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2019 Winners

2019 palmetto prize
two peas in a pod

Palmetto Prize

Two Peas In a Pod

By: Collins Abbott White
Category: SC Local
Runtime: 00:17:00

Description: After an accident, an estranged family must reunite and reconcile to find a way forward.How do you make the right decision for someone else’s life? Is there even such a thing? Patrick and Lori struggle to do just this for the most important person in their lives.They soon discover that while life pulls us apart, love brings us back together.

2019 documentary
And With Him Came The West

Best Documentary

And With Him Came the West

By: Mike Plante​, Joanne Storkan
Category: Documentary
Runtime: 01:17:00

Description: Famous in the wild west for winning a gunfight at the OK Corral, Wyatt Earp saw the best and the worst from fame in the late 1800s. Desperately wanting to write his own legend in his old age, he went to Hollywood in the 1920s and asked filmmakers to make a movie about him. And it freakin’ worked.
A non-fiction film about Wyatt Earp and the Hollywood Western.

2019 best wildlife
and with him came the west

Best Wildlife Conservation Film

Poachers and Protectors:
The Story of Scarlet Macaws in Honduras

By: Christi Lowe, Levi Novey
Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:08:16

In the dangerous La Moskitia region of Honduras, poachers seek out the chicks and eggs of wild scarlet macaws. Their goal: sell them in the lucrative illegal pet trade. To counter the traffickers, brave community members have united to patrol and protect the nests, recognizing that in some ways, their own fates are tied to those of the birds. Poachers and Protectors: The Story of Scarlet Macaws in Honduras puts a spotlight on the wildlife trafficking crisis in Latin America, but introduces us to some of the heroes who are willing to risk it all for these iconic birds.

2019 best feature
nuns curse

Best Feature

A Nun’s Curse

By: Tommy Faircloth, Horse Creek Productions
Category: SC Local, Feature
Runtime: 01:15:00

Description: While on a weekend trip, a group of friends are forced to seek shelter inside an abandoned prison where a nun named Sister Monday had once been assigned. During her time at the prison, Sister Monday was suspected of killing prisoners who were serving out their sentences but before she could be questioned, she disappeared. Once inside the prison, terrifying childhood memories and family conflict come to the surface for the group where they are forced to face their fears. Don’t CROSS Sister Monday. She will PREY for you!
Starring horror icon Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) as Sister Monday, Damian Maffei (The Strangers: Prey at Night, “Man in the Mask”, Haunt), Kristi Ray (Pieces of Talent), Erika Edwards (Family Possessions), and Gunner Willis (Dollface). Makeup by Tony Rosen (The Conjuring, Halloween Kills, Creator of the Annabelle doll).

2019 Best Short
black dispatch

Best Short

Black Dispatch

Chip White
Category: Short Film
Runtime: 00:19:01

Description: Sable, a Confederate engineer’s house slave, risks everything by stealing military plans, in hopes of delivering them to the Union Army and earning her and her family’s freedom.

2019 Best Short
mocking bird

Best Animation

A Nun’s Curse

By: Katherine Crossan, David Donar
Category: Student Film | Clemson University, Animation, SC Local
Runtime: 00:02:30

Description: A mocking bird and walnut tree experience the change of seasons.

2019 best wildlife

Best Student Film


By: Zachary Johnson, Joe Butler
Category: Student Film
Runtime: 00:19:05

Description: A wounded union soldier stumbles upon a group of brothers in the confederate army, but things don’t go the way he expected.

2019 Best Foreign

Best Foreign Film


By: Cortometraje Manuel
Category: Foreign Film
Runtime: 00:08:23

Description: Manuel lives far from his family, immersed in a routine from which he can´t escape.

Resilience Poster

Audience Choice Winner


By: Keith Sahm, Robert Whitney
Category: Wildlife Conservation
Runtime: 00:14:56

Description: In June 2019, Special Operations veterans from FORCE BLUE partnered with the Turtle Hospital in Marathon Florida, the Loggerhead Marine Life Center, the Inwater Research Group and Florida Atlantic University to embark on a first-of-its kind mission to study the spread of Fibropapillomatosis (FP) amongst the Green Turtles of Florida.Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is a disease that affects sea turtles around the globe, but which has been particularly prevalent in the waters around Florida. The disease causes tumor growth in affected turtles, with the tumors often spreading to the eyes, blinding the turtles and making them unable to feed themselves or avoid boat strikes. RESILIENCE is the story of that 10-day mission and the healing experienced by all who took part.