In order to insure that each film is studied and rated on an individual basis, DOFIFF has instituted a system where entries do not compete against each other, but instead are recognized for their own individual merits.
For all intents and purposes, they compete against themselves:  each entry is judged on individual merits and scored on an inherent value system.

The judges focus is on your film when it is your turn to be evaluated, not on all the other films that are in cue: this insures that they will not have comparisons going on in their minds when they should be focusing entirely on YOU.

Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded not only for Best Of Show, but also for two Awards of Excellence levels, two Awards of Merit levels, a Kudos Endeavor Award, or no award.

Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry/entries for each season;  Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional artistic and technical achievements; and Notable achievements are recognized at the Award of Merit and 'Kudos' award levels.

The number of awards granted at any given level will fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline.

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Cancer Can Be Killed
  Documentary (Health)
Jeff Witzeman

Jeff Witzeman goes on a quest to find out why his wife was cured of her
cancer in 30 days, naturally, in Germany, after American doctors wanted to
pull an organ out, chemo and radiate her, and basically send her off to die.
What he found will change cancer treatment forever.

Vibration: The Symphony of Life
Therese Antony

Vibration is the basic natural law of life stating that all matter is
energy vibrating at its own frequency.
 Experiencing the power of vibration leads to feeling whole,
 becoming more aware, and uplifting ourselves and the world.
 With each conscious breath, the intimate connections of all
 existence appear and the living universal field that we
 exist in becomes evident.
Vibration ~ The Symphony of Life is a conversation with scientists,
researchers, healers, and educators
 that explores the emerging science of the bio-field,
the human connection, and the use of
will and intention to act on behalf of the greater life.
If This Ceiling Could Talk
Tight Shorts
gonçalo leitão

In a typical Lisbon house one can hear everything that
goes on in the apartment upstairs: the
neighbours walking around, talking, fighting
with each other.
One day, when her footsteps got home we
heard more than we expected.
A story that will leave your ears glued to the screen.


Bill Evans Time Remembered
Bruce Spiegel

Bill Evans Time Remembered is a 90-minute documentary film, produced by Bruce Spiegel which tells the story of Bill Evans’ turbulent life and his contribution to jazz music. The film was self-funded by the producer who traveled and interviewed approximately 40 people over a 7 year period of time. Several well renowned musicians are included in the film including Tony Bennett, Dr. Billy Taylor, singer Jon Hendricks, and jazz pianist Bill Charlap. The film also compiles a wide range of historical information about the jazz pianist including his first TV recording which appeared on CBS Look Up and Live in April 1958, playing Come Rain or Come Shine.
Lost Fare
bruce logan

An abused 11 year old girl and a cab driver
 form an unlikely friendship and travel together on a journey
 of redemption.
Val Todorov

TV talk show hosts bait young Yana into confessing
 her unusual relationship with an aging rocker.
This leads to a chase by vigilante group of
 hunters and other complications.



Aaron Alon

BULLY is a new dramatic musical about Sam Bradley,
 a young man who commits suicide after being repeatedly
 bullied in school.
The story follows Sam and the lives of those
 around him in the days leading up to and following his suicide.
Dead Again
Dave Silberman

Thomas stumbles upon an old diary in an antique district.
As he begins to read the haunting tale of love and loss,
Thomas realizes the diary carries a terrifying curse.
Written many years ago by Junghoon, an aspiring author,
 anyone merely exposed to the diary becomes a cunning
 facilitator of the curse.
Even Thomas's girlfriend becomes his enemy.
 With no one to trust, Thomas desperately pursues information
about Junghoon and the diary itself.
He embarks on a treacherous journey and discovers
increasingly disturbing details about Junghoon through dark,
 mysterious encounters with devil worship and even his own past.
The Final Blade
Willie Ying

The Chicken cup is a treasure that passed by
the Emperor of Ming, Jin guards are the imperial guards of Ming Dynasty
who got the mission to protect the Chicken Cup.
And after hundreds of Years, the Chicken Cup still exist also the only
 survived Jin guard He Xingyun.
 The treasure hunters willing to kill him and get the Chicken Cup,
 He Xingyun then passes on his mission to the
 young boy Li Moxun, the battle went on again.

