Student Festival Screenings and Awards

Institute Films Have a Reputation for Quality

 

The last two months of our annual Institute for Documentary Filmmaking graduate certificate program are devoted to a group production of a documentary film. Many of these films go on to screen and win awards at film festivals throughout the U.S. and overseas. Below are just some of the recent highlights and achievements of our student productions on the Festival Circuit.

Bow With MeBow With Me

2018 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking 

Vasili Frankos isn’t your typical music teacher. For one thing, he’s also a busker, meaning he performs on the street for tips instead of onstage for applause. And while classically trained, he throws constraints to the wind—especially when it comes to Sonny, his spunky 7-year-old charge. Sonny is just as restless as Vasili is free-spirited, making him the perfect pupil to follow in his mentor’s footsteps. 

 

Green Mountain Film Festival (March 2019)

Manhattan International Film Festival (March 2019)

Golden State Film Festival (March 2019)

Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival (December 2018)

Alexandria Film Festival (November 2018)

Clifton Film Celebration (November 2018)

Best Student Short, Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards

Boys in the BoatBoys in the Boat

2018 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking 

A crew of young rowers with intellectual disabilities, thrive on the companionship and routine that come with being part of a team. While some train hard to compete at a prestigious regatta, others face seemingly insurmountable obstacles as they navigate toward adulthood.

FilmFest DC (April 2019)

Soul 4 Reel Film Festival (April 2019)

Alexandria Film Festival (November 2018)

Docs in Progress' Community Stories Festival (November 2018)

Awareness Fest Los Angeles (October 2018)

Direct Monthly Online Film Festival (September 2018)

Best Local Film, Soul 4 Reel Film Festival

Audience Choice Award, Soul 4 Reel Film Festival

Best Student Short, Awareness Festival

Best Documentary, Direct Monthly Online Film Festival

Queens in Training Queens in Training

2017 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking

Two young African-American girls learn to play chess competitively and apply those skills to obstacles of race and gender as they prepare for a citywide co-educational tournament in Washington, D.C. 

 

DC Shorts Film Festival (September 2018)

DC Black Film Festival (August 2018)

FilmFest DC (April 2018)

Soul 4 Reel Film Festival (April 2018)

The Women's Film Festival (March 2018)

The International Women and Minorities in Media Festival (February 2018)

Docs in Progress' Community Stories Festival (November 2017)

Alexandria Film Festival (November 2017)

Austin Under the Stars Film Festival (October 2017)

 

Best Ensemble, Austin Under the Stars Film Festival

 Life in StridesLife in Strides

2017 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking

Jake, a young man with autism, has become a champion in therapeutic horseback riding. Jake’s mother Joanne has been by his side throughout his riding career, helping him stay calm on his horse. Now, Jake is put to the test as he enters his first non-therapeutic riding competition, where the circumstances are outside their control. 

 

Over-the-Rhine International Film Festival (September 2018)

Maryland International Film Festival (April 2018)

Blackbird Film Festival (April 2018)

Manhattan International Film Festival (March 2018)

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (March 2018)

Socially Relevant Film Festival NY (March 2018)

Alexandria Film Festival (November 2017)

Chesapeake Film Festival (October 2017)

Austin Under The Stars Film Festival (October 2017)

Awareness Festival L.A. (October 2017)

Grand Prize, Manhattan International Film Festival

Best Student Short, Chesapeake Film Festival

Audience Award for Best Student Film, Awareness Festival L.A.

Berning Love The FilmBerning Love 

2016 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking 

Originally inspired by the emergence of politically-focused dating websites such as BernieSingles.com, this short documentary highlights the parallel ways in which people search for love in their political and personal lives.  

In Fall 2017, Berning Love had its World Television Premiere on Vermont PBS' Made Here Program. 

Docs in Progress' Community Stories Festival (November 2017)

Women in Film and Video's Locavore Film Series (October 2017)

Bay Area Women in Film and Media's International Short Films Showcase (April 2017)

Rincon International Film Festival (March 2017)

Green Mountain Film Festival (March 2017)

Berlin Independent Film Festival (February 2017)

Overall Best Documentary Short, Rincon International Film Festival

Everything between the filmEverything Between 

2016 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking 

Ethan Spalding has been a musician his entire life and has written over 500 songs, but his new single is the one he thinks will change music. The self-proclaimed inventor of Traprock, Ethan, like so many people, wants to make a living doing what he loves. His new single may help him do just that.

 

Go Independent International Film Festival L.A. (December 2017)

Go Independent International Film Festival D.C. (September 2017)

Frederick Film and Music Festival (June 2017)

North Beach American Film Festival (June 2017)

Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival (April 2017)

Best Documentary, Go Independent International Film Festival L.A.

Best Documentary, Go Independent International Film Festival D.C.

Best Student Film, North Beach American Film Festival

Best Documentary Under 45 Minutes, Northern Virginia International Film and Music Festival

Raising the barRaising the Bar

2013 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking 

Jason Sturm had a life and career planned in the US military, but everything changed when a combat training accident took his leg. Finding community and rehabilitation in the extreme-intensity world of Crossfit training, Raising the Bar follows Jason as he pursues his dream of going back to school, opening his own gym, and shaping a life committed to helping other adaptive athletes regain fitness and health.

Red Rock Film Festival (November 2014)

D.C. GI Film Festival (May 2014)

L.A. GI Film Festival (November 2013)

Capital BuzzThe Capital Buzz

2011 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking 

Out of sight of local authorities and neighbors, amateur beekeepers are setting out to propagate bees all across Washington, DC. From rooftops to enclosed porches, these beekeepers’ hives are hidden armies pollinating the city’s flowers and helping to sustain the threatened honeybee population. The Capital Buzz follows Washingtonian Jeff Miller as he builds hives, raises bee colonies, and advances the growing urban beekeeping movement. 

DC Shorts Film Festival (2012)

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital (2012)

La Jolla Best Shorts Competition (2012)

Colorado Environmental Film Festival (2012)

Golden Pineapple Winner, DC Shorts Film Festival 

Short Documentary Award of Excellence, La Jolla Best Shorts Competition

Released to LifeReleased to Life

2010 Institute for Documentary Filmmaking 

After spending years separated from society, how would it feel to return home to a place that you no longer know? Each year over half a million people in the U.S. are released from prisons and jails. They have served their time, but the shadow of their past convictions continues to follow them. Released to Life focuses on several recently released individuals in their struggle to redefine themselves and offers a view into the unique challenges they face.

 

D.C. Independent Film Festival (2011)

Love Your Shorts Film Festival (2011)

Virginia Film Festival (2010)

Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma Certificate Program in Global Mental Health (2010)

Named Washington's Best Film in 2012 by D.C.'s Office of Television and Motion Picture Development

Grand Jury Prize for Student Film, D.C. Independent Film Festival