West Virginia FILMmakers Festival Announces WV FILMmaker of the Year, Lawrence Cumbo; and Award Winners for the 15th Annual Festival

SUTTON, W.Va.—The 15th Annual West Virginia FILMmakers Festival was held in Sutton’s Elk Theatre, Oct. 3–5. West Virginia FILMmakers in attendance with their projects:  Sonder, Jason Brown; The Flocking: Coal-aid Moviesode, Fertig; Border Patrol, Jason Litton; The Ultimatums Documentary, Ben Berry; WV Covered Bridges, Terry Lively/Vandalia Projects; Ted’s New Hobby, Rose Winland; and Coal Cocked, represented by Cindy Rank.
The Festival winners:
BEST STUDENT FILM, WV FILMmaker and Student Academy® Award Winner: Border Patrol, Justin Litton, Cinematographer (WV Filmmaker), Written and Directed by Peter Baumann.
WV FILMmaker of the Year: Lawrence Cumbo currently owns the Shepherdstown Opera House, the first motion picture theater in WV with sound.  Filmmaker, producer and cinematographer are a few of Lawrence Cumbo’s accomplishments.  From The Search for the Afghan Girl and American Transgender to 2014’s series for the Smithsonian Channel “Rocking the Opera House: Dr. John,” Lawrence is a well-rounded filmmaker. His films have earned an Emmy nomination, multiple Cine Golden Eagles and an award from the New York Festivals in the World’s Best Movie & TV category. Along with his filmmaking skills, Lawrence has kept the historic Shepherdstown Opera House operating and vibrant with a mix of music, films and local events.

BEST FEATURE FILM: Teacher of the Year, Jason Strouse, Writer & Director, Lainie Jordan, Producer, Los Angeles, CA  USA.
BEST ANIMATION: M’aidez, Jesse Turnbull, Baltimore, MD, USA.
BEST SHORT FILM: Sacrifice of Anna, Ali Sattarpour (France).
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY: Zio Ninuccio, Noriko Sugiura (Italy).
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: Kosma, Sonja Blagojevic (Serbia).

The Festival is pleased to announce that the 2015 Festival will include a WV FILMmaker in each category, in addition to an overall Festival Winner in each category.

The Festival wishes to thank their fantastic sponsors: Landmark Studio for the Arts, DaysHotel, Café Cimino, Elk River Foodland, Braxton CVB, Senator Doug Facemire, Elk Theatre, Sutton Moose Lodge 825, Elk Hostel, the WV Film Office and Gen11 Studios. Special thanks to our Festival Guest Artist, John K. Corser; PJ Berry’s, Relics and Rides, Make-a-Memory and the Town of Sutton.

The 16th Annual WV FILMmakers Festival will take place October 2, 3 and 4, 2015, in Sutton at The Elk Theatre. Kick Off Screenings will be held in September at The Lewis Theatre, Lewisburg, WV and the Shepherdstown Opera House, Shepherdstown, WV.

Call for Film Submissions for the 16th Annual WV FILMmakers Festival will take place in late April–June 2015 via FilmFreeway.com.