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144
Directors Jenna Contreras, Lauren Stowell
Spotlight Gold Award


"1" The Message
Director Judit Papp

Spotlight Bronze Award


1/10 Listening to Fukushima 2019
Director Yo Kohatsu

Spotlight Gold Award

22 Open Books
Director Héctor Molina

Spotlight Silver Award


35 Days
Director Nicholas Manting Brewer

Spotlight Gold Award

80.000 Schnitzel
Director Hannah Schweier

Spotlight Gold Award


86ED
Director J.J. Hendricks

Spotlight Gold Award


A Contact
Director K. Sarkyte

Spotlight Silver Award


A Cure for the Common Classroom
Director Andy Hourahine

Spotlight Gold Award


A Fallow Year
Director Dina Jane Rudick
Spotlight Gold Award


A Man in Chain

Director Alireza Mirasadollah

​Spotlight Platinum Award


​An Artist's Duty
Director Elyssa Walsh

Spotlight Gold Award

An Encounter With Banting

Director Isabelle Depelteau

Spotlight Gold Award



Artes Liberales 2 - The Value of Leadership
Director Ceng Chen

Spotlight Bronze Award


As Organism (Episode 1/ BrainDagger Films Presents: Knowledge is Good)
Directors Moe Taylor, Kathry

Spotlight Gold Award

As We Are Planted
Director Anna Lee Ackermann

Spotlight Gold Award


Babylon: Ghetto, Renaissance, and Modern Oblivion
Director Jessica Gould

Spotlight Gold Award

Bar Sepia
Director Montgomery Mauro

Spotlight Silver Award


BCTC Pandemic
Submitter Steph Fitch

Spotlight Silver Award


Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly
Director Kim Smith

Spotlight Gold Award

Behind The Burning Vines
Director Will Twomey

Spotlight Gold Award


Black Bauhinia
Director Malte Philipp Kaeding

Spotlight Gold Award


BRASS
Director Anuj Jamadagn

Spotlight Gold Award

Built lands
Director Arturo Dueñas Herrero

Spotlight Gold Award


BUMPASS
Director Brent Bartholomew

Spotlight Bronze Award


Burning The Village
Director Liz Mcbee

Spotlight Gold Award


By Your Side
Directors Debbie Africa, Mike Africa Sr.

Spotlight Silver Award


Camino de SANGJARU
Director Park Cheolwoo

Spotlight Bronze Award


Camping Life (the ephemeral city)
Director Josep Perez

Spotlight Silver Award

Child Support: The Scorn or The Absent
Director Matthew Sanders

Spotlight Bronze Award


Chira
Director Tela Moss

Spotlight Gold Award


Cliff: a portrait of an artist
Director Adam Brooks

Spotlight Gold Award


CODA
Director Hallie Haller

Spotlight Gold Award


Columbus in Cuba
Directors Nicolette Swift, Matt Swift

Spotlight Gold Award

Country and Courage
Director Rodney Roldan

Spotlight Silver Award


Crossing the Bridge: Discovering Mutual Language in Siberia
Director Marek Ryszard Dojs

Spotlight Gold Award


Cultivating the Wild: William Bartram's Travels
Directors Scott Auerbach, Eric Breitenbach & Dorinda G. Dallmeyer 

Spotlight Gold Award


Dajla: cinema and oblivion
Director Arturo Dueñas Herrero

Spotlight Gold Award

Dan Loves Butterflies
Director Zach Putnam

Spotlight Gold Award

Dante Barksdale's Last Act
Directors Zachary Slingsby, James Fitzgerald

Spotlight Silver Award


Debut
Director Connor Hopkins

Spotlight Silver Award


Dear Thalia
Director Rex Moribe

Spotlight Silver Award

Die Kunst
Director Jamie Roberts

​Spotlight Silver Award

Directing Remotely and Filmmaking During the Pandemic: The Making of #MyCorona
Director Kirk Zeller

Spotlight Silver Award

Djäkamirr:caretaker of pregnancy and birth
Directors Ḻäwurrpa Maypila

Spotlight Gold Award


Dorina
Director Atanas Kiryakov

Spotlight Bronze Award


Dream Big: Natasha
Director Mykyta Novokhatskyy

Spotlight Bronze Award


DRIVEN
Director Pedro McCardell

Spotlight Gold Award

Duckman
Director Kaixin Aethelu Wang

Spotlight Gold Award

Educating Leaders in an Uncertain World: The McGowan Fellowship
Director Matt Landfield

