh
Colorist | Marina Starke

 

Revolutionary Award | Cause-Related Action

Dear Walmart

-USA-

Director | Kiley Kraskouskas
Director | Michael Blain
Producer | Kiley Kraskouskas
Producer | Michael Blain
Producer | Arleen McGlade
Editor | Leola Calzolai-Stewart