2017 Best-in-Fest Finalists

Best Narrative

McKinley Carlin / Eagan High School / The Exchange
Simon Tolman / Minneapolis Southwest High School / Black & Blue
Simon Tolman / Minneapolis Southwest High School / Drivers Test

Best Documentary

Melissa Moua / IFP - Coon Rapids High School / Memories
Savanna Thunder / Perpich Center for Arts Education / Standing Rock: An Insider's Perspective
Amal Flower Kay / Perpich Center for Arts Education / Artist Spotlight: Jake Johnston

Best Animation

Danielle Rogers / Perpich Center for Arts Education / My Hair
Hannah Martin / Mahtomedi High School / Square
Samantha Ballis / IFP Juice Media - Highland Park Senior High School / New Frontier

Best Experimental

Amal Flower Kay / Perpich Center for Arts Education / Nucleus
Jake Johnston / Perpich Center for Arts Education / Static
Simon Broan / Minneapolis Southwest High School / Alone

Best Cinematography

Melissa Moua / IFP - Coon Rapids High School / Memories
McKinley Carlin / Eagan High School / The Exchange
Jasper Lazor / Minneapolis Southwest High School / Black & Blue

Dakota Laden Award for Comedy

Josh Zeien / Mahtomedi High School / Cheating Superheros
Peter Gosswiller / Home School / Snow Farmers
Simon Tolman / Minneapolis Southwest High School / Drivers Test

Twin Cities Black Film Festival: Emerging Filmmaker of Color

Melissa Moua / IFP - Coon Rapids High School / Memories
Savanna Thunder / Perpich Center for Arts Education / Standing Rock: An Insider's Perspective
Yilan (Elanna) Tang / Benilde-St. Margaret's / Her Name
 

Minnesota Women in Film and Television: Emerging filmmaker

Alyssa Castillo / Gordon Parks High School / End The Cycle
Hannah Martin / Mahtomedi High School / Square
Joey Skare / Rosemount High School / From Justin
Lucy Bowman / Minneapolis Southwest High School / When I See You
Melissa Moua / IFP - Coon Rapids High School / Memories
Melanie Yang / The DIAL Group - Hmong College Prep Academy / Victim's Downfal
Kat St. Martin-Norburg / CTV North Suburbs - St. Paul Academy / The Third Place
Samantha Ballis / IFP Juice Media - Highland Park Senior High School / New Frontier
Savanna Thunder / Perpich Center for Arts Education / Standing Rock: An Insider's Perspective
Yilan (Elanna) Tang / Benilde-St. Margaret's / Her Name