The winners of the 2016 48FILM Project International short film competition are from around the world, with UK’s CHOKE capturing three of the top awards including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Cinematography.
The 48FILM Project (www.48filmproject.com), a leading online short film competition, has created one of the largest Grand Prizes in the genre’s history – a $100,000 production budget to film a feature film. The festival producers will be awarding the collective of 2016 winners (Best in each category) with a production budget of $100,000 to make a feature film that will commence shooting this summer in Greece.
“We have seen a new level of excellence this year that is a testament to the unsung skilled artists around the world. Our winners are a diverse cultural community and we are looking forward to seeing how their talent translates into feature filmmaking,” said Executive Producer, Chris Siametis. “The 48FILM Project was created to provide a unique and powerful platform for creatives to showcase their work – while the Grand Prize was initiated to take that skill set to a new, commercially viable level.”
United Kingdom captured the top awards with CHOKE (London, UK) receiving three recognitions including Best Film, Best Director for Nancy Paton, and Best Cinematography for Liam Iandoli. While VICTOIRE (France) nabbed Best Music Original Score for Matthew Morgan, and an Actress Award in a Supporting role for Julia Robert. USA’s MORNINGWOOD won Best Writing Award for original script. Gergana D. Angelova won the Best Film Editing Award for INSIGHT (BULGARIA). Canadian actor Oliver Price won Best Actor Award in a leading role for THE WANDERER (CANADA) and Tyler Derench won a Best Supporting Actor Award for A NIGHT AT CAGNEY’S (USA). Shannon Beeby won a Best Actress Award for APPLES (USA) and The People’s Choice Award was given to THE NURSARY (USA).
Full list of 48FILM Project Winners is as follows:
CHOKE (UNITED KINGDOM) – BEST SHORT FILM, BEST DIRECTING, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
MORNING WOOD (USA – NEVADA) – BEST WRITING
INSIGHT (BULGARIA) – BEST FILM EDITING
VICTOIRE (FRANCE) – BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)
THE WANDERER (CANADA -MONTREAL) – BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
APPLES (USA-TEXAS) – BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
A NIGHT AT CAGNEY’S (USA – CALIFORNIA) – BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
VICTOIRE (FRANCE) – BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
THE NURSERY (USA-CALIFORNIA) – PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS
Official Selection 48FILM Project 2016 (In alphabetical order):
A NIGHT AT CAGNEY’S (USA-CALIFORNIA)
AS I SAW HER (USA-MICHIGAN)
FROM LIFE (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
MORNING WOOD (USA–NEVADA)
PAGAN PARTY (USA–CALIFORNIA)
THE WANDERER (CANADA)
THE HAIRCUT (GREECE)
“Whether novice, professional or veterans – all 48Film Project submissions are judged equally and presented to a large pool of industry veterans,” said Francesco Vitali, 48FILM Project Executive Producer. “Over the years our winners have taught us new levels of ingenuity and shown us true creativity, which is why we encourage everyone to view the winning entries: you may find your next amazing collaborators amongst our entries.”
ABOUT THE 48FILM FESTIVAL
The 48FILM Festival is open to everyone: beginner to professional, from all nations. The competition opens in January and closes late November. Once registered, a competing team selects a genre and when to start the clock. 48FILM Project provides three elements that are required to be included: a character, a line, and a prop. Filmmakers then have 48 hours to create a short film in English or with English subtitles that is four to seven minutes in length and upload it to www.48filmproject.com/competition/2017/register
With entries from more than 130 countries of the world, the festival attracted some of the industry’s top decision makers for its 2016 Jury, including:
Scott Adler (award-winning producer “The Taking of Deborah Logan”, “The Vault”), Ryan Carnes (award-winning actor and producer, known for “Letters from Iwo Jima”, directed by Clint Eastwood, “Doctor Who” and “Desperate Housewives”), Alex Cutler (Producer of Henry Barrial’s award-winning feature “PIG”, “Don Peyote” with Anne Hathaway,and “UNTOGETHER” starring Ben Mendelsohn, Jamie Dornan.), Luke Daniels (award-winning producer of a string of Hollywood hits include “Yoga Hosers”, “Outlaws and Angels”, “Punching Henry”, and “The Tiger Hunter”), Brandon K. Hogan (Producer for “Half Past Dead”, “The Three Little Stooges”, was also granted additional thanks for his contribution to “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”), Michael Hothorn (award-winning casting director and producer known for “Mr & Mrs Smith”, “Minority Report”, and “Planet of The Apes”), Joey Paul Jensen (casting director of “The Three Little Stooges” and “Beautifully Broken”, Francesco Vitali (director of “Gates of Hades”, as well as Co-Founder of the 48FILM Festival.
The festival is made possible by the generous support of leading sponsors including UVO, MAGIX, VEGAS PRO Creative Software, and ANGELOPOULOS HAIR COMPANY.
For more information, please visit the official site here – www.48filmproject.com