Best Filmmaker

Andy Smetanka

The best is yet to come from Andy Smetanka—or at least the biggest. The local filmmaker, who has long applied his meticulous stop-motion animation technique to music videos for the likes of The Decemberists or short films for the likes of director Guy Maddin, has been hard at work the last two years on a feature-length World War I effort titled And We Were Young. While that much-anticipated project nears completion, it’s not like Smetanka hasn’t satiated his many fans with new work. He scored national publicity last August for contributing animation to the music video of Pearl Jam’s “Mind Your Manners.” You know, just helping arguably the most popular rock band of our time launch its latest album. Not a bad “side project” as Smetanka finishes his first feature. Andy Smetanka: vimeo.com/andysmetanka

Finalists, Best Filmmaker


2. Alex & Andrew Smith: winterinthebloodfilm.com

3. Doug Hawes Davis: highplainsfilms.org


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