The attendance record was broken with 7,600 people taking part in some part of the festival.
Images from the 2013 Festival
Besa: The Promise
Directed by Rachel Goslins, Takoma Park, MD
Synopsis: Besa: The Promise is the never-before-told story of the Muslims of Nazi-occupied Albania who saved the lives of thousands of Jews during WWII. It's witnessed through the modern-day prism of two men joined together in a remarkable and unexpected quest: Norman H. Gershman, a renowned American photographer determined to record the bravery and compassion of the Albanians, and Rexhep Hoxha, an Albanian toy shop owner who sets out to return three precious books to the last surviving member of the Jewish family his Muslim father sheltered sixty years before. When these two men meet, an extraordinary and utterly unexpected personal drama is set in motion - one that bridges generations and religions, uniting fathers and sons, Muslims and Jews.
Best Short Film:
Directed by V.W. Scheich, Playa del Ray, CA
Synopsis: 'Wallenda' is a short film about the unlikely beginning of Karl Wallenda's amazing high wire career. Set in 1920's Germany, we follow Karl's journey as a young man answering an advertisement for a handstand artist to capturing the hearts of a demanding audience by his daring and courage on the high wire. Karl would later go on to establish the Flying Wallendas, an internationally famous circus act known for performing death defying feats on the high wire, such as the sensational seven person pyramid..
Bad Advice From Good People
By Gary Weeks, Atlanta, GA
Synopsis: When a kind and loving Husband gets a note to “sign divorce papers” on his wife’s honey-do list, his friends kidnap him and force-feed him horrible relationship advice, all in the hopes of retraining his manhood before he can confront her.
Best Student Film:
Shoot the Moon
Directed by Alexander Gaeta, Los Angeles, CA
Synopsis: Marcy Meyers is down on her luck. Faced with piling bills, the remnants of a failed marriage, and now an imminent home foreclosure, she places all of her hope onto a national game show that promises a once-in-a-lifetime chance to win it all.
Best Animated Film:
Fish and Chicks
Synopsis: Two fish fight over the new girl in town.
Directed by Daniel Berkowitz, Winston-Salem NC
Granny's Got Game
Directed by Angela Alford, Raliegh, NC
Synopsis: 'Granny's Got Game' is a documentary feature film about a senior women's basketball team in North Carolina. These six fiercely competitive women in their seventies battle physical limitations and skepticism to keep doing what they love. The film follows them for a year as they compete for another National Senior Games championship. After two decades together, these women are more than a team...they are a family.