Presented by Bethany Lutheran College

Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the following winners of this year's Speechless Film Festival.


Professional Narrative
Netherlands, 17 minutes

William Lü: Director
This film is a dance narrative that uses movement as dialog.  It tells a story of a relationship stuck in a cycle of what seems to be another mundane day. Disjointed dialogs, empty embraces, and opposing desires impede one man's waking hours as he struggles to come to terms with his reality. Magnus calls the film “sophisticated and professional in its film work,” and Cobb describes the film as “nicely filmed and interesting physical theater.”

Draw, Don’t Speak

Student Narrative
USA, 10 minutes

Griffin Huber: Director
Draw, Don’t Speak is about an introverted high school boy who begins to develop a crush when one of his drawings accidentally finds its way into the hands of an adored classmate. Of the film, Casella writes: “I loved this little film. I had a smile on my face throughout the entire film—which I watched more than once!”


Professional Animation/Experimental/Other
UK, 9 minutes

Manuel Alvarez Diestro: Director
Diestro explains that this film centers on Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Developable space is scarce and new towns are built adjacent to the cemeteries. The world of the living coexists with the world of the dead. The scenario has the Hong Kong inhabitants moving from place to place, waiting for a final displacement. Cobb called this film “captivating and beautiful.”

I M Possible

Student Animation/Experimental/Other
USA, 5 minutes

Prasad Narse: Director
I M Possible was inspired by Narse’s father's struggle during his final days and moments. The story follows a basketball star, Christopher, who has spent a year in a wheelchair after a disastrous accident. After this trying time, the once active Christopher is determined to play basketball again on his disabled legs. A grueling challenge awaits him on the court.


Made in Minnesota (New Category!)
Waseca, MN, 6 minutes

Ted and Tonya Wittman: Directors
A young woman explores home in southern Minnesota. Paranoia becomes prevalent during her examination of the space.