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BZN International Film Festival is proud to
annouce its 2021 Award Winners!

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BZN DOCUMENTARY FEATURE AWARD

THE FIRST STEP

In a divided America, Van Jones controversially works across party lines on landmark criminal justice reform and a more humane response to the addiction crisis. Attempting to be a bridge builder in a time of extreme polarization takes him deep into the inner workings of a divisive administration, internal debates within both parties, and the lives of frontline activists fighting for their communities.

BZN DOCUMENTARY SHORT AWARD

CHILOÉ

Like a migratory bird following its instinct, Osprey ambassador Jackie Nourse returns to Patagonia, a place she first visited four years ago and experienced a renewal of spirit. Today, on the misty island of Chiloé, she is warmly invited inside homes to share a meal—and share in a culture that has been frozen in time.

BZN NARRATIVE FEATURE AWARD

SEKURITAS

The Studer&Sons office complex has never been special, or even produced anything of any interest or significance. But now, shortly before it is set to be demolished, the building expresses one last wish… a LOVE STORY, one that centers around notions of desire and security, and a little melody that runs through the entire fabric of the building.

BZN NARRATIVE SHORT AWARD

RUBBER AND GLUE

A teen must undergo treatment to rid herself of the thing that makes us most human.

BZN EXPERIMENTAL DOCUMENTARY AWARD

MATING FOR LIFE

As the filmmaker faces her own mid life metamorphosis, she turns to sandhill cranes, an ancient bird species known to mate for life, to help her understand the human need for both connection and solitude, nature and art.

BZN SPIRIT AWARD

Award for the film that best champions creative independence in visual storytelling, while supporting a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.

REVERIE

Encaustic artist and outdoor adventurer, Bridgette Meinhold lives among the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. Her paintings reflect the aspen groves and peaks that surround her. On a frigid March morning, just before her birthday, Meinhold turns her muse into her canvas to create a snow labyrinth.

BZN AUDIENCE AWARD

THE SCOTTISH PLAY

A troupe of actors and stage crew struggle during a performance of Shakespeare’s most ill-fated tragedy when the lead player is mysteriously replaced by the understudy. This is a tale of theatre mythos and superstition that beckons the supernatural!

TED TURNER AWARD

Award for the film that most inspires environmental stewardship

YOUTH V. GOV

A story of global importance that has already inspired numerous legal actions around the world, YOUTH v GOV is the story of America’s youngest citizens taking on the world’s most powerful government. Twenty-one courageous youth lead a groundbreaking lawsuit against the U.S. government, asserting it has willfully acted over six decades to create our climate crisis, thus endangering their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. If these young people are successful, they’ll not only make history, they’ll change the future.