Official Results 

Best of Fest Awards
Animation: From the Dizziness of Freedom: The Philosophy Vessel by Melissa Ferrari

Experimental: Submergence by Yohahn Ko
Documentary: No Harm No Foul by Cheng Zhang
Narrative: Memory by Ilirjan Himaj
Best of Fest: Memory by Ilirjan Himaj

People’s Choice Award
Animation: The Old Man and the Pears by Jing Sun

Experimental: The Muse Will Find You Working by Wade Koch
Documentary: Truth is Beauty by Brandon Katcher
Narrative: Horseshoe Theory by Jonathan Daniel Brown

Honorable Mention
Animation: Balloon Ride by Evan Hughes; Lilly Hits the Road by The Bum Family

Experimental: We R the World/Mold by Dawn George
Documentary: Gardeners of the Forest by Ceylan Carhoglu and Nicole Jordan-Webber
Narrative: It’s Just a Gun by John Sayage

Special Awards
Pablo Koontz Award for Best Experimental Technique: Emerald Ice by Jesseca Ynez Simmons

Ledo and Vittoria Matteoli Award for Best Film with an Immigration Theme or Pioneering Spirit: ERNIE – Hadley Hillel
Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission Award for Best Film Celebrating Local or Environmental Sustainability: Gardeners of the Forest by Ceylan Carhoglu and Nicole Jordan-Webber

50 Years

and still counting

The HIFF has been bringing independent and alternative short films to Humboldt County for 50 years. As the world’s oldest student-run film festival, we create a unique venue for digital media that enjoys an international reputation for supporting and celebrating independent filmmakers.  Founded in 1967 by a group of film-loving Humboldt State University students, the Humboldt Int’l Film Fest continues to expand over the years, now featuring several days of public screenings and presentations by guest filmmakers. The festival promotes the art of film, not only as a means of entertainment, but also as an instrument for self-expression, and a stimulus for dialogue about social, political, and cultural issues.
HIFF is pleased to provide a home where these international filmmakers can showcase their visions, and the venue for all of us to explore the power of film.

50th HIFF Commerical

Created by: Leonardo Laciura-Foley, Camille Roberts, David Bennett, and Marco Villarreal