Top Films at SI DocFest 2009 Win More Than $30,000 in Awards
Issues Documentary Film Contest (SI DocFest) held its screenings and awards
ceremony at the Camera 12 Cinemas on
economic situation, the organizing committee decided to increase by almost 30%
the awards given out this year. More than
organizer Do Good Docs Corporation were shared by the top films, the high
schools they represented, and their designated nonprofit organizations.
A panel of independent volunteer judges ranked the semifinalist films and
their combined scores yielded the winners. These judges were
series featuring independent films from the Bay Area; Dr.
Professor of Journalism and Communication at the
of the Freedom Forum and a Bay Area resident;
Professor of Communication at
television and film producer; and
Camera Cinemas, the leading independent theater organization in the South Bay.
First place was awarded to “Stopping the Cycle”, a film by
will be shared with Presentation High School and Support Network for Battered
Two films tied for second place. Since
designated for second and third place, respectively, the tie resulted in each
film being awarded
A second place winner was “BORP”, a film by
people with physical disabilities actively involved in sports. The
award will be shared with Saratoga High School and the Bay Area Outreach and
Recreation Program (borp.org).
The other second place winner was “Jeremy”, a film by
deals with employment for people with disabilities. The
shared with the Freestyle Academy of the
and the Jeremy Project at Hope Services (hopeservices.org).
The organizing committee also awarded
(sfmt.org), an organization profiled by fourth place winners
Dogs for the Blind (guidedogs.com), the subject of fifth place winner
Sacred Heart Community Service (shcstheheart.org), profiled by
In recognition of their outstanding accomplishments, the other seven semi-
finalists were awarded
awards were granted to the nonprofits designated by the six Honorable Mention
for her extraordinary contributions to the SI DocFest during her high school
career. She submitted a total of five films in her two-year participation,
earning two finalist awards, one semifinalist award, and two honorable
A special tribute was presented in honor of
Valley Christian High School, strong supporter of the SI DocFest and last
year’s winner of the Outstanding Film Instructor award for producing the most
films. In his memory, this award will be renamed the
Award. The winner this year was
The event was hosted by SI DocFest organizers and co-founders, sisters
Bay Area residents. Camera Cinemas, the leading independent movie theater
company in the South Bay, was an official sponsor and the official host of the
Do Good Docs Corporation is a new non-profit organization located in
Bay Area Social Issues Documentary Film Contest (SI DocFest). Other projects
will be announced in 2009(dogooddocs.com).
For over 30 years, the Camera Cinemas have presented a wide variety of
well-made, intelligent films, from re-released classics to independents,
international to mainstream. With four distinct locations, Camera Cinemas has
become an important institution in the local film community, making vital
contributions to the cultural life of
what the South Bay has to offer (cameracinemas.com).
SOURCE Do Good Docs Corporation