History

Since its inception, our team has screened 1000+ films including hundreds of World Premieres. The festival has visited some of the world’s greatest venues and hosted hundreds of judges and filmmakers from around the globe. The festival is looking for undiscovered films and animations & the visionary voices behind them. 

The “technology” in our festival’s name comes from the festival’s embracing new and emerging entertainment technology not only in films, but also for the method of the screenings themselves. In fact, the festival has the distinction of being the first to use several new technologies. As Film Threat noted, “(The festival) uses technology as a method to showcase projects with new and often cutting-edge technological advancements.” 

But, of course, the festival’s focus has always been on finding the very best shorts, features, documentaries, animations, experimental films, web series, TV series and more. Over the years, we’ve had the pleasure of screening hundreds of amazing works from some of the world’s top talents.

Past award winners include:

  • Home Delivery written by Stephen King & Elio Quiroga and Presented by Guillermo del Toro
  • The Receipt directed by Tim Garrick and featuring Kristen Bell and Dina Meyer
  • The Freak, a breakthrough CG animated film by director Aristomenis Tsirbas (Battle for Terra)
  • Traffic Warden, a short live action film by director Donald Rice, staring future Dr. Who, David Tennant
  • Moongirl written & directed by Henry Selick (This short was LAIKA’s first production)
  • And countless others
Isaac Adamson

Isaac Adamson

Portland-based screenwriter Isaac Adamson has written film and TV projects for Netflix, Lionsgate, Fox, AMC and a host of others. His script “Bubbles” was the #1 screenplay on the 2015 Black List and he’s the author of five published novels. He’d rather be playing soccer, though, or noodling around on guitar, or doing just about anything besides writing. 

Signe-Baumane

Signe Baumane

Signe Baumane is a Latvian born, Brooklyn-based independent filmmaker, artist, writer, and animator. She has made 17 award-winning animated shorts but is best known for her first animated feature Rocks In My Pockets which premiered at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2014 where it received a FIPRESCI Prize. The film went on to over 130 international festivals. It opened theatrically in the U.S. through Zeitgeist Films.

Signe’s new animated feature My Love Affair With Marriage (2022) tells the story of a spirited young woman’s quest for perfect love and lasting marriage. It premiered in June 2022 at Tribeca Festival and has screened at over 80 festivals winning twelwe awards. It was nominated by European Film Academy as Best Animated Feature.

Signe is a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fellow in Film for New York Foundation for the Arts. She has a degree in Philosophy from Moscow State University.

David-Winning

David Winning

46 Features, 29 Series, over 180 TV credits, David Winning is a US/Canada Dual Citizen and veteran film & television Director and Producer. He has experience in all genres including sci-fi, horror, drama, action, theatrical release, movies-of-the-week, episodic, romance, westerns, Christmas movies, comedy, family, kid’s series, live audience multi-cam, situation comedies, web-based, etc.  Started 2017 on the Netflix/SYFY Channel action series VAN HELSING, a post-apocalyptic take on the vampire rising based on a graphic novel, directing multiples including the third Season Finale and opening the explosive fourth season. He has directed 26 Christmas and family films for the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime, including 3 Films in the popular Blake Shelton TIME series, 2 final Films in the FATHER CHRISTMAS series, a top #5 NEW YORK TIMES PICK: THE TREE THAT SAVED CHRISTMAS and UNLEASHING MR. DARCY, which broke the Network record on social media with 47 million tweets. He has worked for NETFLIX, HALLMARK, SYFY CHANNEL, LIFETIME, NICKELODEON, PARAMOUNT, MGM, 20TH CENTURY FOX, HBO, LIONSGATE, among others and has directed in locations including Scotland, Budapest, Vancouver, Montreal and Los Angeles.

More information is available at www.DavidWinning.com.