NEW HOPE, Pennsylvania., September 14, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The New Hope Film Festival came back in full force this summer after postponing its 2020 schedule due to the COVID pandemic. Multiple protocols have been put in place for the safety of participants, including the ability to watch movies virtually. At the awards gala August 1, founder and president DF Whipple announced and presented the annual awards to a lively audience of filmmakers, making many light and entertaining remarks, but also praising their perseverance during the pandemic crisis.

The prestigious jury prize for best film was awarded to Silo. Produced by the past new Yorkauthor based Samuel goldberg and led by Marshal Burnette, the feature film is set on a rural American farm and seeks to raise awareness of farm safety. The film was distributed with Oscilloscope Films and is now available via video on demand. The award for best narrative feature was awarded to Dreamer, a psychological fantasy directed by Roman Olkhovka from Russian Federation. Best Short Film went to Seasoned Hollywood for P. Patrick hogan for his science fiction thriller Kill time. And the best documentary went to Uprooted – The Journey of Jazz dance by Khadifa Wong from United States.

Other jury prize winners included Subjects of desire (Director Jennifer holness, United States) in the Cultural Spirit category for her exploration of societal perspectives towards black women, My sister Hali (Paul Sheriff, United States), a biographical film about the tragic history of the gymnastics prodigy of the 1960s Sheriff of Hali, Best Foreign Film Silence (Erik Borner, Germany), Female Eye Filmmaking Award The dinner guest (Dale Griffiths Stamos, United States), Best TV Pilot Yellow (Sarah deakins, Canada), winner of the Indie Spirit Award Bangla Surf Girls (Elizabeth D. costa, Canada), New Hope Award Tsunami of new dreams (Isaac kerlow, United States), Best Alternative Film The Kings of Mulberry Street (Judy Naidoo, South Africa) and Best Comedy Blocked! (Omri Anghel, Lauren LeBeouf, United States). Los Angelescoxswains based Kirstie munoz and Heather brawley won the LGBTQ Spirit Award for his poetic and experimental short film Love Lenna, and Art mage: Art is not a consolation (David Berez, David wright, United States) added to the artistic vibe with an in-depth portrait of the eponymous pop culture artist.

Told by Martin sheen, The heart of Camden – The story of the father Michael doyle (Douglas clayton, United States) won the award for best short documentary with a civic message to ‘do your part’. On the darker side of life, the best horror thriller went to The Guardian (Bob celli, United States), the best sci-fi movie went to Night sky (Greg Rulfs, United States) and horror comedy Blue green (Jack Dentinger, United States) won the award for best experimental short film for a gender perspective of the 19th century england suspected serial killer Mary ann cotton. The event also celebrated musical culture, with the best music video Stormy (Michael barnett, United States), and animal cohabitants of our planet have had a voice through Animal Welfare Winner Flight in the desert (John Anzoni, Samia Staehle, United States).

The Audience Choice Awards, which are determined solely by poll results, included the short film inspired by the opioid crisis Hungry ghosts (Mark Borkowski, United States), documentary on criminal justice reform Life & Life (NC Heikin, United States), documentary on restorative practices Detroit Rising: How the Motor City Becomes a Restorative City (Cassidy friedman, United States), and a libertarian musical Last night in Vegas (J. Nicolas meese, United States). The latter also won the jury’s best student film award.

In addition, jury prizes were announced for the New hope Film Festival screenplay competition. The prize for best screenplay was awarded to Secret passage (Paul teese, United States), an ironic thriller set in modern times France. Also put in France, Winner of the best teleplay Forbidden: There was a war explores a secret love story that took place during WWII. The prize for the best alternative scenario was awarded to Triangle 146 (Diane Young Uniman, United States), the best sci-fi thriller went to Healing time (Jean Thibault, United States), the best action thriller went to Run for your life (Gregory JM Kasunich, United States), the best period script went to Red Sea (Rosalyn Rosen, United States) and the best short film went to About Nelson (Sahlima, United States).

The full list of winners and nominees, as well as movie premieres, are listed on the event’s official blog at

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