Inaugural Germinate International Film Fest Held

The inaugural Germinate International Film Fest was held in Hillsboro, Ohio, on August 16 & 17, 2019. The two-day film festival highlighted content relevant to agriculture, natural resources, and rural communities from around the globe. Hosted by Ohio State University Extension, Highland County, the event was attended by individuals from multiple states.

In addition to screening over 60 films, the festival also offered workshops on drone flight, a tree walk, beef production and taste testing, astronomy, Milk Bar baking demonstration, and a tour of Bell’s Opera House. Two dinners were held for attendees, with the dinner on Saturday evening featuring locally-sourced foods. The awards ceremony was held on Saturday evening as well, which concluded with an outdoor screening of The Pollinators.

The winners of the 2019 Germinate International Film Fest were:

Peter Nelson accepting the award for The Pollinators.

Best Feature Length Documentary Film

The Pollinators


Best Short Documentary Film Under 15 Minutes

Who’s Your Farmer?


Riley Slivka accepting the award for Along The Edge: A Montana Family Harvest Story.

Best Short Documentary Film Between 15 to 30 minutes

Along The Edge: A Montana Family Harvest Story


Best Short Documentary Film Over 30 Minutes

Losing Ground


Best Virtual Reality Film

Virtual Reality Exploration of Earth’s Cryosphere


Biz Young and Olivia Nava accepting the award for To The Land.

Best Short of Any Kind

To The Land


Rachel Leggett accepting the award for On-Farm Research: Starter Phosphorus.

Best Scholastic Film

On-Farm Research: Starter Phosphorous


Best Photography: Agriculture

Shane White


Best Photography: Natural Resources

Theresa Raisch


Tammy Newsome accepting the Rural Community Photography Award on behalf of Gwynn Stewart.

Best Photography: Rural Community

Gwynn Stewart


Best International Short Documentary Film



Best International Short Documentary Film

Dizhsa Nabani


Best Feature Length International Documentary Film



Annmarie Aronoff accepting the award for SkyGrazers: A Story of the Flying Farmers. 

Best Film Featuring A Workforce Development Topic

SkyGrazers: A Story of the Flying Farmers


Best Student Film

One Egg


Best International Student Film

From the Ground Up


Best Historical Film

Rendville: Across the Color Line


Aston Bain accepting the award for My Steer, B.J.

 Best Youth Film

My Steer, B.J.


Drew Hamilton and Greenfield McClain High School Students accepting the award for the History of Bell’s Opera House and the Parker House.

Best Film By High School Students

History of Bell’s Opera House and the Parker House


Audience’ Choice


The Germinate International Film Fest was made possible with sponsorships and community partnerships with: The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences; Southern State Community College; White Clover Farm; Karnes Orchard; Visitors Bureau of Highland County; State Farm, Amatha Farrens; City of Hillsboro; Merchants National Bank; Highland County Chamber of Commerce; Highland County Commissioners; Tissot’s Home Center; Ag-Pro Companies; and Germinate International Film Fest volunteers.

For more information about the Germinate International Film Fest or other Extension programming, contact the Highland County Extension Office at 937-393-1918.

One thought on “Inaugural Germinate International Film Fest Held

  1. Hi Brooke. I’m so proud of my University of Arkansas students’ work that was recognized at the Germinate Film Fest! It looks like the festival went really well. What a great effort at publicizing the value of agriculture to the world.

    Just to let you know, you have permission to share all of our students’ work with others–photos and videos. Just give us credit. Thanks!!

    Jeff Miller, Professor, Ag Communications
    University of Arkansas

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