Oneida Nation short film wins awards

VERONA — The Oneida Indian Nation’s Four Directions Productions received its first three awards for the animated short film, "My Home."

They include nods at the Syracuse International Film Festival, California’s Lake Arrowhead Film Festival and The Indie Fest.

"My Home" follows Eli, a young Oneida boy on his first fishing trip, as he listens to grandfather recall a story from the rich oral tradition of the Oneida Indian people, passed down from generation to generation. It’s a tale about a gentle turtle and what happens when her peaceful world gets turned upside down.

"We make films like ‘My Home’ to preserve the Oneida Indian culture for the seventh generation," Oneida Indian Nation Representative and "My Home" Executive Producer Ray Halbritter said. "These animated shorts allow us to share our legends with the world. It is gratifying when we receive recognition from the film industry through these awards."

"My Home" received a Director’s Citation for Best Animation at the Syracuse International Film Festival, a Gold Award for Best Animated Film at the Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, and an Award of Excellence for Animation at The Indie Fest.

Other film festivals considering "My Home" for recognition include the WorldKids International Film Festival, the Oaxaca FilmFest, the Tenerife International Film Festival and the DOK Leipzig International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film.