A Midwestern Methamphetamine Fairytale USA Loose Shorts Outstanding Excellence
Award of Excellence: Supporting Actor, Trey Tucker
Award Of Exceptional Merit: Sound Editing, Harper W Harris 
Back to Natural: A Documentary Film USA Documentary Outstanding Excellence
Cook & Blend Z: The Crystal Gear
Outstanding Excellence
Award of Excellence: Cinematography, Paolo Cellamare
Award Of Excellence: Direction, Paolo Cellamare
Award Of Outstanding Excellence: Original Score, Alessandro De Rosa/DavideCaprelli/AlbertoMarson
Award Of Excellence: SFX: Visual, Michelangelo Frisoni
Award Of Exceptional Merit: Viewer Impact: Entertainment Value Award Odf Excellence: Stunt/Fight Choreography, Simone Belli
Life Ink Taiwan Student Outstanding Excellence
One Step Forward
Outstanding Excellence
Award Of Outstanding Excellence: Sound Editing
Award Of Excellence: content/Message Delivery
ONE,TWO,GUESS WHO'S WHO USA Sci-Fi - Art-house -  Art-House Feature Award of Outstanding Excellence
Sci-Fi Feature Award of Excellence
Award of Excellence: Direction, System
Award of Excellence: Writer, System and Jacopo Ladicicco
Award of Outstanding Excellence: Original Score, System and Bernard Asselin
Parker & Angel
Loose Shorts
Outstanding Excellence
Pin-Up USA LGBT Outstanding Excellence
Award of Excellence: Content/Message delivery
Township Yogi South Africa Documentary Outstanding Excellence
Wishful Thinking Netherlands Tight Shorts Outstanding Excellence
Award of Excellence: Original Score, Eddy Koopman (Composer) Performed by Grammy Award winnig Metropole Orchestra

A Very Long Night
Born A Believer UK Documentary Excellence
Award Of Excellence: Original Score, Jeff Blank
Award Of Excellence: Viewer Impact:Inspirational
Dead, Not Dying AU Drama Excellence
Award of Excellence: Lead actor, Christapor Yaacoubian Award of Excellence: Supporting actor, Nicholas Papademetriou
Award of Excellence: Direction, Bass Hathaway
Award of Excellence: Script Writer, Iley Jones
I Am The White Tiger USA Documentary Excellence
Award of Exceptional merit: Cinematography, Thomas Sandfield
Award Of Excellence: editing, Jason Calhoun
Award of Exceptional Merit: Original Song, KELNER
Award of Outstanding Excellence: StuntFight/Choreography, Mark Houghton
Lesvos: Beautiful Prison Germany Documentary Excellence
License to Parent USA Documentary Excellence
Little Red Pocketbook USA Student Excellence
Award of Excellence: Narration
Little Thief UK Loose Shorts  Excellence
Award of Excellence: Actress: Lead, Anne Ribiere
Nice 14.07.16
Excellence in ALL 3 categories
Of Rails & Sails -
The Life and Times of
Arthur Curtiss James
USA Loose Shorts Excellence
Screen Cowboy France Drama Excellence
Shadows In The Closet USA Documentary - LGBT Excellence for Both Caregories
Award of Excellence: Lead Actor, Wayne Goodrich
Award of Excellence: Director, Kenny Lykins
Stay Woke USA Student Excellence
The 4 Stages India Student Excellence
The Kurdish factor USA Documentary Excellence
The Quest for the Lost
 Paintings of Siberia
USA Documentary Excellence
The Returning Malaysia Tight Shorts
 Art-House Film
Excellence Both Categories AWARD of Excellence: Direction, Paul Russell
Award Of Excellence: Editing, 
To The Flame USA Drama Excellence
Toward The Source USA Documentary Excellence

Alex USA Student Exceptional Merit
Almost USA Student Exceptional Merit
Deadly Deception, Exposing the Dangers of Vaccines USA Documentary Exceptional Merit
Award of Excellence: Content/Message Delivery
Deluge South Africa Student Exceptional merit
Escape for freedom Italy Documentary Exceptional Merit
FACE USA Tight Shorts Exceptional Merit
Award Of Excellence Original Concept
Girls and Glaciers USA Documenrary Exceptional Merit
Kids From Camelot Canada Inspirational Exceptional Merit
Marrtown USA Horror Exceptional Merit
Award Of Merit: Direction, Rich Rule
Moving Picture Canada Art-House Exceptional Merit
Occupied Heart
Zero Budget
Exceptional Merit for Both categories
Out Here In The Fields USA Documentary Exceptional Merit
Sanitas Pacifica USA Art-House Exceptional Merit
Tell Me About My Mother USA Documentary Exceptional Merit
Texoma USA Drama Exceptional Merit
The Awakening UK Loose Shorts Exceptional Merit
Award of Exceptional Merit: Cinematography, Lydia Bland Award of Merit: Sound Editing, Ricardo Lemos
The Sky Is The Limit UK Documentary Exceptional Merit
To The Last Drop France Tight Shorts Exceptional Merit
When I Measure the Distance Israel Student Exceptional Merit
You Feel Me? USA TV Show Exceptional Merit

900 Miles and a Day
Tight Shorts
Aphrodite In Ancona
Tight Shorts

Come Sheet Earth 1234
Tight Shorts

Dead In The water
Award Of Exceptional Merit:Cinematography
Double Or Nothing
Tight Shorts
Mime doesn't Pay
Must Kill Karl Canada Tight Shorts Merit
That Moment
Tight shorts
The Freedom Room
UK Tight Shorts Merit

Constant Space USA Animation Kudos
Death on West End Road Trailer USA Student Kudos
Night in? UK Zero Budget Kudos
Yummy! USA Tight Shorts Kudos

Adore The World
Award Of Exceptional Merit: Research
The Quiet Room
Award Of Outstanding Excellence: Sound Editing, Xiang Li