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Virtual D3F Attendees Voted to Select Dad, Student, and Indie Winners – Festival Boasted Broad Diversity of Official Selections and Considered Submissions Representing 21 Countries Worldwide


CHEVY CHASE, MD – June 11, 2023 – The Daddying Film Festival & Forum (D3F), the world's first and only film festival focused exclusively on promoting the importance of positive dad involvement for kids and families, announced today its Atticus Award-Winning Films created by dads/dad figures, elementary through undergraduate students, and other indie filmmakers. The 2023 D3F Atticus Award Winners are:


Student Films

Sleepwalking by Nirvan and Aylin Parham, Sweden (Elementary)

Liaos Draws Inspiration by Juntog Liao, USA (High School)

Indifferent by Saskia Filoteia Yland-Noaghiul, USA (College Undergraduate)


Best Dad/Dad Figure-Created Film (aka Roy R. Neuberger Prize)

Everybody Get On Board by Justin Roberts, USA


Best Short Film

For Roy by Vivian Cheung, Canada


Best Feature Film

Dancing DADS by Oliver Oertel, USA


Atticus Award winners were chosen from finalist films by public, online voting during festival week (from June 4-10). Finalists screened online during the 2nd annual event along with dozens more official selections chosen from films submitted for D3F consideration from 21 countries. Atticus Awards were presented to dad, student, and indie filmmaker winners during a livestreamed ceremony on Sunday, June 11.


Awards and D3F Judging

All D3F winners, including dads/dad figures, students, and other indie filmmakers, were presented with an “Atticus,” a statuette symbolizing Atticus Finch from the 1962 film based on Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mockingbird. Finch, an iconic single dad, represents several ideal daddying qualities. Student Atticus winners earned $250 in addition to the $250 award they received for being named a finalist. The Best Dad-created Film earned a special Atticus, the Roy R. Neuberger Prize, and $500 to use toward an activity or project with their child(ren).


Award finalists were determined by D3F's VIP panel of judges, comprised of experts from the worlds of entertainment, arts, and academia after submissions were narrowed by a trained preliminary jury of students, adults, and D3F staff.

Daddying Film Forum Premiere

Atticus Award-winning films and select finalists also will screen during the first live Daddying Film Forum on June 24 at The Hiland Theater in Albuquerque, NM (4800 Central Ave. SE) and June 25 at The Dance Barns in Santa Fe (1140 Alto St). The Daddying Film Forum will bring children/youth together with their dads/father figures to examine thoughts, feelings, and insights in response to D3F films screened during the virtual festival. Forum attendees will express those responses through discussion and other creative means.


What Is Daddying?

The word “daddying,” coined by DADvocacy Consulting Group founder and D3F Director Allan Shedlin in 1994, is what happens when fatherhood and nurturing converge in service to a father’s child. It is a process requiring active involvement and a lifelong commitment to a child’s physical, emotional, social, intellectual, creative, and moral/spiritual well-being.


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The Daddying Film Festival & Forum (D3F), is not your ordinary film fest. It is the world's first and only film festival focused exclusively on promoting the importance of positive dad involvement for kids and families. D3F was created by the DADvocacy Consulting Group’s Daddy Appleseed Fund (DAF) to offer children and youth a stage to express through film/video how they feel about the relationship they have or wish they had with their dads. D3F also encourages dad filmmakers to submit their own films for consideration and includes a stand-alone, live Daddying Film Forum to more directly improve the daddying experience for children and dads alike.



FOR MORE INFORMATION or to request an interview with Atticus Award winners or D3F Founder Allan Shedlin, contact:  D3F Director of Comms Scott Beller at scott [at] daddywishesfund [dot] com

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