Winners June 2012

Film Festival past winner


******************** BEST OF SHOW ********************

Hanzhang Shen, Why Am I Still Alive, short documentary, is a heartbreaking, yet beautiful and poetic work of art, about an elderly woman in rural China who endured neglect and abuse by her son and daughter-in-law. The director, Hanzhang Shen, grew up in Hang Zhou, China, graduated from School of Visual Arts, New York, with a MFA in Social Documentary Film, spent six years making the film. The film was honored with a nomination in the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards. LINK

Denise Plumb, Past Due, short film, is a dark comedy in which the protagonist’s mundane life is turned upside down by the relentless pursuits of a collection agent. With nothing to lose, the debtor resorts to a collection payment plan she can comfortably afford. The film was written and developed as part of American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women. Writer/Director Denise Plumb’s film features an original score by Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) and cinematography by award winner Nancy Schreiber, ASC. LINK


********** AWARD OF EXCELLENCE **********

94 PROOF, The Hi-Life, webisode/internet programming

Berserkers United Productions, LLC, The Long Walk Back, short documentary

Cogswell College/ Bonnie Phelps, Worlds Apart, animation

Dolma Gunther (Australia), Finding Manjushri, women filmmakers

Double Truth Films, Mísdírectíon, short film

Enfuego Entertainment, Run, African American

FSU Film School/ Briana Frapart, The Girl in the Photo, sound: overall impact

Giannina LaSalvia, Hot & Bothered, public service programming/psa

Jessica Kavana Dornbusch, Escape, women filmmakers

JFC Produzioni (Switzerland), Sul Mare, disability issues

Maud Ferrari, The Chauffeur, short film

Metamorfic Productions LLC, Only Child, experimental

Michelle Hirsch,, women filmmakers

Pamela Davis, Rusti Escapes, women filmmakers

PCCW Now TV (China), Construction Slavery, documentary series

RomeArca Productions, Ghosts and Flowers: The Handel-Halvorsen Passacaglia, music video

Sean Tyler, The Devil Girl of Devonshire, short film

Se-ma-for Film Production (Poland), Danny Boy, animation

Shinehouse Productions, Any Thoughts?, filmmaker 17 and younger

Tian Guan, Servant, experimental

Weston Woods Studios, Bink & Gollie, animation

********** AWARD OF MERIT **********

Adventist Media Network (Australia), Beyond the Search, Christian, cinematography, direction and editing

Allan Groves, Hellespont, short film

Andrea Hall, Last Stop, short film

Andrew Wilson, Breaking Shy, short film

Arthur Taylor, Hide and Seek the Child, short film

ASPD Films, Teens Like Phil, gay/lesbian/transsexual

B+B Pictures, Chapter XIV: The Duel, short film

Barbie DeSantis, Hot Flash and Company, reality programming

BFG International (Bahrain), The Water Genie, women filmmakers

Bill Carr, Mele’s Kapu, short film

Bipolar Pictures, Bu Qtair, short documentary

Bob Pondillo, The Miracles on Honey Bee Hill, gay/lesbian/transsexual

Bravado Pictures, In Mexico, short film

Brian Gonzalez, It Can’t Be True, experimental

Brian Graves, Save As…, tube length videos

Busted Buggy Entertainment, Dating, webisode/internet programming

Cara Picton (United Kingdom), Beginnings, women filmmakers

CDSN Productions, Tio Squiggle, editing

Chandradeep Das (India), Disarray, short film

Chia-Chi Lee, 25, women filmmakers

Chinstrap Films LLC, Life with Subtitles, pilot program/series

Christopher Rowe, Two Men & a Woman, experimental

Craig Nogosek, A Cure to War, short documentary

Cullen Films, Cherchez La Femme, short film

David Joyce, Waiting on a Train, short film

David Reiter Productions, American Bill, pilot program/series

David Towner, Posers, pilot program/series

Enspire Studio (Indonesia), The Escape, animation

Eriol Pictures (Canada), The Art of Being One, short film

Ethan Downing, Adjudication, gay/lesbian/transsexual

Gold Films (United Kingdom), Taken, short film

Gotta/Enk, Anniversary Dinner, women filmmakers

Guenther Group, A Lesson in Global Warming, nature/environment and cinematography

