Award Plaques

In addition to prizes awarded to individual category winners (discussed on the Submissions page), all winners also receive a unique, hand-crafted (in North Carolina, no less, to celebrate the state’s heritage of pottery making) tile plaque.

2017

The artist for our 2017 award tile is Mary Farrell of Westmoore Pottery. Mary has been part of the Seagrove (Randolph County) community for more than 40 years and is inspired by pottery that was made in North Carolina between 1755 and 1850. “All the pottery is made to be used. . . . I aim to achieve as close a look to the old wares as I can without using a lead glaze,” she notes. “Essentially, what I am doing is trying to replicate the old pottery as it was when it was new, not as the somewhat worn antique it would be today.” Used in more than 120 museums and living history sites, Mary also creates products for period films.

2016

Longleaf Film Festival's 2016 award plaqueThe LFF award tiles for 2016 were made by Elise Atkins at Lithic Designs in Cary. Her plaques were made by transferring the festival logo onto marble tiles.

2015

Longleaf Film Festival's 2015 award plaqueAward tiles for Longleaf Film Festival 2015 were crafted by North Carolina potter Laura Weant of Snowhill Pottery and Tileworks. A graduate of Meredith College in Raleigh, she now works in Seagrove (Randolph County), where her work is inspired primarily by the Arts and Crafts movement and the Art Nouveau movement.

Tiles are accompanied with stands that denote the film’s title and winning category. Only enough plaques are crafted for each winner to take one home!

Special Event: Best of Longleaf 2015–2016

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Join us at the Museum of History on Friday, October 7, for a free showcase featuring ten Longleaf Official Selection short films!

Be in Daniels Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. to see the ten films (listed below) from Year One and Year Two, narrative and documentary shorts from the 2015 and 2016 Longleaf Film Festivals.

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RSVP for the event and make a donation, OR purchase concession packages—we’ll have candy, sodas, popcorn, and beer from Clouds Brewing in Raleigh. Pick from three concession packages when you RSVP—all proceeds will support next May’s free-to-attend Longleaf Film Festival. A Q&A session with film directors will follow the screenings.

Best of Longleaf is one of the Museum of History’s First Fridays at the Museum events, which means—as always—the museum’s lobby-level exhibits and the Museum Shop are open until 9 p.m., and beer samples are available (while they last).

The following ten narrative and documentary shorts from the 2015 and 2016 Longleaf Film Festivals will be screened:
 
 

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2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: 1-0
Saman Hosseinpuor
1-0 (2016 Official Selection; 1 min.)
A boy is watching a soccer game on TV and gets so excited he forgets he’s in the middle of a haircut. Oops!


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Civil
Andrew Stacy Huggins
Civil (2016 Official Selection; 9 min.)
One fateful day in South Carolina, 1865: Five individuals’ lives will be changed forever. Click here for a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Clyde's Place
David Puckett
Clyde’s Place (2016 Official Selection; 17 min.)
Every Tuesday since 1974, Clyde Maness has opened the doors of the Maness Pottery and Music Barn for the public to enjoy southern cooking, live music, and a vibrant social scene. Click here to watch a trailer.


2015 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: First Metro
Hugo P. Thomas
First Metro (2015 Official Selection; 6 min.)
Damien recently became a hobo, and he is about to beg in the subway for the first time. But how to beg? Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Keepsake
Meredith Sause
Keepsake (2016 Official Selection; 17 min.)
After their mother dies, estranged sisters Misty and Julie return to their childhood home to clean out her house. Unfortunately for them, their mother was a hoarder. Click here to watch a trailer.


2015 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: KERS
Alexia Salingaros
KERS (2015 Official Selection; 5 min.)
Braving the general public’s critical eye, a female graffiti artist reveals her talents and takes us through the struggles she faces in her art form.


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Jon Bacon and Steven Neilson
Oh Crappy Day (2015 Official Selection; 18 min.)
On a blind date with a charming young woman, a film student struggles to keep his OCD tendencies on the down low. Click here to watch a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Last Barn Dance
Jason Arthurs and Ted Richardson
The Last Barn Dance (2016 Official Selection; 32 min.)
Randy Lewis knows that losing his dairy business would mean losing his livelihood, but he is most worried about losing a way of life and ending a family heritage that has hosted barn dances for nearly 50 years. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: The Red Thunder
Alvaro Ron
The Red Thunder (2016 Official Selection; 7 min.)
Sarah, a nerdy teenager, needs her mom’s brand new car to go on a date with Danny, the boy she is in love with. Click here to view a trailer.


2016 Longleaf Film Festival Official Selection: Wut
Sergi Marti
Wut (2016 Official Selection; 12 min.)
Wut is a courageous Rottweiler, trained to obey his master . . . a Nazi soldier assigned to occupied France during World War II. Click here to view a trailer.


 

Click here for a list of award winners for 2016 . . .
Click here for a look at some photos from 2016 . . .
Click here for a list of award winners for 2015 . . .
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Shop!

Support Longleaf Film Festival in style!

2016 Longleaf Film Festival, May 14, 2016
Longleaf 2017 official Ts are a big hit—call 919-807-7835 to get one!

Official T-shirts from the 2017 festival (pictured above) are now available, as are shirts from 2016 (pictured below). Phone the Museum Shop at 919-807-7835 to order yours.

  • sizes small–XL: $17, plus shipping
  • size XXL: $18, plus shipping
Longleaf 2017 Official Ts are a big hit! Call 919-807-7835 to order yours.
Museum Shop display with 2016 official Longleaf Film Festival T-shirts.

Longleaf 2016: Photo Album

Two days of celebrating “Film, Fun, and Community!”—see for yourself, and plan to be a part of it next year . . .

 

All photos ⒸNorth Carolina Museum of History.

