4/20/2021 City of Mountain View Media Release City of Mountain View
Office of the City Manager
500 Castro St., 3rd Floor
Mountain View, CA 94039

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Mountain View Virtual Film Festival Winners Announced
Contact : Shonda Ranson
MVCPA Marketing & Public Relations Manager

Live Streaming April 24 - 25

(Mountain View, Calif.) — The votes are in and on April 24 and 25, the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts will live stream its first virtual international film festival with an eye toward access and inclusivity. Although the festival will be online this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Center hopes to expand the festival for in-person activities by next year.

And the Awards Go To...

Best Feature, Best Director, Jury Award (Male Lead):
Unsettled (Iran)

Best Music, Best Documentary:
One Voice: The story of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (USA)

Best Mobile Short, Honorable Mention (Performer):
The Early Bird (USA)

Best Male Lead, Best Choreography:
WeAIght (USA)

Best Social Awareness Short:
Purple Skin (USA)

Best Female Lead:
Phoenix (USA)

Best Documentary Short:
PreetiRang (USA)

Best Cinematography:
Silk’s Balance (France)

Best Social Justice Short:
Standing In The Blink Of A Night: For Casey Goodson Jr (USA)

Honorable Mention(s):
I was, I am. (USA) - Use of theme
Without a Paddle (Canada) - Cinematography
Cam (USA) - Social Awareness
For Whom the Bell Tolls (USA) - Creativity/Originality
Condemned by Inaction (USA) - Youth Film
Prosperity Creek - Quarantine Cut (USA) - Female Lead (and best use of storyboarding)

Black Lives Matter (USA) - Use of theme and Creativity/Originality
Higher Education (Why We’re Downing) (USA) - Student film
Timothy (USA) - Use of theme
Father, daughter and old woman (Spain) - Creativity/Originality

Selected for Screening (Also Eligible for Audience Award):
The Great Way (Spain)
Niceville (USA)
George Floyd: Say Their Names (Video) (USA)
Hey Joe (USA)
Wade in the Water (USA)
Miles to Go (USA)

This year’s theme of “Race, Equity and Inclusion,” is highlighted in every aspect of the festival. From its creation by a diverse, international, film-industry savvy steering committee, to the judges, panelists and the incredible artists who submitted their works. In between the showing of four feature films and 21 film shorts, ticket holders will be able to participate in discussions through live chat, polls, and question and answer sessions with panelists, experts and artists. Panel topics are: race, equity and inclusion; the youth voice; the music behind films; and promoting the voices of artists with disabilities.

Tickets are available at MountainView.gov/MVFilmFest by individual days or a two-day pass. Tickets include access to films, audience chat, panel discussions, opening and closing ceremonies, and artists discussions. For accessibility purposes, automatic closed captioning will be used for the event. The full schedule is available here

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*Images, trailers and winner emails available to media upon request.

**Contact information for award winners available to media upon request.