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Killington Film Festival Winners Announced

Posted on April 17, 2020


KILLINGTON, VT—Independent filmmakers from seven states and Canada took home top honors at the second Killington Film Festival, which drew large and enthusiastic crowds during screenings that started Thursday and ran throughout the weekend.

“My Stepdad’s a Freakin’ Vampire,” directed and produced by David Matheny of Gardner, KS was judged No 1 in the Feature Film category and “Shooting Beauty,” directed by former Woodstock VT resident George Kachadorian was awarded top prize in the New England Filmmakers competition. In all, filmmakers from 21 states and five countries submitted more than 100 films for judging in the four-day festival.

“It was a tremendous success. It is a festival destined to continue its growth in years to come,” said Kerstin Karlhuber, a New York filmmaker originally from Killington who founded and directed the festival. “The filmmakers were pleased and the audiences truly enjoyed seeing some outstanding films. We’re already looking forward to next year, when we’re certain to draw even more entries.”

One of the most popular features of the festival was the question and answer sessions audiences had with filmmakers, directors and producers following the screenings.

The categories and top entries included:

Feature Length Films
1st “My Stepdad’s a Freakin Vampire,”
Directed and produced by David Matheny, Gardner, KS
2nd “Words Aloud,” directed by Elizabeth Zetlin, produced by Judith Keenan, Markdale, Ontraio

New England Filmmakers
1st “Shooting Beauty,” directed by George Kachadorian, Durham, NH
2nd “Finding Our Voices,” directed by Vicky Hughes, produced by Holly Stadtler,
Huntington, VTDocumentary Shorts
1st  “Iowa Girls,” directed and produced by Donna Reyes, Union, NJ
2nd “Nico’s Challenge,” directed by Steve Audette, Concord, MA

Narrative Shorts
1st “Bodega,” directed by Brian Willow, produced by Nathan Brown, NY, NY
2nd “Dash Cunning,” directed by William Saunders, produced by Maya Anand & Justin Begnaud, Lessburg, VA

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