Raven for Best Foreign Film Award Goes to Free Speech, Fear Free
September 10, 2016 — St. George, UT —
At the conclusion of its seventh season, The DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival
announced the winners of the 2016 Raven Awards. This year’s Festival offered 68 films from 30 countries with a wide array of topics from the familiar to the startling, from those ripped from the headlines to hidden gems about exotic subjects.
“In this, the seventh year of DOCUTAH, the Festival continues to grow in popularity with both the international filmmaker community and the audience. It attracts some of the most talented independent documentary filmmakers from all over the world. What we found very significant an inspiring this year was the number of very young filmmakers who submitted films of exceptional quality,” said Phil Tuckett, Executive Director of DOCUTAH. “As we screen prospective Festival entries, we are looking only at quality. What we found as we began to interact with those accepted to the festival was that we have a lot to be proud of in our young people. There is certainly no need for despair for the condition of the world as these talented artists continue to hone their talent and let the world ponder the important subjects they bring to light.”
“The diversity and quality of the films made finalizing the judges’ choices very challenging,” said Oscar winning filmmaker, Kieth Merrill, who served as Master Judge for this year’s Festival. “There were so many really provocative films, beautifully photographed and brilliantly directed that it made our work enormously difficult but also a delightful chore.”
“DOCUTAH brings tremendous energy to the campus of Dixie State University at the beginning of each school year,” said Dr. Jeffery Jarvis, Executive Producer for DOCUTAH and Dean of the College of the Arts. “Students, faculty, community members and visitors alike flock to the Festival to interact with filmmakers and each other and share the excitement and inspiration of this remarkable genre of art. With DSU’s recent acquisition of the DSU Film Studio and the launch of the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Film, we expect that DOCUTAH will continue to grow in prestige and popularity.”
As part of Dixie State University’s academic component, DOCUTAH’s mission is to inspire a global connection through independent documentary films and audience access to filmmakers. DOCUTAH strives to enhance the education of independent filmmakers, aspiring film students, citizens of the world and the Community. DOCUTAH is one of the few university-sponsored film festivals in the United States. DOCUTAH provides an opportunity for students and amateur and professional filmmakers can discuss and advance their skills in the art of filmmaking.