Spotlight Silver Award


EK RAJPUT KISAN The Real Story
Directors Dr. Bhawani Singh

Spotlight Bronze Award


Eleven Weeks
Directors Anna Kuperberg , Julie Caskey

Spotlight Gold Award


Emotional Journey
Director Yang Fei

Spotlight Silver Award

Empty America
Director Joel Bryant

Spotlight Bronze Award


Father
Director Deng Wei

Spotlight Bronze Award

Fighting for Daybreak
Director Jason Head

Spotlight Silver Award


Final Words of WWII
Director Kevin McAfee


Finding Palemahan
Director Jillian Li

Spotlight Gold Award


Fog Likely Farm: An Appalachian Story
Directors Anne Ward & Chip Williams

Spotlight Silver Award 


For Love of the Land
Director Cynthia Matty-Huber

Spotlight Gold Award


From Milan to the World
Director Vincenzo Schioppa

Spotlight Gold Award


Full Circle
Director Anne Via McCollough

Spotlight Gold Award


Gaucho Americano 
Director Nicolás Molinad

Spotlight Platinum Award 


Generation 94
Director Gemma Capdevila

Spotlight Gold Award

Glimpses
Director Guy Pigden

Spotlight Silver Award


Good Intentions
Director Andres Villasenor

Spotlight Platinum Award


GOSIA@TOMEK
Director Christine Jezior

Spotlight Platinum Award


Greener Pastures
Directors Sruthi S Menon, Sajesh Mohan

Spotlight Gold Award


Growing Peace in the Middle East
Director Steven Hoffen

Spotlight Bronze Award


Gus Alva | Paradigm+++Mas
Director Vic Huber

Spotlight Gold Award


Heaven on Earth
Director Robert Hope

Spotlight Platinum Award


Hempdemic2020
Director Aviva Vuvuzela

Spotlight Bronze Award


Homeless Not Hopeless
Director Changhee Chun

Spotlight Silver Award


How Speaking About Suicide Can Save Lives
Director Marissa Dingman

Spotlight Gold Award


I am a Black Sculptor
Director Robin van Erven Dorens

Spotlight Gold Award


I am Samuel
Director Pete Murimi

Spotlight Silver Award

IF I'VE WON IF I'VE LOST
Director Gian Luca Rossi

Spotlight Gold Award


Installation City
Director Songqiao Zhao, Wu Tong 

Spotlight Gold Award

Instrument of Peace; the Brother Gabriel Story
Director Nolan Uebelhor

Spotlight Gold Award


Isonology
Director Thomas Hibner

Spotlight Silver Award


Is Your Story Making You Sick?
Director Frances Causey

Spotlight Silver Award


I Want My Kid Back: Treating Emotional Dysregulation
Director Celia Tewey

Spotlight Bronze Award


I Want To Buy a House
Director Mya Saree' Gray

Spotlight Bronze Award


Jayro
Director Wojciech Lorenc

Spotlight Silver Award


Jim Allison: Breakthrough
Director Bill Haney

Spotlight Gold Award


Kontrast: Rhythm Delucco
Director Jon Meyer

Spotlight Bronze Award

Last of the Lakers
Director Terry Ayrault

Spotlight Bronze Award


Last of Us: The Last Fishermen of the Lake
Director Andrea Marcovicchio

Spotlight Gold Award


Leaving Tracks
Director Nick Davis

Spotlight Platinum Award


Let Me Ride
Directors Benjamin Muñoz Alonso, Pablo Álvarez Villaver

Spotlight Gold Award

Liar-In-Chief: A Chronicle of the Trump Presidency Through the Eyes of An Outraged Graphic Artist
Director M Kaplan

