Film fest announces ’11 winners

By Galen Holley/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The 2011 GumTree Film Festival was held over the weekend in Tupelo with nearly 70 films screened.
Filmmakers and fans mingled and not only watched films, but also attended workshops and parties.
Pat Rasberry, festival director, said filmmakers came to Tupelo from Canada, Australia and all over the United States.
Winners include:

Student
Clemency – Joseph Albanese – Los Angeles
Rainbow Town – Laren Selman Roberts – Norman, Okla.
Yogurt Cups – Kamila Ticha – New York, Ark.

Best Animation
Kidnap – Sijia Luo – Los Angeles

Best Music Video
Rachael & Henry Climb A Hill – Kate Elizabeth Jones – Perth, Australia

Music Video Audience Award
Daniel Lee – “976-Evil” – Blue Springs

Documentary
1st – Defying Deletion – Andre Anton – West Bloomfield, Mich.
2nd – The Test – Gary Strieker – New York, N.Y.
3rd – Way of Morris – Tim Pleaster – London

Short
1st – Touch – Jen McGowan – Venice, Calif.
2nd – The Desperate – Benhur Seph – Reseda, Calif.
3rd – Long Story Short – Ryan Darst – Los Angeles

Feature
I Become Gilgamesh – Danny Nguyen – Dallas, Texas
Kitchen Hamlett – Daniel Elihu Kramer – North Hampton, Mass.
Joyride – Alex Petrovitch – West Hollywood, Calif.

Elvin Whitesides Directors Award
Mr. Jimmy’s Birthday Challenge – Samantha Davidson Green – Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ron Tibbett Award
Bright - Benjamin Busch – Reed City, Mich.
Galen Holley, Daily Journal