Announcing The Winners for The 38th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival

The winners for the 38th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival are…


Best Documentary Feature: Dark Horse Candidate, Liss Platt


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Best Documentary Short: Disambiguation, Phoebe Tooke


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Best Animated Short: Hansel + Gretel, Soyeon Kim


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Hansel + Gretel Trailer


Best Experimental Short: Swallowed Whole, Heidi Kumao


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Swallowed Whole Clip


Best Narrative Short: Technical Difficulties of Intimacy, Joel Moffett

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Special Juror’s Award: …still, Alvalia Pemberton


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John Michaels Memorial Film Award:  (tied for first place)

The First Secret City, Alison Carrick & C.D. Stelzer      

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The First Secret City Trailer


Then Then Then, Daniel Schioler

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Then Then Then Trailer


The 38th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival has been made possible with the help of the SIU Department of Cinema & Photography, the College of Mass Communications & Media Arts, SIU Carbondale Student Fine Arts Activity Fee, the SIU Undergraduate Student Council, and The Big Muddy Crew.



Thank you to our jurors:

Rosalind Sibielski, Kris Swanberg, and Heather Elliott-Famularo


& the John Michaels Award Committee:

Sarah Lewison, Chair

Juana Duran

Tod Kington

Paul Matalonis

Steve Sawyer

Marilyn J Smerken


Congratulations to all of the 38th Annual Big Muddy Film Festival winners!