EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival™ Award Winners Saluted as Janet Rose Announces New EIFF-Bozeman Tour Stop  

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival™ Award Winners Saluted as Janet Rose Announces New EIFF-Bozeman Tour Stop  

EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival® founder Janet Rose saw unprecedented success and unparalleled outreach for filmmakers, Native American spokespeople, and horse lovers through both the diversity of EIFF 2017 award winners and the addition of a new October stop on the film festival tour, hosted by Windhorse Equine Learning at the Emerson Theatre in Bozeman, Montana.  

On the 10th anniversary of the founding of Horse Haven Montana, the sanctuary cause behind the film festival, Rose presented award-winning author and horseman Monty Roberts with the inaugural EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival™ Icon Award for his dramatic and critical impact on horses’ lives and embodiment of the horse/human bond.
 
“We feel that our festival truly has the potential to make a difference in the lives of thousands of horses and humans, with the right messages, exposure and stories.  Monty and his daughter Debbie exemplify the hope we all share for the future of the horse/human relationship,” Rose said.
 
Roberts, who said his life’s goal is “to leave the world a better place than I found it, for horse and people too,” also accepted the EIFF Music Video Award for ‘Whisper,’ which opened the festival, hosted September 15-17, at the Roxy Theatre in downtown Missoula, MT. Written by Rick Caballo, Bill DiLuigi and Mike Ward, and performed by Carl Jackson, ‘Whisper’ was created, co-directed and produced by Jeanine Moret, and filmed by Dawn Perrine during Roberts’ Gentling Wild Horses course in Solvang, CA. Roberts also accepted EIFF awards for Best Short Series for ‘Palm Island: Horse Sense for People’ about his work with the indigenous youth of Australia, directed by Tara King; Best Series for ‘Backstage Pass’ from Monty Roberts Productions, filmed by Simon Palmer and edited by Dawn Perrine and Jeanine Moret, and Best Equine/Human Bond for ‘Shy Boy, The Horse that Came in from the Wild,’ from Monty Roberts Productions, directed by LaVoy Shepard. EIFF presented an hour-long Monty Roberts Retrospective, honoring the 82 year-old horseman’s work with horses and people over the decades. 
 
The EIFF Best of Festival and Best Script awards went to ‘Talking to the Air: The Horses of the Last Forbidden Kingdom,’ directed by Horsefly Films’ Sophie Dia Pegrum and Jen Miller and tied for Best Documentary with ‘Herd,’ directed by Stefan Morel, who also accepted the award for Best Cinematography, and EIFF Most Inspirational Award for directing ‘Blind Spot: Moments Unseen.’
 
EIFF Special Recognition for Equine Health & Education went to ECIR Group for ‘ECIR: No Laminitis!’ EIFF Best News went to ‘From the Kill Pen,’ from Sharon Boeckle, Sila Productions. EIFF Best Narrative Feature-Youth Story Program went to Kayli Fortun, for ‘Finding Fortune.’ Best Story & Film on Horse Rescue & Adoption went to ‘Horse Shelter Diaries’ directed by Donna Wells. EIFF Best Equine Training and Best Independent awards went to director Sarah Crowe for ‘Dyna Does Dressage.’
 
The EIFF Lifetime Achievement Award went to Smoke Elser for his extraordinary work in the Back Country with people, horses and mules.  The award was co-sponsored and presented by Back Country Horsemen of Missoula (Montana).

EIFF Award winners received online portfolios, provided by sponsors Equestrian Creative Network, to showcase their work to worldwide audiences.
 
EQUUS INTERNATIONAL Film Festival® is the official outreach project of Horse Haven Montana.  Learn more about EIFF, sponsorship opportunities, and how to submit entries for 2018 consideration on Facebook and at: www.equusinternationalfilmfestival.com

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