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30+ Films Chosen from Among Broad Diversity of Filmmaker Submissions Representing 21 Countries Worldwide


CHEVY CHASE, MD – Thursday, May 11, 2023 – The Daddying Film Festival & Forum (D3F) announced today its official selections of dad/dad figure- and indie filmmaker-created films/videos that will screen during the 2nd annual virtual event, which will run June 4-11. FREE tickets for the virtual festival, hosted on the Sparq platform, are available via the D3F website's homepage or directly on Sparq HEREThe 2023 D3F’s dad and indie filmmaker "Official Selections" are:


Dad-created Film Selections

Daddy’s Assessment and Secret Santa by Aaron Scully, Australia

Bygones by Theo Shakes, New Zealand

Letter to My Dad by Simon Ball, United Kingdom

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

Soccer Dad by Brian Peet, USA

Don’t Forget by Ben King, USA

Love Grows Here by Matthew Krekeler, USA

Love, Daddy by Kevin Bauer, USA

Everybody Get On Board by Justin Roberts, USA

In Celebration of My Super Stepdad… by Todd Feltman, USA

Evil Dad by Nathaniel Port, USA


Indie Filmmaker Selections

Dancing DADS by Oliver Oertel, USA

BENNY: Our Musical Lineage by Dave Garcia, USA

For Roy by Vivian Cheung, Canada

Those Were the Good Days by Rachel Scribner, USA

Do You Love Me? by Teresa Takaki Matsushima, USA

A Father by Christophe Olivier Predari, Belgium

PANAAH by Suhaas Sitaram Karnekar, India

Fever by Alejandro Gerber Bicecci, Mexico

A Piece of Ranch by Jiayang Liu, USA

Half Soul by Trabelsi Marwen, Tunisia

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

Turning Epochs by Ahmad Seyedkeshmiri, Iran

Misery by Omid Sadegh, Iran

The Daddy Shift by Katherine Roselli, USA

Cry Harder by Ian Tan, Canada

Gramps, Not Grumps by Ellen Barth, USA

Together for Fathers by Baruch Campos, USA


In addition to the dad- and indie filmmaker-created “Official Selections” listed above, D3F also will screen finalist films selected from submissions by 1st-grade through undergraduate student filmmakers (TBA). Finalists in the Dad and Indie filmmaker categories will be selected by D3F's panel of VIP judges. Festival attendees will be able to vote online, June 4-10, for their favorite dad, student, and indie finalist films.


The Best Dad-Created Film earns a special Atticus Award, the Roy R. Neuberger Prize, and $500 to use toward an activity or project with their child(ren). All student finalists earn $250, and student winners earn an Atticus Award plus an additional $250 for use toward an activity or project to enjoy with their dad/dad figure.



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 has expanded in 2023 to also encourage dad filmmakers to submit their own films for consideration. To more directly improve the daddying experience for children and dads alike, D3F 2023 also includes a stand-alone, “live” Daddying Film Forum in New Mexico (Saturday, 6/24, in Albuquerque and Sunday, 6/25, in Santa Fe) that will bring children/youth together with their dads/father figures to examine thoughts, feelings, and insights in response to a particular screened film and to express them through discussion and other creative means.

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