NAILED IT! BEST OF FESTIVAL AWARD
I Lost My Dream / July 2015 / Stefan Hunt – AUSTRALIA – 9min – North American Premiere
Not all your dreams will come true. Moacir Zeledon learnt this the when he was only a boy. Leaving a Nicaraguan life of poverty and abuse he set his sights on America with his mother. But in pursuit of this dream they were faced with the Mexican nightmare. But as Moacir comes to learn “You don’t fail from trying, you fail from giving up”.
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD
Joe / July 2015 / Andy Maser, Hayden Peters – USA – 8min
Joe Riis has the job that every child in the world dreams of: He is a celebrated National Geographic wildlife photographer. He spends his life embarking on adventures to the wildest places on Earth, often for months on end, to observe and photograph animals for National Geographic Magazine. He seemingly has the picture perfect life. Or does he? This film tells a more personal story of an oft idolized character to remind that even those who have achieved it all still face many of the struggles that everyone else does. It also celebrates how a man’s love for the wilderness has helped to further curiosity, respect and protection for the natural world around us.
INSPIRING ADVENTURE AWARD
55 Hours in Mexico / May 2015 / Joey Schusler, Max Lowe, Thomas Woodsen – USA – 9min
For those with 9 to 5 office jobs, the weekend is a source of freedom and balance. How adventurous can one get in a single weekend and 55 hours away from home? We headed to Mexico with our favorite working stiff Karl Thompson to explore the limits of the weekend warrior.
250 MILE CLUB AWARD
DCDC / Aug 2015 / Chris Tuss – USA – 8min
What started as the DC Downhill Club (DCDC) has grown into DC Drain and Clean – a group of skateboarders from the Washington, DC area who have made it their mission to seek out backyard pools to drain and skate – making unique friendships along the way.
Denali / April 2015 / Ben Knight – USA – 8min
There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a friend, especially when they’ve supported you through your darkest moments. Ben Moon reflects on a life well lived and a dog that lived up to the the name, Denali.
ADVENTURER OF THE FESTIVAL AWARD
Karl Thompson / 55 Hours in Mexico / May 2015 / Joey Schusler, Max Lowe, Thomas Woodsen – USA – 9min
Nailed It! “Best of Festival” Cash Prize $500
Best Cinematography Cash Prize $200
Inspiring Adventure Cash Prize $200
The film that best portrays the adventurous spirit and inspires the viewer to get out there and seize more adventure from each day.
250 Mile Club Cash Prize $250
The film that best highlights the adventurous spirit of our Nation’s Capital and surrounding Mid-Atlantic area. To be eligible, the film MUST feature the Mid-Atlantic area (within a 250 mile circle from Washington, DC’s center).
Audience Choice Award Cash Prize $200
The favorite film chosen by the DC Adventure Film Festival audience.
Adventurer of the Festival Cash Prize: $200
Best actor, athlete, or person who embodies the spirit of adventure.
250 Mile Club Award
For this award, the film must be about adventure or action sports related activities from the area within the circle.