Two months ago, we launched the Short Films Showcase competition with a simple and serious question: "What does it mean to be Awake in the World?"
Twenty-five dared to respond. With original, five-minute videos that range in content from beekeeping in Virginia to skateboarding in East Harlem, these filmmakers answered with visual stories of meditation, mindful awareness, compassion, and service to the world.
You came. You watched. You voted.
And now it's time to announce the winners.
Without further ado...
AUDIENCE CHOICE, FIRST PLACE goes to Chad Scheifele's "Who Am I?"
Congratulations, Chad! With a healthy 1220 votes and average rating of 4.7 stars, you've won $1,000, two All-Festival passes to Buddhafest, and the screening of your film there. Watch Chad's winning video below.