By admin | December 8, 2005

107 movies, shorts and documentaries. 90 attending filmmakers. 64 sponsors. 11 media sponsors. 257 volunteers. 19,000 seats filled. The Deep Ellum Film Festival, November 17th – 23rd, has wrapped its seventh year.


Best HD Feature: Soldier Of God

Best Feature: The Sisters

Best Feature Drama: The Sisters

Best Feature Comedy: Zerophilia

Best Texas Feature: Drop Dead Sexy

Best Feature Horror/Sci-fi: Within

Best Documentary Feature: Special Thanks To Roy London

Best Student Documentary: From That Moment On

Best Short: We All Fall Down

Best Short Drama: Cost Of Living

Best Short Comedy: Quitters

Best Short Experimental: Zmrilna

Best Student Short: Dependency

Best Texas Short: Hope’s War

Best Animation Short: Pinata

Audience Award Winners

Best Feature: After Sundown

Best Short: Saturn Return

Best Documentary: Border Bandits


These distinguished notables have made their mark in the film industry for their talent, vision determination and devotion. The awards are hand-painted drive-in speakers designed and created by Artman and were presented at various events throughout the festival.

Trailblazer Award Recipient: Jim Hart (Writer/Producer) – Dracula, Hook, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Sahara, Frankenstein, Tuck Everlasting, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, Muppets Treasure Island, “Wasteland,” “Mister Sterling,” and upcoming The Snow Goose, Atlas Shrugged, Cat’s Cradle and August Rush. Author of Capt. Hook – Adventures of a Notorious Youth.

The Lexus Passionate Pursuit of Perfection Award Recipient: Wally Pfister (Cinematographer) – Slow Burn, Batman Begins, The Italian Job, Insomnia, Sanctuary, Scotland, Pa., Memento

Pioneer Filmmaker Award Recipient: Roger Donaldson (Director/Producer/Writer/Art Director/Himself) – The World’s Fastest Indian, The Recruit, Thirteen Days, Dante’s Peak,

Texas Avery Animation Award Recipient: Brad Bird (Writer/Director/Producer/Actor) – The Incredibles, The Iron Giant, “King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons,” The Fox and the Hound

Maverick Filmmaker Award Recipient: Neil Jordan (Director/Writer/Producer) – Breakfast on Pluto, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Crying Game, The Good Thief, The Butcher Boy

Persistence of Vision Award Recipient: Jane Sumner – 20-year veteran and former Film Industry Expert/Columnist for Dallas Morning News; Experience also includes serving as an aide to Texas Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Rep. John Bryant, Women for Change Editor, Dallas Observer Contributing Editor, Freelance Writer and White House appointment from Jimmy Carter.

Lionel Rogosin Documentary Award for Excellence Recipient: Alex Gibney (Producer/Director/Writer) – Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, The Trails of Henry Kissinger, The Sexual Century: Sexual Explorers, The Sexual Century: The Sexual Revolution; “The Fifties”

Featured Artist: David Kreiling – a painter and sculptor with an installation appearing at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary from November 5 – December 17th entitled “The Theory of Everything.” His works, which translate into “the cosmological structure of the universe,” can also be viewed in his studio above the Paris Vendome at the West Village.

For more info, visit the Deep Ellum Film Festival website.

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