It's A Wrap! 2018 Alexandria Film Festival Closes on Record Year


With more than 70 films screened, and 60 filmmakers in attendance, the Alexandria Film Festival finished a record-setting year.

Cinema lovers from around the DMV enjoyed four days of movie magic starting Thursday, Nov. 8 with an opening night program of shorts at Waterfront Park (in perfect weather!). The festival concluded Sunday, Nov. 11 with awards ceremony and lavish reception featuring short ribs and crab cakes sponsored by Ted’s Montana Grill.

Film fans were treated to a huge variety of features and shorts from around the world in every genre. The opportunity to learn about film and filmmaking from the artists themselves made the annual event a not-to-be-missed experience.

In the final winner’s circle were:

  • Best of Fest ($300 prize): “Hunting Lands,” Edwin Stevens

  • Joe Cantwell Award for Documentary Achievement ($250 prize): “American Relapse,” Pat McGee

  • Special Jury Prize ($200 prize): “I Wrote This For You,” Jason Zavaleta, Matt Stoner, Brennan Keel Cook

  • Audience Award ($100 prize): “The Makeover,” Sarah Park and Jane Pittman

  • Best of Region ($100 prize): “Warpath: The Road to States,” Clark Vandergrift

Mayor Allison Silberberg and festival chair Margaret Wohler presented the awards. In addition to cash prize, all winning filmmakers receive a fused art glass plaque custom made by a local artist.