INSPIRE. TRANSFORM. EDUCATE.
Metamora Film Festival (Online) is held 3x a year: spring, summer and fall. The festival showcases independent film from all over the world. We encourage indie filmmakers to submit their inspiring, thought-provoking and educational works.
Metamora Film Festival offers “low fee” submissions in four different categories: documentary, short film, thought-provoking film and student film.
THE POWER OF FILM
We believe that film has the power to change the world for the better. Here are two examples of how film change effect positive change:
- Former Vice President Al Gore won a Nobel Peace Prize after his film An Inconvenient Truth changed the world’s approach toward a controversial issue by weaving complex science with storytelling. All the key facts of global warming had been penned by academics, discussed among government leaders and covered on the evening news long before his film was released in 2006. Yet the film did something new to sway minds and change attitudes.
- The activist documentary Food, Inc. took a candid look at the cost industrial food production has on the public, delivering a stunning exposé on the food industry and how it interacts with water, air and people’s health, particularly children. The film helped influence important policy, such as the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization and Food Safety Act.
SPRING, 2017 WINNERS
(Best Thought-Provoking Film)
Diana Stefanescu was born in Iasi, Romania in 1984. Inspired to be an artist from a very early age, Diana’s grandparents were noted writers in her native country. Her grandfather, Boris Craciun, is a famous writer and television-radio correspondent. Her grandmother, Aurora Craciun, is a noted literary teacher and university director. Diana has inherited many of their qualities and passion for the arts.
The Next Door
(Best Student Film)
Two Mormon missionaries become concerned when someone they teach goes missing. As they search for the answers, they find themselves plunged into a world of danger and deceit.
The Next Door was produced by first and second year film students, completely independent of any institutional or faculty help, on a budget of $8,000. It also offers a twisted, thriller-esque look into the unfamiliar world of Mormon missionaries.
(Best Short Film)
Synopsis: Fleeting is a unique love story that explores some of the universal experiences and emotions that we go through throughout the course of a relationship. The film is told through both male and female perspectives while intertwining many experiences to help tell one unique love story.
Jeff Parenteau has been making films since 2005. He has a passion for creating imaginative narrative films that touch on different aspects of human consciousness and the wide range of human emotions. His films have been screened domestically (Canada) and internationally.
Touch of an Angel
(Best Documentary Film)
Director’s Comments: The film presents completely unknown facts about the existence of a failed Bureau of Emigration of Jews to Palestine in Auschwitz town, run by Schoenker’s father. “Touch of an Angel”, took five years to produce. I searched all over the world for documents to prove the truth of this story. It’s a very personal, poetic tale of a deaf man who returns to the places where he found refuge as a boy. He finds his hiding places bringing back horrific memories. Sounds return to him, which as he describes “shut in him like in a shell”.