A short film by Preston Randolph called “The Summer of 81,” filmed near Meeteetse, Wyoming is the winner of this year’s Wyoming Short Film Contest. The short tells the story of Wyoming man, Bob Taylor and the spirit and struggles of his life’s journey. From teaching in the city, to being a Cowboy in Wyoming, to raising his family without electricity in the cabin he built by hand, and of course baseball.


Now in its fifth year, the Wyoming Short Film Contest awarded $25,000 to Randolph who will now have the opportunity to produce another film in Wyoming with the proceeds.

For 2012, the Wyoming Film Office also offered a Filmmaker’s Choice Award giving contest entrants the opportunity to recognize a fellow filmmaker. The winner of the $5,000 award was Rock Springs native filmmaker Mark Pedri.  His film, “Western Wandering” follows the filmmaker on a 700-mile mountain bike ride around Wyoming to discover what truly defines the state he was born and raised in.