Announcing Audience Awards’ Documentary Winners

October 8, 2018

Every year, Audience Awards hosts a Documentary Film Festival dedicated to showcasing thought-provoking non-fiction short films. Here are the top three jury-selected winning films from this year’s 2018 Documentary Short Film Festival.

The winners were decided on by the global audience and the Documentary Film Festival jury panel including Angie Driscoll, programmer for Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival with a list of international programming experience on her resume; Rachel Gregg, Executive Director of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival; Adam Banicki, VP of Video at Fatherly and winner of a Webby; Elliot Kotek, a two-time SXSW Innovation Award winner and active filmmaker for companies like LEGO Education and Sony.

The first place documentary short is I Was Here by Julian Dalrymple which begs the question: artist or curated hoarder? For the past forty years, Louis Zoellar Bickett has been operating an archive out of his home in Lexington, KY. From q-tips and stamps to urine and semen samples, Louis’s archive has been a documentation of his daily life.

I Was Here by Julian DalympleWatch, I Was Here by Julian Dalrymple

Second place went to The Race by Dina Rudick. In it, a young, idealistic Huntington’s Disease researcher comes face-to-face with three generations of a family devastated by the fatal, incurable disease she studies. For the scientist, who has never met anyone with Huntington’s Disease, the stakes of her research become real. For a Huntington’s Disease patient at the center of the story who is watching her mother sicken, fearing her own demise, and afraid for her two kids, it’s a mother’s plea – and a race against time. 

The Race by Dina RudickWatch, The Race by Dina Rudick

The third place film is Futbol Fever by Savva Svet. The film was done during a 12-day workshop class with Werner Herzog and 48 other filmmakers across the globe. We were thrown deep into the Amazonia jungle and were tasked to come out with a film. Not knowing the language or the people, I came across Gersen and his family and followed him for 3 days to create this piece. Futbol Fever follows 12-year old Gerson, living in the jungle city of Puerto Maldonado and his soccer ambitions.

Futbol Fever By Savva SvetWatch, Futbol Fever by Savva Svet

A huge thanks to our community of creatives and filmmakers who submitted to the 2018 Documentary Shorts Film Festival, and a hearty congratulations to all the winners! We look forward to seeing the top three films premiere at AudFest 2019!

ABOUT AUDIENCE AWARDS: Audience Awards provides filmmakers with the opportunity to change the world through stories, win prizes and build an audience. Films are judged by industry professionals and the global audience. We are committed to providing a stage for diverse, emerging talent and their work. Our platform is dedicated to celebrating the power of storytelling and building an audience. Created by filmmakers, for filmmakers, Audience Awards offers an invaluable platform for exposure. Our filmmakers don’t just gain exposure – like press and social media engagement – but also opportunities to accelerate their careers. Learn More:


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