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“ScrapFest” Wins Honors at Southern Shorts Awards

ScrapFest,” the documentary highlighting mid-Michigan’s repurpose-focused art festival and scrap metal artwork competition, has been honored with two awards at the Southern Shorts Awards.

The film pulls back the curtain on the creative process of the scrap metal artists, was awarded both best picture and best documentary.

Directed by Karen Stefl of Render Studios, “ScrapFest” offers an exploration into the artists of ScrapFest. The documentary follows three teams of artists through the 2023 event as they construct their pieces in the hopes of winning first place. Focusing on the artists’ history, motivations, creative problem-solving, hopes, fears and personal goals, viewers of get a never-before-seen look at everything that goes into the art presented on festival weekend.

“We are deeply honored to receive both best picture and best documentary from the Southern Shorts Awards,” said Director Karen Stefl. “This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our talented team and the inspiring artists featured in the film. We are grateful for the opportunity to share their stories with audiences across the country.”

In addition to its recent victories at the Southern Shorts Awards, the film garnered attention at other film festivals, including screenings at the Capital City Film Festival and the Atlanta Docufest.

With pending submissions to additional festivals, the documentary’s journey is far from over. Additionally, production for “ScrapFest Season 2” featuring a 2024 artist has already begun.

This year, ScrapFest 14 will take place in Lansing on July 12-13. For more information about the documentary and festival, visit scrapfest.com.