No Coast Film Fest Awards
Each No Coast Film Fest award is a one of a kind piece, handcrafted by a local artist. This year the awards have been created by Emporia glassblower, Nic Diken.
GRAND JURY PRIZE
Each official selection is scored on nine different metrics by our panel of judges. The Grand Jury Prize is awarded to the highest average score.
Metrics scored include: Originality / Creativity, Direction, Writing, Cinematogrpahy, Performances, Production Value, Pacing, Structure, & Sound/Music
The Kraken is awarded to an excellently crafted short that was truly unexpected - as surprising as a kraken in a landlocked state.
This award goes to one of the most original or creative shorts we see in our festival lineup. One that reaches off the screen, grabs us, and refuses to let go.
AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD
This award is for the most crowd-pleasing short, and is chosen through popular vote by attendees at the 2021 No Coast Film Festival.
2021 Guest judges
Melanie Addington is the Executive Director of Tallgrass Film Festival as of May 1. She has worked in the film festival world since 2006, first as a volunteer, and then eventually becoming the Oxford Film Festival Executive Director in August 2015. She used to be a reporter for the Oxford Eagle (a community newspaper) and then Pizza Magazine Quarterly (Global trade magazine). She still loves pizza. She is from Southern California originally but lived in the South for 20 years. She has family in Wichita and considers it a great new home. She also writes, directs, and produces films. She is married and has one son.
Pete Rydberg (He/His) earned his B.A. in theatre at St. Olaf College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He has served as Artistic Director for a number of companies, including a stint with Mercury Players in Madison, Wisconsin, and was most recently Director of Theatre at a liberal arts college in Western Pennsylvania. He is thrilled to be back under midwest skies as ESU’s Director of Theatre. Among the courses he teaches are Script Analysis, Directing, and Theatre History.
José Faus is a native of Bogota, Colombia and a long-time Kansas City resident. He is a visual artist, performer, writer and teacher.
He received degrees in Studio Art/Painting and Creative Writing/Journalism from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He has been involved in a series of mural projects locally and internationally and participated in a variety of community engagement projects.
He won the Poets & Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange contest for the state of Kansas. He received a Rocket Grant for the community project VOX NARRO. He is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and sits on the boards of UMKC Friends of the Library and is president of the board of The Writers Place.
Before he was the most excellent director you’ve never heard of, Sam Rocco was a struggling actor, mediocre hip-hop producer, and Air Traffic Controller. He spent his childhood in New Jersey watching Spielberg movies and pretending to be a Ninja Turtle. He has a totally normal obsession with comics and action movies, and is determined to one day make a buddy-cop-action-film that may or may not involve dinosaurs. Rocco spent five years in the United States Navy and HAS AN MFA in Film Production FROM USC. When not writing or directing the next in-your-face action/COMEDY/HORROR/epic, Rocco spends most of his time searching for Pokémon, eating bean burritos on his motorcycle, or writing third-person bios about himself.
Sam's graduate thesis short film, 'The Bee' is the winner of the first No Coast Film Fest Kraken Award, and his short film 'Angie' was a 2020 Official Selection.
Peter Jasso is a graduate of USC’s School of Cinema-Television with a degree in Film/ Video Production and an alumnus of Film Independent’s Project Involve Mentorship program. He has worked in a variety of capacities in the entertainment industry including sound recording and designing for independent film/video projects, development for various production companies including American Zoetrope and instructor at the New York Film Academy. Peter also produced a short film in Kansas that screened as part of the American Film Institute International Film Festival in LA. He has directed several short documentaries and is a recipient of the Mana de Topeka media award and the KC Film Fest Karen McCarthy Outstanding Service Award. Peter has served as Director of the Kansas Film Commission since 2002 and Director of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission since its creation in 2012. He is a native of Topeka and currently resides in Lawrence.
Sav Rodgers is a filmmaker and writer from Kansas City. His work often centers on the queer experience through a comedic or personal lens. He is the director of CHASING CHASING AMY, an upcoming feature documentary about the cultural impact of Chasing Amy (1997) on the greater LGBTQ+ community and the profound, lasting impression on his own life. Sav also delivered a TED Talk on the subject titled, “The rom-com that saved my life.”
In 2014, Sav founded Professional Amateur Productions as a film student at the University of Kansas. Since its creation, Sav’s films have been featured at numerous film festivals worldwide, including Academy Award-qualifying events such as Slamdance and the Cleveland International Film Festival. His last short film, QUEEN FOR A DAY, made its international debut at the American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2019, he received the Filmmaker of the Year Award at the Austin Revolution Film Festival.
In addition to his work as a director/writer, Sav is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Transgender Film Center, a nonprofit aiming to help trans creators bring finished films to audiences around the world. Currently, he also serves on the Board of Directors for Film Society KC and on the Advisory Council for the Vidiots Foundation. Sav has also programmed at numerous film festivals, including Slamdance, Outfest, and the Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival. As a creative, Sav has also previously been a TED Resident, and OutSet Fellow at Outfest, a Charlotte Street Studio Resident, and a Creative Fellow at Artist INC and Artist INC Advance.
Katie Mae Peters
Katie Mae Peters has been described as an "actress, producer, comedian, stunt performer, and all-around-entertainment-engine." She was the director of a live, multi-camera television show by the time she was in high school, and has since been a zombie on The Walking Dead, a coach for Team USA Roller Derby, a genuine Texas filmmaker, and a stunt performer in Los Angeles. She has also written, directed, starred in, and produced numerous projects.
Katie starred in "The Bee," winner of the 2019 Kraken Award and wrote and coproduced "Angie," a 2020 Official Selection.