Congratulations to the winning submissions to the 2013 West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival:
Best of Show
Hendrickx, Jimmy SEMALU Belgium
Best Narrative Short
Tiedtke, Friedrich Erinnerungen an den Sommer (Remembering the Summer) Germany
Honorable Mention
Gladkova, Elena Summer day Russia
Falco, Agustin Fabula Argentina
Best Documentary
Toral, Almudena An Afghan Girl's Quest for Education United States, New York
Honorable Mention
Davis, James Memories, Dreams and Shadows United States, Georgia
Best Experimental/Animation
Haverkamp, Jim When Walt Whitman Was a Little Girl United States, North Carolina
Honorable Mention
Lyons, Diran 99 Problems (Explicit Political Remix) United States, California
Parres, Santiago Transit Zone Spain
Flagstad, Alex The Hopper Denmark, Germany
Best Student Work
Rogers, Sam Carnivore VIC, Australia
Honorable Mention
Litton, Justin DEEP EMOTION Leeds, England
Zhang, Jeannette Usagi & KumaUnited States, United States, New York
Tywoniw, Kiy BRUSH United States, West Virginia
Best Young Filmmaker
Carney Everybody Talks United States, West Virginia
Honorable Mention
Moss, Lindsay
Raffety, Robert
Buck Mild United States, West Virginia
Best "Re-Vision" Theme Work
Zeghers, Aaron Living on the Edge   Canada
Honorable Mention
Snell, Steve The Epic Spartanburg: Eric   United States, Nebraska

2013 Jury

Daniel Boyd

Daniel Boyd is an acclaimed filmmaker with dozens of films, including Chillers, Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers, and Paradise Park (aka, Heroes of the Heart) to his credit. A media studies professor at West Virginia State University since 1983, Boyd has also taught around the world including in Tanzania as a three-time Fulbright scholar.  Producing nearly every genre of film, Boyd's television work has earned 3 national Telly awards and 2 regional Emmy nominations. He has recently expanded into graphic novel creation with Chillers - The Graphic Novel  (Transfuzion Publishing), which was the 2012 Shel Dorph nominee for Original Graphic Novel of the Year, and Ghastly nominee for Best Horror Anthology.   His books, Chillers 2  and CARBON, are scheduled for release in 2013. Boyd also serves as "Artist and Residence" at WV State University's Economic Developments Center on Charleston's west side.

Michael D. Lies

Michael D. Lies is an award winning filmmaker recognized by film organizations in New York, Pittsburgh, and Florence, Italy.  In 2012 the Harlem International Film Festival  awarded 1st Prize in Short Film Scripts for his screenplay, The Tenth Door, and the Moondance International Film Festival, Denver, named the script a finalist in its 2012 competition.  His recent short film, Experyment6, was a breakthrough in 2009 and coincided with the launch of his independent film production company, Alcyone Pictures -   The film, Experyment6, received the highly regarded Dante Award Of Excellence in 2010.  He was invited as a keynoter speaker for the film’s international premiere in famed Odeon Theatre at the Florence International Film Festival in Italy.  Its U.S. premiere was held at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.  Recently the Steeltown Entertainment Project, Pittsburgh, invited him to judge its 2011 film script competition.  His film career began with an ambitious short film trilogy after he received support of a filmmakers’ grant in 1974.  One film, Afternoon of A Faun, was filmed primarily at Blackwater Falls in Davis, West Virginia.  Besides producing short films, he has feature length movie experience having collaborated with Hollywood actors, such as Christopher Reeves and Shelly Winters, and working on full productions, such as the 1971 Dawn of the Dead in cooperation with director George Romero.  During his career, he has led various film or script programs for diverse educational groups and his films have been showcased in theaters in the mid-Atlantic region.  Currently he is co-writing a screenplay for a feature length film, Time Shifters: The Zero Year Curse—an apocalyptic, time-travel thriller.

