directed by Ken Horstmann 
Golden Magnolia, BEST SHORT- SAM,
directed by Hattiesburg resident, Jessy Hughes 
Audience Award, FOLLOW THE MONEY,
a documentary from the UK, directed by 
Steve Boggan, Ben Unwin, and John Hardwick
Best Cinematography,THE FLYING DUTCHMEN,
documentary, directed by Kendall Miller of McComb, MS
Best Actor, Jody Thompson (HIGH COTTON)
Best Actress, Kelly Murtagh (SEAGULLS)

The festival showcased 14 features and 14 shorts and hosted a sold out sneak preview screening of Miles Doleac's new feature THE HOLLOW. HOLLOW star James Callis (best known for his role as Gaius Baltar in SyFy Channel's BATTLESTAR GALACTICA) was on hand for a panel before the screening and to participate in a Q and A with Miles and members of the local cast afterward.

"This year was bigger and better than last," said Expo Director. "It is our aim to grow the festival each year, to continue to provide Mississippi-based independent filmmakers a platform to showcase their work and to build a festival that commands worldwide attention and shines a positive light on the film community in our state. It's great to see Mississippi filmmakers not only showing their films here, but winning the awards. That's a very special thing." 
In terms of worldwide attention, Doleac was pleased to showcase films from as far away as the UK and Australia. UK-based documentary FOLLOW THE MONEY even won the festival's audience award and one of its director's, Ben Unwin was on hand to accept.






June 1 - June 17, 2017

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