Artists 2021

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Meet singer-songwriter Taylor Fagins (US) – our 2021 Music Competition Award Winner for Songs of Protest / Songs of Freedom / Songs of Peace and our 2021 Music Grand Prize Award Winner for his song “We Need More” – highlighting this years competition theme (The) Politics of Emotion. See him on the 20th Anniversary presentation of American Idol on ABC beginning 02/27/22.

Meet photographer, mixed-media, and spoken word artist Bevin Miriell Macutay (Philippines/US) – a 2021 Spoken Word Competition Experimental Performance Finalist for her video “Exist” – highlighting this years competition theme (The) Politics of Emotion.

Meet filmmaker Julian Hall (US) whose film “American” was featured in THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE: 2021 program (The) Politics of Emotion III: Oppression.

Meet filmmaker CJ Arellano (US) – our 2021 winner for Best Director for his short film “Griffica” and featured in our 2021 film festival program (The) Politics of Emotion V: LGBTQ+.

Meet composer Andrea Montalbano (Italy) – our 2021 Music Competition Award Winner for Best Classical/Operatic Composition for his song “Horizon I” highlighting our 2021 Juried Arts Competition theme (The) Politics of Emotion.

Meet singer-songwriter Shondra Jepperson (US) – our 2021 winner for Best Rock/Rock Alternative for her song “Greed Incorporated” highlighting our 2021 Juried Arts Competition theme (The) Politics of Emotion.

Meet filmmaker Harry James Dwinell (US) whose film “Home (The Gambia)” is featured in THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE: 2021 program (The) Politics of Emotion I: Defy.

Meet filmmaker Slav Velkov (Bulgaria) whose short film “A New World” is featured in THE ARTISTS FORUM FESTIVAL OF THE MOVING IMAGE: 2021 program (The) Politics of Emotion III: Oppression.

Meet filmmaker Meet Leandro Taub (Argentina/US) – our 2021 winner for Best Screenplay and nominee for Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Narrative Feature, Best Sound Design, and our 2021 Juror’s Award, for his film “Externo” – and featured in our 2021 film festival program (The) Politics of Emotion VI: Features.

Meet filmmaker Marcellus Cox (US) – a 2021 nominee for Best Director, Best Narrative Short, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor (Charlz Williams and Stephen Cofield Jr) for his film “Mickey Hardaway” and featured in our 2021 film festival program (The) Politics of Emotion III: Oppression.

Meet filmmmaker Jess Irish (US) – a 2021 winner for Best Documentary and our Juror’s Award, as well as a 2021 nominee for Best Sound Design for her film “This Mortal Plastik” and featured in our 2021 film festival program (The) Politics of Emotion II: Survive.

Meet filmmaker David Giardina (US) – a 2021 winner for Best Comedy for his film “I May Be Wrong” and featured in our 2021 film festival program (The) Politics of Emotion II: Survive.

Meet composer Alexander Collins (UK) – a 2021 nominee for Best Classical/Operatic Composition for his song “The Nature of Humanity” highlighting our 2021 Juried Arts Competition theme (The) Politics of Emotion.

Meet singer-songwriter Christopher Hoyle (US) – a 2021 finalist for Best Children’s/Holiday/Novelty for his song “North Jersey Detectives” highlighting our 2021 Juried Arts Competition theme (The) Politics of Emotion.

Meet filmmaker Loïc Faquet (France) – a 2021 nominee for Best Cinematography and Best Experimental Short for his film “Alezan” and featured in our 2021 film festival program (The) Politics of Emotion I: Defy.

Meet filmmaker Jil Guyon (US) – whose film “Widow’s End” was featured in our 2021 film festival program program (The) Politics of Emotion IV: Darkness.

Meet filmmaker Rippin Sindher (US) – a 2021 nominee for Best Documentary Short for her film “Seva”and featured in our 2021 film festival program (The) Politics of Emotion III: Oppression.

Meet filmmaker Mykhailo Bogdanov (Ukraine/US) – our 2021 winner for Best Student Short and nominee for Best Cinematography for his film “What God Wants” and featured in 2021 film festival program (The) Politics of Emotion IV: Darkness.

Meet filmmaker Brian Plonka (US) – a 2021 nominee for Best Editing for his film “In Plane English” and featured in our 2021 film festival program (The) Politics of Emotion III: Oppression.

Meet filmmaker Bill Spring (US) – a 2021 nominee for Best Actress (Carey Brianna Hart) for his film “I Elect: Power Every Four Years” and featured in our 2021 film fest program (The) Politics of Emotion I: Defy.

Meet filmmaker Dirk Hoyer (Germany/Estonia) – our 2021 winner for Best Documentary Feature for his film “Hinterland Hideout” and featured in our 2021 film festival program (The) Politics of Emotion VI: Features.

Meet filmmaker Amanda Madden (US) – a 2021 nominee for Best Editing and Best Experimental Short for her film “Dear Elsa: 10 Letters + 10 Experiments” and featured in our 2021 film festival program (The) Politics of Emotion V: LGBTQ+.

Meet filmmaker Brian Newell (US) – a 2021 nominee for Best Dark Themed Short and Best Actor (Michael Ford) for his film “Hide and Seek” was featured in our 2021 film fest program (The) Politics of Emotion V: LGBTQ+.

Meet filmmaker Jay Mohan (India/US) – a 2021 nominee for Best Narrative Feature, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor (Manoj Balraj and Jiju Nair) for his film “Ruins.” His film was featured in our 2021film fest program, Politics of Emotion VI: Features.

Meet musician Ajay Mathur (India/Switzerland) – our 2021 1st Place winner for Best Indie/Singer-Songwriter for his song “Stop the Shame” by Ajay Mathur & Mary Lou Austreng von Wyl (Switzerland) highlighting our competition theme, (The) Politics of Emotion.

Meet filmmaker Javid Farahani (Iran) – a 2021 nominee for Best Narrative Short, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor (Farhad Najafi) for his film “The War Within.” His film was featured in our 2021 film fest program, Politics of Emotion IV: Darkness.

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