EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2021 Announcing Our Winnie Winners

EQUUS Film & Arts Fest “Virtual” event came to a close with a “Live” Winnie Awards Event on Sunday November 29, 2021, with continued viewing of the awards show available on EQUUS TV. A complete listing of this year’s Winnie Winners is available in the 2021 Pop-Up Gallery on the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest Website.

This year the fest went back to its roots nine years ago in St Charles, Illinois for interviews with filmmakers, authors and artist and a visit to the Arcada Theater, with an interview with Ron Onesti, where it all started in 2013. EQUUS Documentary Director, Julianne Neal with JA Media Productions, is putting the final touches on a two-part documentary about the story of the film fest, the horses and people in the area. Part One will drop on December 4th on EQUUS TV, part two will come out at Christmas.

EQUUS Film & Arts fest is proud to announce the “Best Of Fest” Winnie Award to Executive Producer, Robert Redford and Documentary Director, Steve Latham, for “The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses”.

Bernice Ende, the Lady Long Rider, her documentary from filmmaker, Wren Winfield, also won a Winnie. Other Winnie Winners included, “Cowboys: A Documentary Portrait”, from filmmakers Bud Force and John Langmore, brought to you by Creative Producer, Felicitas Funke, and “The Fall” from UK based filmmaker, Nathan Horrocks, are just a few of our Winnie Winners.

For the “Live” portion of the fest we hosted interviews with EQUUS Film & Arts Fest alumni. The “Live” weekend events were hosted at the beautiful Equestrian Events Stables event and party venue located in Maple Park, Illinois.

The EQUUS Team of Diana De Rosa (Press Link) just back from the Tokyo Summer Olympics and Equitana, Julianne Neal (JA Media) back from filming the first part of the Mustang Discovery Ride through Delaware and Maryland, and Lisa Mae DeMasi, EQUUS journalist, were joined by EQUUS TV, CEO, John Barlett and Jacqueline Taylor, EQUUS TV video journalist. All joined Founder/Director Lisa Diersen in St Charles for the “Live” part of the fest.

We are looking forward to kicking off our 10th season in Ocala, Florida November 2022! Making Ocala our home base for the next 5 years as the fest continues to be home to the “Storytellers of the Horse World.”

The EQUUS Film & Arts Fest highlights and rewards the diverse and creative efforts of those who pay artistic homage to the horse. Every horse has a story, it’s our mission at the EQUUS Film & Arts Fest to share those stories, through film, art and literature.

 Save the date! EQUUS Film & Arts Fest 2022 will take place both “Virtually” and “Live” November 2022 in Ocala, Florida USA.

 Visit our website at www.equusfilmfestival.net and like us on FaceBook and Twitter.

The Mustang Discovery Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a wild ride across America to inspire adoptions of living legends. We are working to help people discover how truly incredible these wild horses are, trekking with our favorite companions, 5,000 miles across America to inspire the adoption of 5,000 mustangs. For Sponsorship and Fundraising info please contact lisa@equusfilmfestival.net


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 JA Media Productions is a boutique creative studio in South Carolina, specializing in podcast production, documentary shorts and content creation. Services include creative direction, social media, remote content creation and production. For more information, please contact Julianne Neal at jamediaconnections@gmail.com.

 The Mustang Heritage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to facilitating successful placements of America’s excess wild horses and burros through innovative programs, events, and education.

CONTACT: Lisa Diersen 630-272-3077



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