Congratulations to this year’s filmmakers!

For the third year in a row, we are amazed by the incredible talent we have here in the Central Valley. We received over 75 applications from Fresno, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Kings, and Tulare counties. Ten grants of $5,000 were awarded to local filmmakers to produce mini-documentaries about life in the Central Valley; stories that shine a light on the incredible people and places that make our region so extraordinary. 

These mini-docs will premiere on Friday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Tower Theatre. 

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram for photos of The Big Tell Showcase and YouTube to see the 10 amazing mini-docs that were showcased in 2017 & 2018.

We are so grateful to Community Media Access Collaborative (CMAC) for their partnership on The Big Tell. All local and aspiring filmmakers can become members of CMAC for access to training and tools including production studio, private editing suites, meeting rooms, classroom space, and a computer lab, along with a variety of portable production gear. Please visit to learn more about available resources.

2018 The Big Tell Winners

Last year, over 700 people came our to enjoy our showcase at the Tower Theatre. Below our last year’s winners of The Big Tell Showcase:

Needle & Thread

Filmmaker: Orlando J. Gomez

Raisins Made with Love

Filmmaker: Sarah Linder Gonzales

Avenal, the Oasis in the Sun

Filmmaker: Antony V. López

Preying on Innocents

Filmmaker: Zachary Green

One Step at a Time

Filmmaker: Jes Therkelsen

Transformation in the Central Valley

Filmmaker: Floyd Sanchez


Filmmaker: Rippin Sindher

Valley of Murals

Filmmaker: Carissa Garcia & Sam Contreras

Just Stuff

Filmmaker: Karen Dusek

2017 The Big Tell Winners