Congratulations are in order! We officially have our winners for our 2020 Josiah Media Festival, and now we cordially extend our invitation for your participation in our awards celebration, taking place January 29-31, 2021.
This past year our 14th annual Josiah Media Festival took place over the course of December and January. Due to COVID-19, the festival was moved completely online, and ran for a nearly 24 hours nonstop on the weekends. Though 2020 brought a lot of challenges, the hard work from these young artists is not diminished. The amount of talent, and impact found within these beautifully crafted films goes unmatched and Urban-15 could not be prouder of all its participants. We received 2,270 film submissions from 24 countries, and have narrowed it down to our 12 winners. This accomplishment is a milestone in their career, and we are happy to relish the future of International Cinema!
Please join us in giving these films the proper praise, and recognition they deserve. Because our global audience will be viewing across international time zones, we will have our awards schedule on repeat so no one misses all the excitement. Below is a detailed awards schedule for the entire weekend. This will consist of a final screening of all 12 films, counting down from 3rd place, to 1st, and categorizing each place by genre; Documentary, Animation, Experimental, and Narrative. Interviews with the filmmakers will follow after each film. Congratulations again to these extraordinary artists, we hope you can save the date and join us for an unforgettable night!
Josiah Media Festival Awards Schedule
27 Second Memory Ivan Kachalin Russia 19 Years Old
Good Boy Anastasia Rodionova Russia 18 Years Old
Lapse Piper Rose Morrison USA 19 Years Old
Broccoli Elliott Fettweis France 21 Years Old
The Global Food Waste Elise Dadouria USA 21 Years Old
Crisis & the Danish Solution
Sexy Sushi Calleen Koh Yee Lin Singapore 21 Years Old
Pressure Julian Pixel Schmiederer Austria 18 Years Old
Unlocked Polina Litvinova Germany 21 Years Old
Left Behind Maggie Ding USA 16 Years Old
A Cold Day Victor Percy Brazil 21 Years Old
Ataraxia Lucia Dugatkin Chile 16 Years Old
Escape Laura Hadsund Baarstrøm Denmark 19 Years Old
For a detailed list of the winners and their biographies, please visit: https://urban15.org/josiah-media-festival/2020-festival-schedule/
The 2020 Josiah Media Festival also includes six new online film workshops geared to middle and high school students, available here for 24/7 access: https://urban15.org/2020-student-workshops/
When Marcus and Nancy Neundorf met with URBAN-15 directors in 2007, no one could have envisioned that a memorial screening of films by their recently deceased son, Josiah Neundorf—a talented young media artist from San Antonio, Texas, USA who succumbed to bone cancer in 2006—would evolve into an internationally-recognized film festival. Since its founding, young filmmakers participating in the Josiah Media Festival have gone on to receive acclaim at other film festivals worldwide; garner attention from national and international media; excel at schools such as Tisch, USC, AFI, Chapman, Columbia and Ringling; and begin thriving professional careers.
All screenings and workshops are free. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (210) 736-1500, or visit urban15.org.