The 2014 Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival took place the weekend of June 12-15 in that haunted hippie town up on the hill. Festival-goers were treated to bands, films under the stars, beautiful sights in the surrounding valley, and of course spectacular indie films from all over.
Primarily a home for Arizona artists, this year saw the submission of several international films. Director Toni Ross says “Arizona filmmakers will always have a home for their films here, and we take great pride in giving them a unique forum to showcase what our state has to offer.”
In addition to the standard awards of a film festival (ie Best Director, Best Feature Film etc) Ross was so moved when hearing the audience response that she felt compelled to add two new awards to the typical slate. “I couldn’t help but realize, when listening to how these films were received – and how they touched the audience – that we needed to recognize them for their contributions. These films truly elevated the festival.”
In addition to the Rising Spirit Award, these two new honors will also be known as Director’s Choice Awards, and they are titled “Best Western Film Award,” and “Best New Filmmaker Award.” Winners are announced below along with all of this year’s awards for the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival.
2014 Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival Winners:
Director’s Choice Awards:
Rising Spirit Award: Rich Hill
Best New Filmmaker Award: Lourdes Lee Vasquez & Bryan Vasquez
Best Western Film Award: Strong Arm of the Law
Best Feature Film: Blood Ink
Best Narrative Short: Focus
Best Horror Short: Anxiety
Best Comedy Short: Reply Hazy, Try Again
Best Documentary Short: Dance Your Asberger’s Off
Best Music Video: All That You Need