The Cleaners Takes Raven Award for Best Feature at 2018 DOCUTAH: The Happiness Machine & The Farmer Win Best Short
Best Foreign Film Raven Goes to Genesis 2.0

September 8, 2018 – St. George, UT At the conclusion of the ninth DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival, winners of the 2018 Raven Awards were announced in 16 categories. The Cleaners won the Raven for Best Feature. The Happiness Machine and The Farmer tied for Best Short.

The full list of Raven Award winners are:

Best Feature,
The Cleaners, Directors: Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck
Best Short (tie)           
The Happiness Machine, Director: Rebecca B. Blumhagen
The Farmer, Director: Dan Jongbloed
Audience Favorite - Feature
The Illuminators, Director: Antti Haase         
Audience Favorite – Short
Connection in Crisis, Director: Dennis Zaidi 
Best Foreign Film      
Genesis 2.0, Director: Maxim Arbugaev
Emerging Filmmaker-Feature
Minding the Gap, Director: Bing Liu/Producer Dian Quon
Emerging Filmmaker-Short    
Lotte: That Silhouette Girl, Director: Carla Patullo, Elizabeth Beecherl
Humanitarian award - Feature
The Providers, Directors: Anna Moot-Levin, Laura Green
Humanitarian award - Short  
Minden Replying, Director: Maik Ludemann
Environmental Award
Bird of Prey, Director: Eric Liner
Filmmaker Passion Award (tie)         
The 5th Sun, Directors: Cristiana Pecci, Matteo Maggi
A Sniper's War, Director: Olya Schechter
President's Award      
A Serenade for Fanny, Director: Monique Marmodee
Dean's Award
How They Got Over, Director: Robert Clem
Mayor's award
Survivors, Director: Folke Ryden
Director's Award, Short          
Ferryman at the Wall, Director: David Freid
Director's award Feature
Rape of Recy Taylor, Director: Nancy Buirski
Audience Favorite – Feature: 3000 Cups of Tea, Sea Change
Audience Favorite – Short: Mrs. Schneider
Audience Favorite – Student Short: Hidden Life
This year’s Festival showed 68 films from 14 countries covering a vast variety of topics from war to rural healthcare to skateboarding to music or the environment.

“Each year DOCUTAH grows and increases in value and prestige. The opening this year of the DOCUTAH Red Cliffs Theaters was a resounding success in adding to the comfort of our attendees. The compact location allowed attendees and filmmakers to mingle in an intimate environment, allowing for a very full Festival experience,” said Della Lowe, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, DOCUTAH.

“The films chosen for this year were far and away some of the best we have ever seen. Choosing from such a glut of talent is not always an easy task,” Said Phil Tuckett, Executive Director of the DOCUTAH Festival and Professor of Digital Film at Dixie State University. “All 68 which were chosen to be included from those submitted were worthy competitors and we honor them all.”

“For the DSU College of the Arts to have not only a Digital film program degree but also an international documentary film festival as part of its offerings for our students and community alike is unique and sets Dixie State apart,” said Dr. Jeffery Jarvis, Dean, DSU College of the Arts. “The resource this Festival provides for our students across many disciplines is an invaluable part of their education.”
As part of Dixie State University’s academic component, DOCUTAH’s mission is to inspire a global connection through independent documentary films and audience access to filmmakers. ( read more )
“As the 9 th annual DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival approaches, we believe that our mission of presenting the world as it is to our audience is fulfilled by the variety of subjects included. This year there are 68 films from 14 countries, covering diverse subjects, which open a window on the human experience and the small planet on which we live,” continued Tuckett. “We are proud to partner with SUNDANCE to bring this wonderful family film to St. George.

The films included in the 2018 Festival, which runs from September 3 – 8, are listed on the Docutah Website. Complete Festival information and ticketing will be available in late July. 
DSU DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival™ celebrates the art of documentary filmmaking. The 2018 Festival runs from September 3- 8 and includes DOCtalk sessions and gala events The Festival takes place every September on the Campus of Dixie State University and offers a week of entertaining films from all over the world, as well as year-round programs including monthly DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC film screenings, all of which provide creative, cultural, and educational engagement. DOCUTAH also offers students at DSU an enhanced education and easy access to the Festival. ( read more )