For the second consecutive year, Nice Shoes presented the Nice Shoes Award at Indie Memphis. The award was presented by Nice Shoes Colorist/Partner Lez Rudge to writer-director Mark Jackson, for his film Without. A $25,000 value, the Nice Shoes Award is aimed at launching the winning director's next project to a more competitive level by providing color grading and finishing services at the NYC-based studio.
"The Nice Shoes Award has helped us make good on our Moviemaker Magazine ranking as one of the 'Coolest Film Festivals.' It provides the winning filmmaker with resources that would otherwise be beyond their means, and helps them take their project to the next level," said Indie Memphis executive director Erik Jambor. "That a filmmaker from anywhere in the country can screen their work in Memphis and win services in New York makes the award truly special."
This year's contenders in the Narrative Features competition were:
Bad Fever (77 minutes), directed by Dustin Guy Defa
Butterfly Rising (92 minutes), directed by Tanya Wright
David (80 minutes), directed by Joel Fendelman
The Dish and the Spoon (92 min), directed by Alison Bagnall
Five Time Champion (90 minutes), directed by Berndt Mader
How To Cheat (97 minutes), directed by Amber Sealey
A Little Closer (72 minutes), directed by Matthew Petock
Lord Byron (91 minutes) directed by Zack Godshall
Prairie Love (85 minutes), directed by Dusty Bias
Snow on tha Bluff (79 minutes), directed by Damon Russell
Without (89 minutes), directed by Mark Jackson
Woman's Picture (105 minutes), directed by Brian Pera