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#Free popcorn might be an initial draw, but a day of stories shown through independent film on three screens is the main attraction!

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Daniels Auditorium in the Museum of History is our largest screen and the setting for Saturday’s awards ceremony.

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A small group of “Longleafers” gathers outside Daniels Auditorium between film blocks, for concessions, directions—and some critiquing?

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Popcorn, candy, and soda. Oh, and films! Proceeds benefit the festival.

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Individuals associated with relevant films gather to answer questions from audience members during short discussion sessions that end each film block.

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Randy Lewis, The Last Barn Dance, responds during a Q&A/discussion session at the end of his film block.

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Longleaf Film Festival fans are happy film fans! Or so it would seem from a glance at this audience in the museum’s Daniels Auditorium—the main screening room for Longleaf Film Festival.

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Actor Eric Hartley (with beard), from Son of Clowns, and some friends wait for another film block to begin.

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Leah Welsh, one of many extraordinary volunteers for Longleaf, offers assistance with the BIG program.

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Robby Goodman, 1978 junior winner of the National Hollerin’ Contest in Spivey’s Corner (Sampson County), and Camille Hunt, registrar at the Museum of History, enjoy the Friday night reception for filmmakers.

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Jason Hutchens, Voices of the Lumbee, mingles at the filmmakers’ reception.

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Yearning to holler? Robby Goodman, The National Hollerin’ Contest at Spivey’s Corner, and Camille Hunt, registrar at the Museum of History, are flanked by Longleaf workers Stephen Evans (left) and Cassandra Bennett (right).

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Museum staffer Cassandra Bennett introduces filmmaker and actor Estes Tarver, who led the festival’s free “Acting for the Director” workshop.

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Filmmaker and actor Estes Tarver asks if any directors in the room want to audition. They did not.

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Filmmaker/actor Estes Tarver shared how experiences acting on television and stage can benefit directors in their efforts during the festival’s free “Acting for the Director” workshop.

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Thomas Varnum (left), entertainment and intellectual property attorney with Brooks Pierce in Wilmington, and filmmaker Vernon Rudolph led “How to Get to Distribution”—the festival’s first-ever lunch-n-learn panel discussion for filmmakers.

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Vernon Rudolph (far right), one of two presenters in the “How to Get to Distribution” lunch-n-learn panel, is a filmmaker and director who knows the distribution process firsthand. He and attorney Thomas Varnum both contributed suggestions for helping producers and directors work through the entire filmmaking-to-distribution process.

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Many valuable lessons came out of the workshop and the lunch-n-learn panel—at least for one attendee.

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A crowd slowly gathers for the Longleaf Film Festival’s annual filmmakers’ reception.

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Film, Fun, and Community—the Friday evening reception allows filmmakers from across the state to share lessons, stories, dreams, and plans.

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An array of posters from Longleaf’s official selections provides suitable decor in the Museum of History’s Demonstration Gallery, site of the Friday afternoon filmmakers’ reception.

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A group of high school filmmakers enjoys the Friday night reception in the Museum of History lobby. The reception followed an afternoon of two film blocks in Daniels Auditorium.

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Bits and pieces of the museum’s Starring North Carolina! exhibit, which gave rise to the Longleaf Film Festival in 2014–2015, made appearances as props for the second annual celebration of film.

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Marsha Gordon (center), one of three Longleaf Film Festival judges, enjoys visiting with filmmakers who attended the private reception.

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Filmmaker and panelist Vernon Rudolph no doubt talked a lot of shop—even at the festival reception.

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Bob Celli, Figs for Italo, and the inimitable Charlie share a moment during the filmmakers’ reception!

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Dylan Crumpler (left), Silly Honest Kind, one of several high school filmmakers with entries in Longleaf 2016.

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Sally Bloom, co-organizer of the film festival, opens the awards ceremony with words of thanks to filmmakers, sponsors, and volunteers.

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Guy Gaster, director of the North Carolina Film Office, served as emcee for the Longleaf Film Festival awards ceremony.

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Guy Gaster, North Carolina Film Office, thanks filmmakers for participating in the Raleigh festival. “North Carolina still has a lot to offer,” he encouraged.

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Many people who worked on the 39 films that received Tar Heel Tie-In awards were present to receive their recognition at the Saturday night ceremony.

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Jim Haverkamp and Ellen Hemphill, It Had Wings, won the 2016 Best Drama, Narrative Short category.

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Evan Kidd, Son of Clowns, accepts the 2016 Best Comedy, Narrative Feature award.

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Anna Jones accepted the 2016 Best Historical, Documentary Feature award for Chairman Jones—An Improbable Leader.

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Michael Davis, Union Bound, received awards for 2016 Best Drama, Narrative Feature and 2016 Best Overall, Narrative Feature.

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Andrew Stay Huggins, Civil, won the 2016 Best Drama, Narrative Short category.

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Peace in Our Pockets received recognition as the 2016 Best Overall, Documentary Feature selection.

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David Puckett accepts the winning plaque for Clyde’s Place, 2016 Best Historical, Documentary Short.

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Ellen Hemphill and Jim Havercamp returned to the stage when It Had Wings received a second award: 2016 Made-in-NC Winner.

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After winning 2016 Best Overall, Documentary Short, The Last Barn Dance returned to the stage to be recognized as the 2016 Judges’ Choice Winner.

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With the final award passed out, festival co-organizer Sally Bloom sighs and declares, “THAT’s a WRAP!” Preparations for the 2017 Longleaf Film Festival won’t start for a few weeks!

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Did you remember to pick up your must-have 2016 souvenir T-shirt? If not, watch to purchase them online—or visit the Museum Shop in person!

 

Click here for some 2016 facts and figures and the official selections . . .
Click here for a list of award winners for 2016 . . .
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