Alyeska Wins IndieFEST Awards

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Christel Veraart has won two prestigious Awards of Merit from the IndieFEST Film Awards. The awards were given for Christel Veraart’s thrilling and mesmerizing “Original Score” and “Music Video” of Alyeska, which captures and envelopes the listener in the quiet yet breathtaking Alaskan landscape. In Alyeska, the listener hears, sees, and feels the solitude of the Arctic imagery.  Alyeska is one of the fifteen original compositions of Polar Suite, Christel Veraart’s latest CD that was funded by the Rasmuson Foundation.

While flying over the Arctic and staring at the lonely landscape below me, Alyeska is born. To the soft tones of a distant orchestra, a lonely duduk and cello emerge into the foreground. A voice plays a prominent yet wordless role as if the overwhelming beauty of the landscape has rendered me speechless.

The IndieFEST Film Awards recognizes film, television, videography and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment or contribute to profound social change. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about the IndieFEST and a list of recent winners can be found at

I am delighted to have received IndieFEST awards in multiple categories and hope to continue to give voice to the beauty of the Alaskan landscape that so much inspires me.

In winning an IndieFEST Film Award, Christel Veraart joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including Liam Neeson as the narrator of Love Thy Nature, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tom Hall for Generosity of Eye, David Gero of Yamaha Entertainment,  searing expose Davids and Goliath by Leon Lee, Star Trek Fan Favorite Prelude to Axanar and European heavyweight Roland Joffee for The Lovers starring Josh Hartnett and Bollywood star Bipasha Basu.

Rick Prickett, who chairs The IndieFEST Film Awards, had this to say about the latest winners, “The IndieFEST is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The IndieFEST helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of The IndieFEST Film Awards is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”


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