Congratulations to the 2018 BZN award-winning filmmakers!
Thanks to all who contributed to the inaugural festival.
We look forward to receiving your submissions for the 2019 festival!

2018 BZN Spirit Award


Directed by Valerie Red-Horse Mohl | Produced by Valerie Red-Horse Mohl & Gale Anne Hurd

Documentary Feature - Mankiller

This is the story of an American hero. One who stands tall amongst the likes of Robert Kennedy, Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr. Someone who humbly defied the odds and overcame insurmountable obstacles to fight injustice and gave a voice to the voiceless. And yet few people know her name. This is the story of an American legend, Wilma Mankiller, who overcame rampant sexism and personal challenges to emerge as the Cherokee Nation’s first woman Principal Chief in 1985.

Audience Awards

BZN Audience Award - Narrative Feature

Sami Blood

Written & Directed by Amanda Kernell

Narrative Feature - Sami Blood

Elle Marja, 14, is a reindeer-breeding Sámi girl. Exposed to the racism of the 1930’s and race biology examinations at her boarding school, she starts dreaming of another life. To achieve this other life, she has to become someone else and break all ties with her family and culture.

BZN Audience Award - Documentary Feature

It’s Criminal 

Directed & Produced by Signe Taylor

Documentary Feature - It's Criminal

It’s Criminal focuses on a Dartmouth College class that brings students to a jail to work with incarcerated women on writing and performing an original play grounded in the lives of the female prisoners. It delves into privilege, poverty, addiction, abuse, and injustice and asks viewers to think about who is imprisoned and why.

BZN Audience Award - Narrative Short

Where the Wild Things Play

Directed & Written by Krystle Wright

Narrative Short - Where The Wild Ones Play

There’s a revolving conversation of asking why aren’t there more females in the adventure industry whether it’s big mountain skiing, filmmakers, big wall climbers and so forth. Well it’s about time we found out Where The Wild Things Play.

BZN Audience Award - Documentary Short


Directed, Written & Produced by Colter Olmstead

The story of a young bowhunter as she journeys out on her first hunting experience.

BZN Audience Award - Experiemental Short

Deux Mains (“With My Own Two Hands”)

Directed & Written by Michael Barocas

Animation/Experimental - 10. With My Own Two Hands/Deux Mains

A poetic expression of the human experience told through hands.