In 2017, the Future Filmmakers showcase took place on October 15th at McMenamins during the BendFilm Festival. BendFilm Festival Jurors, BendFilm Programmer Erik Jambor and Director Todd Looby attended to give our young filmmakers the full festival treatment. As always, the event was free and open to the public.
All of the participants are talented and promising young filmmakers. We cannot wait to see their Future Films! Congratulations to:
Audience Award Winner:
The Essence of Travel
Directed by Dakota Callicott
Jury Grand Prize Winner:
DO NOT DISTURB
Directed by Braxton Haugen
BendFilm Director, Todd Looby, said, “It is very interesting that both of the winning filmmakers told stories that centered around disengaging from technology and the material world in order to search for a more meaningful existence. These films embody the full spirit of the Future Filmmakers program which provides a great forum and outlet for young seekers to make better sense of their worlds while questioning the status quo. It was a thread that ran through all of this year’s films and I applaud all of the filmmakers for having the courage to put themselves out there to the community in the ways that they did.