Thank you to all the filmmakers, volunteers, and patrons who came to last year's Fifth Annual Big Water Film Festival, and to all the sponsors who helped make it happen. We had sell-out crowds both Friday and Saturday nights, and we think the audience enthusiasm throughout the weekend was matched by the quality of the films. All of our selections are still up on our Films page. We had so many excellent films last year that the award process was more difficult than ever.
Here are the winners from the Fifth Annual Big Water Film Festival. Congratulations to each one of you!
Audience Favorite: Go Ganges! J.J. Kelly and Josh Thomas.
Best Feature: Somewhere West. David Marek.
Best Documentary: Smokin' Fish. Cory Mann and Luke Griswold-Tergis.
Best Short: Prisoner of Her Past. Howard Reich and Gordon Quinn.
Best Short-Short: Bounce. John Akre.
Loren Savitsky Young Filmmaker Award: Lazarus. Nicholas Giombi.
Honorable Mention (Documentary): Wild Bill's Run. Mike Scholtz.
Plan now to attend the Sixth Big Water Film Festival!
November 8, 9, and 10, 2013
Thanks to our 2012 Sponsors! We couldn't have done it without you.
2012 BWFF SPONSORS
Producers ($1,000+)Chequamegon Bay Arts Council Enriching the arts in the Chequamegon Bay region through exhibits, grants, and lots of fun stuff.
Washburn Family Dentistry 16 East Bayfield Street Washburn, WI 54891 715-373-2612 Worth driving hundreds of miles to get dentistry services here.
Directors ($500+)Ashland Foundation 214 Vaughn Avenue Ashland, Wisconsin 54806 Supporting the community for generations.
Orion Magazine A unique and beautifully produced magazine whose mission is to inform, inspire, and engage individuals and grassroots organizations in becoming a significant cultural force for healing nature and community.
Cinematographers ($250+)Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce 1716 West Lake Shore Drive Ashland, WI 54806 715-682-2500-800-284-9484 The friendly folks here will let you know if the smelt are running in the Spring-- and answer anything else you need to know.
Jim and Leslie Hamp Film aficionados par excellence! 321 West Main Street Ashland, WI 54806 715-682-2772 and 226 West Bayfield Street Washburn, WI 54891 715-682-8826 Take out a mortgage from NSB and buy a house here, so you never have to miss a film.
Siegler Law Office, S.C. 404 West Main Street Ashland, WI 54806 715-682-6442 Even better than "My Cousin Vinnie."
LBS Insurance 303 Main Street West Ashland, WI 54806 715-682-6197 Ask about their special policies to insure against the risk of missing that great film you want to be sure to see. Stone's Throw Pottery 40 South 2nd Street Bayfield, WI 54814
Special Effects ($100+)Associated Bank 221 4th Avenue West Ashland WI 54806 715-682-9371 BWFF is happy to take donations-- and we'll deposit them here.
Madeline Island Ferry Line P.O. Box 66 La Pointe, WI 54850 715-747-2051 There's no better break for weary film-viewing eyes than to hop the ferry to the Island. River Rock Inn and Bait Shop 1200 West Lake Shore Drive Ashland, WI 54806 715-682-3232 In Ashland, the place to stay on the Bay-- or to pick up fresh or smoked fish to take home.
Ron's Repair and Towing 77655 State Highway 13 Washburn, WI 54891 715-373-2030 While you're watching the films, Ron will fix your car for the trip home.
Solstice Outdoors 400 West Main Street Ashland WI 54806 715-82-3590 The place in the Bay area for outdoor and sporting clothes and gear.
Xcel Energy Providing the power that runs our projectors!
Opening Reception Sponsors2nd Street Bistro Co-Co's Artisan Breads and Fine Pastries Maggie's Restaurant Ashland Washburn Bayfield
North Coast Coffee DaLou's Bistro Deep Water Grille Washburn Washburn Ashland
Ashland Baking Company Johnson's Flower Shop Good Thyme Restaurant Ashland Ashland Washburn