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  • From Oxford American winner ‘Pilgrim’s Song’

After winning at Sundance and Cannes, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” seemed like a lock for the $10,000 Oxford American Best of the South prize. But the prize instead went to LRFF vet Martha Stephens’ “Pilgrim Song,” which Cheree Franco called “contemplative, graceful and sparse” in our preview of the festival. Stephens raised $8,440 via Indiegogo to fund the project, an amount that she told the Times represented about half of her budget. At that rate, she’s more than halfway finished funding her next project thanks to the prize.

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More winners:

Arkansas Times Audience Award: “Wolf”
World Shorts: “The God Phone”
Best Youth Film: “Colors in White”
Made in Arkansas Best Performance: Samuel Pettit in “Cain and Abel”
Made in Arkansas Best Director: Edmund Prince (Imraan Ismail) for “Shattered”
Charles B. Pierce Award for Best Arkansas Film: “Man in the Moon”
Golden Rock for Best Documentary: “High Tech, Low Life”
Golden Rock for Best Narrative Film: “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Oxford American Prize for Best Southern Film: “Pilgrim’s Song”


A previous version of this post incorrectly identified Ted Fendt as the director of “Shattered.”