UFFyc Announces 2015 Awards

The Underexposed Film Festival yc announced the jury prizes on Saturday, November 7, 2015. The awards were presented at a ceremony immediately following the final block of films screened at the Community Performance Center located in Rock Hill, SC. The 2015 program was comprised of 38 juried short films, selected from 200 submissions, and 20 Director’s Choice films, curated by Festival Director Karen Collins. The jurors for the 2015 UFFyc were Steve Childs, Michael Cusack, Joanna Davidovitch, Karen Keyes, Michael Rivers, Dr. Karen Stock, Frederick Taylor, Chris White, and Dr. David Wohl.

The Underexposed Film Festival yc presented ten awards in 2015 - the Grand Jury Prize; the best of each category – animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative; Cinema Carolina - awarded to the best independent film made in North or South Carolina, regardless of category, content, or subject; Woman to Watch (best female director); Best Student Film; and the Terry Roueche Audience Choice Award. The Cotton Alley Award, sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union, is an honorary award, recognizing a filmmaker’s achievements and commitment to the art of independent filmmaking.

Cotton Alley Award

Sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union


The Cotton Alley Award was presented to Patrick Fugit for his achievements and commitment to the art of the independent film throughout his career.

At 16, he made his Hollywood movie debut in the 2000 coming-of-age tale, Almost Famous. Discovered in an international casting search, Patrick became widely known for playing the lead role of William Miller. Already a classic, Almost Famous is touted as one of the 10 best movies of the decade from 2000-2010.

Over following years, Patrick amassed a number of credits in both studio and independent films, including White Oleander, Saved!, Wristcutters, A Love Story, We Bought A Zoo, Thanks For Sharing, Gone Girl, The Strongest Man, The List, and Queen of Earth. His dedication to independent film is not limited to features. Patrick’s commitment to the independent short film can be seen in You’re a Natural, A Night with Little Richard, Isip the Warrior, and Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Terrorist, which screened at the 2015 Underexposed Film Festival yc. The feature version of Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Terrorist is in the final rounds of consideration for the Sundance Creative Producing Lab.

His current project is by the creators of The Walking Dead. Fugit stars as the lead role in Outcast, for Cinemax. Production has caused quite a stir in York County, SC over the past year, where the production has turned historic downtown York into Rome, WV. They have also been seen filming in neighborhoods and on roads in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Chester, SC and Charlotte, NC. Outcast is set to premiere in 2016.

Grand Jury Award

the birch grove

Experimental | 2015 | 20 minutes 11 seconds

Country: USA

Director: Gabrielle Lansner

Assistant Director: Oni Brown

Executive Producer: Dean Taucher

Producers: Gabrielle Lansner, Roweena Mackay

Co-producer: Darcy Trunzo

Writer: Ellen McLaughlin

Cast: Lonnie Poupard, Jr., Matt Reeves, Colette Krogol, Hannah Tamminen, Hela Glaever

[Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner | Cinedans | Newport Beach Film Festival | San Francisco Dance Film Festival]

Caught between love and death, two brothers wrestle with their past in a dance towards reconciliation. A poetic film about the power of family ties, inspired by the novella of the same name by the Polish author, Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz. more info

Best Animated Film

The Lost Mariner

Animation | 2014 | 5 minutes 45 seconds

Country: Netherlands

Director: Tess Martin

Producers: Warren Etheredge, Brad Hutchinson

Cast: Ruud Aarden, Hank Botwinik, Kieran Dolan, Tjeerd Knoop, Jeff Hoyt