SWAIA Moving Images Classification X Names 2016 Short Film Winners

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The sixteenth annual Native Cinema Showcase, a collaboration between SWAIA and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), returns to Santa Fe

The film “What Was Ours” screened on the opening night of Native Cinema Showcase 2016. © Joshua Voda, NMAI

“This year we had 40 short film entries,” said Moving Images Classification X Manager, Jhane Myers (Comanche/Blackfeet), “and a wonderful panel of judges..."

Moving Images Classification X, SWAIA’s newest juried classification, announces this year’s winning submissions.

“This year we had 40 short film entries,” said Moving Images Classification X Manager, Jhane Myers (Comanche/Blackfeet). “And a wonderful panel of judges including: Cherilyn Barnard, Pierre Barrera, Sam Haozous, Georgina Lightning, Kaaren Ochoa, Jacques Paisner, JoAnn Balzer, and Maura Dhu Studi.”

The short film submission categories are: Animated Short, Documentary Short, Experimental Short, Narrative Short, Music Video, Feature and Youth Division. Best of Class winners, in each category, are eligible for the prestigious Best of Show award.

This year’s Best of Class short film winners are:

  • Animated Short:

Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Ojibwe), Walk in Dreams

  • Documentary Short:

Kyle Bell (Thlopthlocco Tribal Town), Dig It If You Can

  • Experimental Short:

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk), Jáaji Approx.

  • Narrative Short:

Razelle Benally (Dine’/Oglala), I Am Thy Weapon

  • Feature and Best of Class:

Jordan Dresser (Northern Arapaho), Julianna Brannum (Comanche), Mat Hames
What Was Ours

  • Music Video:

A Tribe Called Red (First Nations), We Are Halluci-Nation

  • Youth Winners:

First Place (ages 10-13)
Kateri Daffron (Wichita, Kiowa), Itsy Bitsy Spider

First Place (ages 14-17)
Adelita (Zonnie) Tsosie (Picuris), Imprint

On Friday, August 19 at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m., SWAIA's Moving Image Classification X short film winners will present public screenings at The New Mexico History Museum’s auditorium, located at 113 Lincoln Avenue, just off the plaza.

Q&A sessions, moderated by Jhane Myers (Comanche/Blackfeet), will be held with attending winners of Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation Short, Experimental Short, Feature and Youth Division categories.

For additional information about the Native Cinema Showcase and a full list of events visit: http://nmai.si.edu/ncs/

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Audrey Nadia Rubinstein
505 490 5029

About SWAIA:
The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is a non-profit organization supporting Native American arts and culture. It creates economic and cultural opportunities for Native American artists by producing and promoting the Santa Fe Indian Market, the biggest and most prestigious Indian art event in the world since 1922; cultivating excellence and innovation across traditional and non-traditional art forms; and developing programs and events that support, promote, and honor Native artists year-round. swaia.org

About the National Museum of the American Indian:
The National Museum of the American Indian is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present and future—through partnership with Native people and others. For additional information, including hours and directions, visit AmericanIndian.si.edu. Follow the museum via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation using #NativeCinemaShowcase and#NCS2016.

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