Film on Corolla’s wild horses takes top prize at International Equus Film Festival

By on August 9, 2022

The filmmakers of a short documentary on the wild horses who have made the Outer Banks their home have announced being honored with, among other things, First Place for Best Documentary Short at the Equus International Film Festival in Montana.

Here is the release.

“The Secret of Corolla” is the story about the wild Banker horses found only on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and how they have made those islands their home for more than 500 years.  The film debuted in the fall of 2021 and has been making the rounds on the independent film circuit and winning consistently winning awards. The film was selected by three festivals and has won multiple awards. Recent wins include The Foothills Film Festival in Shelby, NC – Award Of Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking, The Equus Film and Arts Festival in Ocala, FL – Runner-Up Best Film Overall, and The Beaufort Film Festival in Beaufort, NC.

These wins were a precursor to entering the most prestigious festival of them all; The Equus International Film Festival in Montana. Upon submitting the film for the festival, the expectations were high, as well as the competition. We are pleased to announce that The Secret of Corolla won multiple awards; First Place for Best Music Score and the crowning achievement and top honor the film has been pursuing of First Place for Best Documentary Short.

The film is a story about perseverance. Not just by the horses, but also by the people who call this extraordinary place, the Outer Banks, their home. Jerry Thompson is honored to share the unique culture of the Outer Banks with a broad and international audience.

Through devastating hurricanes, swarms of biting flies, increasingly hot temperatures and the constant threat of developing the islands into prime vacation property, these horses and the locals continue to share the island. They have found a way to live together in a most uncommon accord and have created an incredibly remarkable and uniquely wondrous place. Jerry Thompson has brought Corolla’s horse/human delicate balance to the silver screen.

“Thank you for giving us this amazing film! You truly told the story of the horses like it was meant to be told. We are so proud of you, Jerry, and the way you’ve told their story to the world.”  – Meg Puckett, Herd Manager for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

To read the Voice’s interview with the filmmaker Jerry Thompson, click here The Outer Banks Voice – OBX’s wild horses star in ‘The Secret of Corolla’





  • Mr. Ed

    Sure is a weird fetish with these horses around there… They’re horses..horses. clip clop clip clop… neigh neigh…

    Tuesday, Aug 9 @ 5:26 pm
  • Avontacotruck

    I agree with Mr Ed. The are just horses

    Tuesday, Aug 9 @ 9:23 pm
  • Lee

    The more popular these horses get the sooner they will be removed or pinned up. I wonder if the people that wrote this story looked hard enough to learn the real story about the horses. Many of these horses were dumped here in the 50s by an old farmer from suffolk va. My native family for over 200 years witnessed it. These horses have been exploited to make money by tour company’s and currituck county. The more horse tours the more development will come. It is quite ironic the horse tours will play such a significant roll in their own demise. By then the tour company owners will have made their millions and moved on not caring what they have done to our community.

    Wednesday, Aug 10 @ 7:43 am