Jacob Tonski

Jacob Tonski is a pragmatic optimist whose work explores dynamic balance through kinetic metaphors.

A self-adjusting platform makes everyone the same height, probing ideas of equality and the origins of power. A larger-than-life top spins about the room, wobbling through themes of pleasure, danger, youth and decay. A sofa teeters, standing on one leg, musing on the stability of the social structures we build.

These and other human-scale objects, both amusing and threatening, find an uncanny identity between toys and tools. The forces of time and gravity serve in these works as foils for those things we are powerless to direct in our lives, and with which we must instead dance and negotiate.

Tonski holds an MFA from the Design | Media Arts department at UCLA. He studied computer science at Brown University and worked as a Technical Director at Pixar Animation Studios. He was a 2010 fellow at the Carnegie Mellon University Studio for Creative Inquiry. He is currently an assistant professor of art and interactive media studies at Miami University, Ohio.  His work has been shown in Brazil, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy, China, Finland, The Netherlands, Online, and throughout the United States.

Dana Coester

Dana Coester is an assistant professor in the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism’s advertising program. Most recently, Coester served as the assistant vice president for branding and creative direction with WVU’s University Relations division, where she helped direct several award-winning interactive campaigns. Prior to this, Coester was a faculty member at the P.I. Reed School of Journalism, where she designed and helped create the award-winning multimedia website, “Starting Over: Loss and Renewal in Katrina’s Aftermath.” Coester brings to the classroom more than 15 years of experience in magazine publishing and communications design. She is a former art director and contributor with Time Inc. Her work examines the future of storytelling with special interests in creative direction, visual narrative, multimedia, audience building, the new economics of publishing, and all things experimental in media co-creation. Coester earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1993.

Michael Sherwin

Using the mediums of photography, video and installation, Michael Sherwin makes art that reflects on the experience of observing nature through the lenses of science and popular culture. He has won numerous grants and awards for his work, and has been exhibited widely, including recent shows at CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, New York, SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio, PUNCH Gallery in Seattle, Washington, and the Center for Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reviews and reproductions of his work have been featured in The Photo Review, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Post Gazette and in the 2006 book, Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity by Michelle Bates. He has been invited to present his work at universities and conferences across the nation, including the South East College Art Conference, the Society for Photographic Education Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, and the 2011 Society for Photographic Education National Conference in Atlanta, GA. Sherwin earned a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in 2004, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University in 1999. He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Oregon and Central Washington University. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Photography and Intermedia at West Virginia University and the lead instructor for WVU’s Jackson Hole Photography Workshop

Dr. Bob Britton

Dr. Bob Britten is an assistant professor at WVU’s Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism. Britten has been working in journalism and news design since his junior year of college, when he was “promoted” from movie reviewer to managing editor of his campus newspaper.

In the subsequent decade he has worked as a reporter, graphics reporter, designer, art director, graphics editor and editorial director, in addition to picking up freelance writing and designing jobs. Britten has worked for newspapers of various sizes (the Greenville Record-Argus, the Meadville Tribune, the Columbia Missourian, the Seattle Times), as well as publications such as Vox (an alternative newsweekly in Missouri), Allegheny magazine, and a national agriculture magazine, Farm Journal, and its subsidiary, Beef Today. He also designed and art-directed Crescendo!, a fashion magazine in Columbia, Missouri.


Gerald Habarth

Gerald Habarth serves as Assiociate Professor of Art in Electronic Media at West Virginia University. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from University of South Florida and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Parsons School of Design. Originally from Maryland, he spent most of the 1990's living in Santiago, Chile and traveled throughout much of South America. His work is characterized by the synthesis of painting, drawing, electronic media and the moving image, trying to find a meaningful tension between the handmade and the computerized. He has shown his work in numerous group and solo exhibits in both Chile and the US, including the Tampa Museum of Art and the Florida Film Festival. He is the founder and director of the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival and the School of Art and Design's Space Atacama Program.