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Filmmakers honored on last day of 'Deep in the Heart Film Festival'

Filmmakers traveled near and far to attend the festival. Waco proves perfect for showcasing movies.
Posted at 7:26 AM, Jul 25, 2022

WACO, Texas — The annual Deep in the Heart Film Festival has come to a close but the true meaning behind bringing filmmakers to Waco was felt at Sunday's award ceremony, as tears of joy and excitement filled the room at the Art Center Waco.

Filmmakers sat on the edge of their seats as they announced the winners in various categories.

Congratulations to the 2022 Deep in the Heart Film Festival Award Winners

Genre Awards

Best Drama Short: Kalamiti

Best Horror/Thriller Short: Cutter

Best Documentary Short: Riding the Shadow

Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Short: Telos

Best Family Short: Nickels

Best Comedy Short: We All Die Alone

Best Music Video: Bones

Craft Awards

Best Director - Short: Vaishali Naik - 7 Star Dinosor Entertainment

Best Editing - Short: Dream Carriers

Best Cinematography - Short: Specter of Weeping Hill

Best Comedic Performance - Short: Joe Grisaffi - Joe Returns a Video

Best Performance - Dramatic Short: Rhona Rees - FREYA

Best Screenplay - Short: Cruise

Screenplay Contest - Best Script: The Audition

Screenplay Contest - Honorable Mention: Blood Spattered Pearls

Festival Awards

Best Texas - Short: First Impressions

Best United States - Short: Out of Tune

Best Student - Short: Saving Salvador

Best Foreign - Short: Kafkas

Special Jury Award: Ill Fated

Special Jury Award: Jettison

Special Jury Award: Man Seeking Man

Special Jury Award: Where the Winds Die

Best Short Film: Bainne

Audience Award - Short Film: The Tale of the Daughter

Feature Film Awards

Best Director: Micah Stathis - The Sisters Karras

Best Performance: Juliet Landau - A Place Among the Dead

Best Documentary Feature: One Pint at a Time

Best Feature Film: One Pint at a Time

Audience Award: One Pint at a Time

All of the films shown at the festival will be available to watch online from July 24- July 30. You can stream the films from your phone, tablet, computer, or TV. Visit for more information and a full list of films.

Filmmaker Melissa Bronski shared what a big deal this is for her peers, a symbol "that you are heading in the right direction."

Local directors Savannah Sivert and Taylor Hinds shared their vision of bringing their art to Waco "plant roots" in Texas. A similar task by local community members as they strive to bring a voice to the voiceless.

Art center Waco Dough McDurham said the "Deep in the Heart Film Festival" brings "great opportunities" to Waco for films and much more.

To showcase across the world that Waco is made for movies.

For more information on the festival you can visit their website,