The 2nd annual Kanab Film Fest was the first post-Covid-19 event at the Kanab Center and it couldn’t have gone any better. Filmmakers and attendees came from a handful of states across the U.S. and Utah to celebrate independent filmmakers and screen their work.

As if meeting the filmmakers and watching their movies weren’t enough, event organizers Britt and Jeff Roth really added their own flavor to this three-day festival, sharing their love of all things Kanabian.

The kick-off party on the patio featured non-stop food from Havana Cabana food truck, cold beer from Wasatch Brewery and the smooth sounds of The Jon Stone band. Lunch on Friday was a pizza party catered by Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Pizza.

Saturday night’s wrap party, out back on Peekaboo’s private patio was a highlight. (I personally couldn’t get enough of those little grilled cheese sandwiches.)

Every screening featured an array of movie candy (thank you Kanab Drug) and handmade donuts from Rock n’ Donuts in Orderville.

Matt and Angie Hansen of Terry’s Camera led guests on a historical photo shoot and tour. The next morning Rick Kessel, of Dark Sky RV, and Leesa Page, local bird enthusiast, led a group around the reservoir in search of heron and eagles.

At this year’s event, organizers also added four industry workshops perfect for filmmakers and those aspiring to be. The workshops included “Directing and Producing” with Jefferson Richard, “Filming on an iPhone” with Jay Edwards of Netflix, “Screenwriting” with Heidi Strangeland, and “Acting” with Colin Cunningham.

And thanks to ‘rona, all the movies could be viewed online this year.

This is a list of the 2020 winners:

• Best Rona Short – “Bacterium Deliriun” directed by Francis Chicote and Nicole Tan

• Best Animated Short – “Square Guy” directed by Collin Mapp

• Best Student Short – “There She Was” directed by Kyle Plummer

• Best Visual Effects – “Highline” directed by Chris Smead and Gordo Gurley

• Best Comedy – “Sidepiece” directed by Teddy Tenenbaum

• Best Utah Short – “Shiny Shiny” directed by Jeff Sanders

• Best Short – “Lost” directed by Ali Navaeian

• Best of Fest – “Viewing” directed by Finn Szumlas

• Best Documentary – “Dog Valley” directed by David Linsday

• Best Feature – “The Good Wolf” directed by Wilfred H. Shipley

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