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The Chagrin Documentary Film Festival is honored to announce the Award winning films presented at the 2012 Festival Awards Ceremony. 

David Ponce Award for Best of the Festival

Fame High

Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy


Best Short Documentary

Future Learning

Directed by Eli Akira Kaufman 


Best Student Documentary


Directed by Katie Valovcin and Dan Duran


Best Environmental Documentary

Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives – The Environmental Impact of War

Directed by Alice Day and Lincoln Day


Best Feature Documentary

Fast Talk

Directed by Debra Tolchinsky


Best Human Spirit Documentary

Fambul Tok

Directed by Sara Terry


Best International Documentary

Ameer Got His Gun

Directed by Naomi Levari


Best Ohio Documentary

The Restorers – They Were All Volunteers

Directed by Adam White


Best Cinematography

The Lost Bird Project

Directed by Deborah Dickson


Best Social Awareness Documentary

Beating Justice – The Martin Lee Anderson Story

Directed by Andy Opel


Emerging Filmmaker

Love and Other Anxieties

Directed by Lyda Kuth

Honorable Mention awards were also presented to the following films:


Social Awareness 


Directed by Chris Schueler


Human Spirit

Rise and Dream

Directed by Judy-Anne Goldman


Ohio Documentary

The Lower 9: A Story of Home

Directed by Matthew Hashiguchi and Elaine McMillion 


Short Documentary

The Missing Note

Directed by Wes Carrasquillo


Feature Documentary

Service: When Women Come Marching Home

Directed by Marcia Rock and Patricia Stotter

Award Winners Home
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