Spotlight Bronze Award


Life and Tacos
Director Anil Dhoka

Spotlight Gold Award


Line of Sight | Timothy C. Ely
Director Doug S. Garnett

Spotlight Gold Award


Lorton
Director Richard Schertzer

Spotlight Bronze Award


Lost for Words
Director Jordan Cantello

Spotlight Silver Award


Love & Stuff
Director Judith Helfand

Spotlight Gold Award


Magpies & UFO's
Director Kirk Ronald Cameron

Spotlight Silver Award


Matriarch
Director Martin Krafft

Spotlight Silver Award

Mentality
Director Garret Morgan

Spotlight Silver Award


MILKED
Director Amy Taylor

Spotlight Gold Award


Miss Flores
Director Juliana Toloza Serna 

Spotlight Platinum Award


Missing in Brooks County 
Directors Lisa Molomot, Jeff Bemiss

Spotlight Platinum Award


Mr. Emancipation : The Walter Perry Story
Director Preston Chase

Spotlight Silver Award

My Brother Luis
Director Zani Wilson

Spotlight Silver Award


My Gypsy Road
Director Vilma Kartalska

Spotlight Silver Award


My journey to the Everest.
Directors Hernán Leal , Thomas Hardy

​Spotlight Gold Award

My Rembetika Blues - A film about love, life and Greek music
Director M.Zournazi

​Spotlight Gold Award


NAYA: DAVID KIM
Directors AJ Valente, Janice Chung 

Spotlight Silver Award


Oh, Mother of Mine
Director Anna Rawls

Spotlight Silver Award


Old-Growth Murder
Director Tom Olsen

​Spotlight Gold Award

Once Upon Amsterdam
Director Rene Smaal

Spotlight Bronze Award


OSHIKA - Winds Of Change
Director Kim Myoungyoon

​Spotlight Gold Award

Out of Exile - The Photography of Fred Stein
Directors Peter Stein, Dawn Freer

Spotlight Silver Award


Pieces of Us
Director Cheryl Allison

Spotlight Silver Award

Positive for Huntington's
Directors Karam Gamal El Din, Yousef Gamal El Din

Spotlight Gold Award


Poteet
Director Kiley Josey

Spotlight Silver Award

Placeholders
Director Ele Mun

Spotlight Gold Award


Project Antarctica - Easter Island Extension
Director Evan Michael Gering

Spotlight Silver Award


PSAGOT RAMALLAH
Director Binyamin Haneman

Spotlight Silver Award


Radio Theatre For Your Soul, A Docu-Story
Director Shonnese C. L. Coleman

Spotlight Silver Award


RENACERES
Director Lucas Figueroa

Spotlight Gold Award


Reparations
Director Jon Osaki

Spotlight Silver Award


Rez Metal
Director Ashkan Soltani Stone

Spotlight Silver Award

Rigged
Directors Tracy MacDonald, Jill Thacker, Jim Wolfston, Matt Zodrow

Spotlight Gold Award


Rival Queens
Director Anton Armendariz Diaz

Spotlight Gold Award


Rolling
Director Andrew Neylon

Spotlight Gold Award

Salvatore Del Deo
Director Gleb Piryatinskiy

Spotlight Silver Award


Saving Earth: Turkey's Taurus Mountains
Director Abed Ahmed

Spotlight Gold Award


Saving Juliette
Director Evey Wilson Wetherbee

Spotlight Silver Award


Shaolin
Director Alec Palumbo

Spotlight Gold Award


SHEROD
Director William Feagins, Jr.

Spotlight Silver Award


Show Time
Director Zhang Qiusi

Spotlight Silver Award


Silenced, as mercury rises
Director Karl Talbot

Spotlight Silver Award


Six bucks and more dragons (F.U.N) Far Up North
Director Luka Raubenheimer

Spotlight Gold Award


Small Town Pride
Directors Chelle Turingan, Riley Sparks

Spotlight Gold Award


Smoke and Baloney
Director Shirley Moore

Spotlight Silver Award


Sonora
Director Johnny Holder

Spotlight Gold Award


Sound of Judgment
Director Julia Wall

Spotlight Gold Award

Sounds of the Sidewalk (A Journey of Goodbye)
Directors Michele Zousmer, Benjamin Huerta Cristobal

Spotlight Silver Award


Spokespeople
Director Ryan Mekenian

Spotlight Gold Award


Stand For Hannah
Director Roger Maunder

Spotlight Silver Award

Strength Among Us
Director Taha Ovacı

Spotlight Gold Award


Suicidal Alentejo
Directors Nuno Martini, David André

Spotlight Gold Award


Ted
Director Zixin Zhang

Spotlight Silver Award

The Adventures at Comic-Con
Director Jason Brown

Spotlight Silver Award


The Attached
Directors Christopher Saint Booth & Philip Adrian Booth

Spotlight Gold Award

The Birth & History of Western Swing
Director Mike Markwardt

Spotlight Gold Award


The Blue and White in Me
Director Daniel Castro

Spotlight Gold Award


THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT. FROM COLMENAR VIEJO TO THE ANTARCTICA
Director Jovi Maco

