Three UNCSA films honored by Longleaf Film Festival

All dancers sit on the floor shielding their eyes except one dancer.Three UNCSA short films have been awarded honors by jurors in advance of the Longleaf Film Festival.
Seven other UNCSA short films were chosen as official selections and all 10 UNCSA films will screen in the festival during the festival’s “2021 One Last (Virtual) Viewing Event" from 4 p.m., Friday, May 14, through 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 15.
All Longleaf Film Festival events, programs and screenings are free to the public.

"2021 One Last (Virtua) Viewing Event"


  • “Sideways” was awarded Judges’ Choice Winner for Best Overall Narrative Film
  • “échappé” was awarded Best Drama in the Narrative Short Category
  • “In Our Nature” was awarded Best Overall in the Animated Film Category

About the films


“Artificial” was written and directed by Caitlin Donnelly, produced by Dillon DiPietro, with cinematography by Ian McCay, production design by Grant West, editing by Bateman Lewis, music by Will Church, costume design by Sarah Loveland and wig & makeup design by Brittan Furr.


"Cycling" was written, directed and animated by Victoria Cruell, produced by Kayana Waller, with sound design by Maddison Whitfield and music by Alezandra Franco Zorro.


"échappé" was directed by Rebecca Walters; written by Walters and Brandon Rieff; produced by Rieff and Julia Lofton Walpole with cinematography by Rachel Schattle; production design by Shelby Grzech; editing by Joe Linford; sound design by Linford; music by Alexander and Christopher Egersdoerfer; choreography by Gary Taylor (Dance '90), founder and artistic director of Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, and Isabel Newport, a third-year contemporary dance student in the School of Dance; costume design by Rachel Nicole Anderson; and wig and makeup design by Brittan Furr.


"Europa" was directed by Joey Moore; written by Edward Taveras; produced by Taylor Davis; cinematography by Jack Salmon; production design by Madison Harvey; editing by Graham Swanston; sound design by Langston Styles; music by Scott Rodeheaver; costume design by Dale Jones; wig and makeup design by Joan Paluska.

“In Our Nature”

"In Our Nature" was written by Echo Wilson and Nick Bailey, directed and animated by Echo Wilson, produced by Nick Bailey, with animation and coloring by Mckayla Singleton, Abby Davenport, and Kamryn Szeliga, editing and sound design by Jacob Boyle and music by Alexandra Franco Zorro.

“Pink, White & Blue”

"Pink, White & Blue" was directed, edited and sound designed by Ash Malone, produced by Epiphany James, Ellie Emfinger, and Erin Gallagher, with cinematography by Ian Price and music by Michael Gaffney.

“Rocky Road”

"Rocky Road" was written and directed by Madison Crisp and Victoria Sosa; produced by Robert Mageau; animated by Crisp, Sosa, Sean Browne, Riley Harber, Melissa Rooker, Beau Sheil, Vale Stanley, and Alaina Watkins; edited by Isabel Rodriguez; sound design by Desiree Winns; music by Scott Rodeheaver.


"Sideways" was written by Ben Trauner, directed by Daniel Robert Smith, produced by Thatcher Johnson-Welden, co-produced by Sam Varriale, with cinematography by John Curtis, production design by Jordan W. Sayman, edited by Nikos Spiridakis, sound designed by Micah Godsey and Spiridakis, with music by Michael Gaffney, costume design by Lizzie Lovett, and wig & makeup design by Nic See.

“Spread Among Us”

"Spread Among Us" was written and produced by Devin Peluso, directed by Travis Stewart, with cinematography by Jacob Love, production design by Ben Ter Haar, editing and sound design by Zachary Smith, music by Calvin Evans, Jr., costume design by Sarah Sims, and wig & makeup design by Ben Psimer.

“Take Care”

“Take Care" was written by Ashley Miller, directed by Cameron McCormack, produced by Emily Drake Padgett and Jordan T. Moore, with cinematography by Mitchell Brinker, production design by Meghan Cowen, editing and sound design by Eric Randolph, music by Hudson Waldrop, costume design by Olivia Alicandri, and wig & makeup design by Saoirse Keegan.

Contact: Kate Miller

May 4, 2021

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