Head Space Entertainment (Australia), About Face, short film and humor/humorist

Iris Zaki (United Kingdom), My Kosher Shifts, Jewish

Joe Iacovino, And if Tomorrow…, short film

Joey Perotti, Back Home, short documentary

John Lopez, Fortunate Son, Latin American/Latino/Hispanic

Jozef Malocha, One on One, short film

Kyra Nicole Rogers, The Hipster Paradox, experimental

Lisa Miron Rambaldini (Canada), Candy Apple, women filmmakers

Ludovica Mauri, The Wing Man, disability issues

Manny Mahal (Canada), Room 303, short film

Mark Nickelsburg, Harry Grows Up, short film

MaxFilm (Australia), Father F****r, webisode/internet programming

Merci Entertainment, The Plan, gay/lesbian/transsexual

Michelle Hirsch,, cinematography and casting

Mirto Ioanna Kassis, Sec, short film

Noah DeBonis, Do Tell, short documentary

Ooh La La Productions, Seriously?!, webisode/internet programming

MOS Media/Industry Films (Canada), Urban Outlaw, short documentary

Paul van Zyl, Elegy for a Revolutionary, short film

PCCW Now TV (China), Blood Mine, documentary series

Platinum Image Film (Canada), The Fortune Cookie, short film

Post Josh Productions, Exploring the Horizon Schools, nonprofit/fundraising

Preston Randolph, The Summer of ’81, short documentary

Rabid Pictures (Canada), The Beard, short film

Relic Entertainment, The Trials of Zander Peterson, African American

Rick Carmona, Motive, short film

Riot Scene! Media, Fabulous High, webisode/internet programming

Riz Films, Displaced, short documentary

Robert Krakovski, Heads Up, short film

Ronnie Cramer, Mugs, experimental

Ruán Magan (Ireland), Angel, short film, cinematography and editing

School of Visual Arts (Da Suel Kim & Yun Ah Oh), Karma, animation

Sea Song LLC, The Call, special purpose productions

Seung Yeob Lee, Goose Family, Asian American

Shanda Renee, Fallin, viewer impact: content/message delivery

Sheridan College/ Chrisann Hessing (Canada), An Unmarked Heart, experimental

Six Degrees (Canada), Poor Billy – Chapter One – Billy’s Parents, animation

Small But Mighty Productions, The Mop and Lucky Files, pilot program/series

Sven Alexander Heinrich (México), Hip Hop International, music video

Tatiana McCabe, Restoring Sight in Bangladesh, disability issues and viewer impact: content/message delivery

Toto Pictures, Water, Water Everywhere, children/family programming

Toy Gun Films, Half Good Killer, short film

Tropical Visions Video, Be Your Own Angel, special purpose productions/live events

Tunnel Mill Pictures, Farmers in the Field of Sundays, experimental

Université du Québec à Montréal/ Félix Lamarche (Canada), Des hommes à la mer (Men at Sea), short documentary

University of Southern California/ Roozbeh Dadvand, Mossadegh, short film

Victor Oconitrillo, Be, short film

Vision Channel Ltd. (India), India Shining, special purpose film

Weston Woods Studios, Edwina – The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct, animation

Whatever Jake Makes Animation, Sushi, animation

Wrongly Accused Films, Brian Alexander – Lemonade, music video

Yana Alliata di Montereale, Requiem for Emily, short film and direction (Yana Alliata)

Yasuda Engineering Company, Ltd. (Japan), Sewer Pipe Construction Using Mud Slurry, industrial/technical/business

Zack Bornstein, Dear Hunters, short film