​Spotlight Gold Award


The Champ of Champs
Director Brian Johnston

Spotlight Gold Award

The Collins Story - Connecting the Moon to the Earth: Live from the Moon

Director Annette Juergens Busbee

Spotlight Gold Award


​The Collins Story - Connecting the Moon to the Earth: Steps to the Moon
Director Annette Juergens Busbee

Spotlight Gold Award


The Education Revolution
Directors Brayton Deal, Robert Simpson

Spotlight Gold Award

The First Jewish Surfer
Director Brett Malin

Spotlight Gold Award


The Five Priests
Director Chris Charles Scott

Spotlight Gold Award


The Fruit of the Fungi
Director Clea Cullen

Spotlight Silver Award


The Game Is Up: Disillusioned Trump Voters Tell Their Stories
Director Melissa Jo Peltier

Spotlight Gold Award


The Good Life
Director Carolyn Wilson

Spotlight Broze Award


The Hunt: In Search for Australias Big Cats
Director Stu Ross

Spotlight Gold Award


The Invisible Project
Director Pacifica J. Sauer

Spotlight Gold Award

The Long Shadow
Director Frances Causey

Spotlight Gold Award

The Making of a Cheer Team
Director Jason Harney

Spotlight Bronze Award


The Man From Boggy Creek
Directors Scott McKinnon,  Paul Glover

Spotlight Silver Award


The Mighty Hard Rocker
Director Abdul Stone Jackson
Spotlight Silver Award


The Missing
Director Jary Nemo

Spotlight Silver Award


The Missing and Murdered
Director Zeke Hanson

Spotlight Gold Award


The Piano Man- Johnny D'Angelo
Director Christopher W. Hurst

Spotlight Silver Award

The Purple Thanaka of the Angels
Director Borit Yannick

Spotlight Silver Award


The Return: A Covid-19 Story
Director Jeffrey Huang

Spotlight Bronze Award


The Secret Of Survival
Director Abes Borhan

Spotlight Silver Award

The Shoulders of Giants
Director Quinn Early

Spotlight Gold Award


The Soul of Motion
Directors Eduardo Baggio, Juslaine Abreu-Nogueira

Spotlight Silver Award

The Story Coat
Director Carinne Leduc

Spotlight Gold Award


THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF LIFTING
Director Frank Chen

​Spotlight Silver Award


The Unisexuals
Director Katie Garrett

Spotlight Gold Award

The United States of Fashion Designer Elie Tahari
Director David Serero

Spotlight Gold Award

This Is Our School
Directors Iqbal Barkat, Maree Delofski

​Spotlight Silver Award

Tipping The Pain Scale
Director Jeff Reilly
Spotlight Gold Award


Transcend : A Boogie Frantick Story
Director Conrad Kaczor

Spotlight Silver Award


Turning Man - 81RPM
Director Robin Trouillet

Spotlight Silver Award

Two Different Eyes
Directors Juho Lee,  Juseung Lee

Spotlight Gold Award


Two Sides of Survival
Directors Amanda Pope, Violet Du Feng

Spotlight Silver Award


Uncaught
Directors Paul Kelly, Shabbir Ghadiali

Spotlight Silver Award

USA on Parade: 2019
Directors Dale Johnson, Kat Holms

Spotlight Silver Award


Welcome to the Dollhouse
Director Elizabeth Miller-Derstine

Spotlight Platinum Award


Who Cares About DC?
Director Stephen Kolb

​Spotlight Silver Award


Winter in Antarctica
Director Paul North

​Spotlight Silver Award

With the sea in your eyes
Director Paolo Magris
Spotlight Silver Award


Words from the ZAD
Director Matthieu Ponchel

Spotlight Gold Award


Y?
Directors Danilo Milovanović, Neža Knez, Toni Poljanec, Luka Erdani

Spotlight Gold Award

You Can't Leave Because You Can't Leave
Director John Paul Henry
Spotlight Silver Award

















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