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In December of 2022, the world lost the brilliant, warm, and tenacious filmmaker Julia Reichert. A tireless advocate for womens’ rights, workers’ rights, and mentor to a legion of documentarians, Reichert’s influence and generosity cultivated a global network of social crusaders who continue to shape the documentary genre today.

As a director Julia Reichert was nominated four times for the Academy Awards, and won an Oscar for American Factory (2019), which she co-directed with her life partner Steven Bognar. A champion of collective work with deep ties to the Yellow Springs, Ohio area, Reichert's body of work is singular in her voice and echoes all the ideals which she lived by and believed in.

To honor Julia, the Yellow Springs Film Festival and PNC Bank would like to help support a new generation of female documentarians following in her creative spirit. It's our privilege to announce the Julia Reichert Award, a $3,000 short film prize given to an emerging female documentarian. The winner will be announced to the public during a special event October 5th, 2024 at The Little Art Theatre. Submissions are open now and will close on midnight June 26th, 2024. Any questions in regards to the application process can be sent to: 



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