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Student, Dad, and Indie Finalist Films Selected from Among Broad Diversity of Submissions

Representing 21 Countries Worldwide


CHEVY CHASE, MD – Friday, June 2, 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 official Atticus Award Finalist Films created by dads/dad figures, elementary through undergraduate students, and other indie filmmakers. Finalist films will screen online during the 2nd annual event from Sunday, June 4, through Sunday, June 11, along with dozens more official film selections by dads and indie filmmakers.


Atticus Award winners will be chosen from eligible finalist films by public, online voting during the Festival. Voting opens at midnight EDT, Sunday, June 4, and ends Saturday, June 10, 2023, at 11:59 pm EDT. Atticus Awards will be presented to student, dad, and indie winners in a live, online ceremony, Sunday, June 11. For FREE access to the Festival and Awards ceremony, filmgoers should visit the D3F website homepage or go to the D3F Sparq page HERE.


The 2023 D3F Atticus Award Finalists are:


Student Film Finalists

Sleepwalking by Nirvan and Aylin Parham, Sweden

The Sister Sister Jinx by Sophia McDonald, USA

Liaos Draws Inspiration by Juntog Liao, USA

Pipe Dreams by Asiana Lee, USA

Dying Breed by Samantha Palmatier, USA

Indifferent by Saskia Filoteia Yland-Noaghiul, USA

Team Meryland by Gabriel Gaurano, USA

Dad/Dad Figure-Created Film Finalists

299.00 (F84.0) by Víctor Augusto Mendívil, Peru

Daddy’s Assessment by Aaron Scully, Australia

Bygones by Theo Shakes, New Zealand

Love, Daddy by Kevin Bauer, USA

Everybody Get On Board by Justin Roberts, USA


Indie Film Finalists

Dancing DADS by Oliver Oertel, USA  *

For Roy by Vivian Cheung, Canada

Those Were the Good Days by Rachel Scribner, USA

Wait by Haris Latif, Pakistan

Do You Love Me? by Teresa Takaki Matsushima, USA

D.A.D. by James A. Sims, USA

Turning Epochs by Ahmad Seyedkeshmiri, Iran

PANAAH by Suhaas Sitaram Karnekar, India

Half Soul by Trabelsi Marwen, Tunisia

The Daddy Shift by Katherine Roselli, USA

Cry Harder by Ian Tan, Canada

* Feature film

Awards, Daddying Film Forum Premiere, and D3F Judging

All D3F student finalists earn a $250 award for use toward an activity or project to enjoy with their dad/dad figure. All D3F winners, including students, dads/dad figures, and other indie filmmakers, earn 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 earn an additional $250. The Best Dad-created Film earns a special Atticus, the Roy R. Neuberger Prize, and $500 to use toward an activity or project with their child(ren).

Atticus Award-winning films and select finalists also will screen at 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. FREE tickets for both Forum events are available via the D3F homepage.

Award finalists were determined by D3F staff and a 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.


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The Daddying Film Festival & Forum (D3F), is not your ordinary film fest. It is the 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.

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