By Film Threat Staff | October 16, 2007

BendFilm has announced the award winners for its 4th annual BendFilm Festival. Winners were honored during a ceremony last night held at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend. Several community businesses contribute to more than $30,000 in cash prizes, which help independent filmmakers continue to produce their work.

The Best of Show with a $10,000 cash award, presented by North Rim and made possible by Brooks Resources, went to AMERICAN FORK. The coveted Katie Merritt Audience Award was a tie between OUTSOURCED and BEYOND THE CALL.

Other winners included:

  • THE LITTLE GORILLA, Best Student Film, with a $3,000 cash award made possible by Mollie Hogan and Mark Fisher of the Hasson Company Realtors.
  • REDEMPTION MADDIE, Best Short, with a $2,500 cash award made possible by Dan and Bonnie Wieden for Caldera Arts.
  • Hubbel Palmer, AMERICAN FORK, Best Screenplay, with a $1,500 cash award made possible by Bob Reininger and Marci Collis: Morgan Stanley-Bend.
  • Aaron Katz, QUIET CITY, Best Direction, with a $1,500 cash award made possible by Cascade Arts & Entertainment.
  • Lynn Shelton, WE GO WAY BACK, Faerie Godmother Award for Excellence in Filmmaking by a Female Director, with a $4,000 cash award made possible by the Faerie Godmother Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.
  • Colin Stryker, RIVER WAYS, Conservation Award, with a $2,500 cash award presented by the Deschutes Basin Land Trust and made possible by the Pennbrook Company.
  • KING CORN, Best Documentary, with a $2,500 cash award made possible by the Doctors of Advanced Specialty Care.
  • LOW AND BEHOLD, Best Feature, with a $2,500 cash award made possible by the Doctors of InFocus Eye Care Center.
  • THE BALLAD OF MARY SLADE, Special Jury Prize for Short Film
  • AUDIENCE OF ONE, Special Jury Prize for Documentary
  • RED WHITE BLACK & BLUE, Best Musical Score
  • Danielle K. Thomas, POP FOUL, Best Supporting Actress
  • Eddie Rouse, LOW AND BEHOLD, Best Supporting Actor
  • Allison Scagliotti, REDEMPTION MADDIE, Best Actress
  • Hubbel Palmer, AMERICAN FORK, Best Actor
  • Andrew Reed, QUIET CITY, Best Cinematography
  • Harry Kellerman, THE LITTLE GORILLA, Best Editing
  • BendFilm is an annual celebration of independent cinema, which focuses on connecting filmmakers and the audience through film screenings and special programs, including lectures and educational programs. For additional information on BendFilm, please visit

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