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48 Film Project Announce 2016 Festival Winners

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Executive Producer and 48FILM co-founder Chris Siametis with European famous stylists Stephania and Ioannis Angelopoulos, and Royal family members Prince Waldemar and Princess Antonia Schaumburg-Lippe.

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)
APPLES (USA-TEXAS)
AS I SAW HER (USA-MICHIGAN)
CHOKE (UK)
COVENANT (CANADA)
FRANCIS (USA–CALIFORNIA)
FROM LIFE (RUSSIAN FEDERATION)
INSIGHT (BULGARIA)
MORNING WOOD (USA–NEVADA)
PAGAN PARTY (USA–CALIFORNIA)
PANDA (ITALY)
THE WANDERER (CANADA)
THE HAIRCUT (GREECE)
TITOLO (ITALY)
VICTOIRE (FRANCE)

“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: from 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

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10 Unique First Anniversary Gift Ideas

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Do you know what to get your spouse for your first anniversary? It can be tough to think of something original that they’ll love. You want to make sure it’s a gift that celebrates your love and reminds them of all the happy memories you’ve shared in the past year. Here are ten unique gift ideas to help spark some inspiration.

1. A Custom Song

There’s nothing more romantic than a custom song written just for your spouse. You can give them the recording as a gift, or better yet, serenade them with it in person. They’re sure to appreciate the thoughtfulness and effort you put into such a unique and special present.

2. A Trip Down Memory Lane

Put together a photo album or scrapbook filled with memories from your first year together. Include pictures, ticket stubs, and other mementos to remind them of the good times you’ve shared. They’ll love looking through it and reliving all those happy moments.

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3. A Romantic Getaway

Nothing says “I love you,” like whisking your spouse away for a weekend of romance. Whether it’s a nearby bed and breakfast or a trip to a far-flung destination, they’re sure to appreciate the time spent together alone.

4. A Love Letter

There’s nothing more cherished than a heartfelt letter expressing your love and appreciation for your spouse. Write down why you fell in love with them and what they mean to you. Also, mention all the happy memories you’ve shared in the past year.

5. A Customized Piece of Jewelry

A unique and personal gift, a customized piece of jewelry is perfect for your first anniversary. You can have it inscribed with a special message or your initials, or you can even have a birthstone added. This will be a gift that she will cherish forever. You can get a spinner ring or best friend ring from StoryJewellery for the best choice.

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6. A Romantic Dinner

One way to show your spouse how much you love them is to cook them a romantic dinner. Set the mood with candles, flowers, and soft music. Prepare their favorite meal or try something new and adventurous. Either way, they’re sure to enjoy spending quality time together over a delicious meal.

7. A Day of Pampering

Treat your spouse to a day of relaxation and pampering. Get them a massage, manicure, and pedicure. Alternatively, you could take them to a spa for the day or buy them some luxurious bath products. They’re sure to appreciate being able to relax and rejuvenate.

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8. A Gift Certificate for an Experience

Give your spouse an experience they’ll never forget with a gift certificate for something they’ve always wanted to do. It could be skydiving, learning to cook, or taking a hot air balloon ride. Whatever it is, they’re sure to appreciate the opportunity to try something new and exciting.

9. A Personalized Mug

Get your spouse a mug that celebrates your first anniversary. Engrave it with your initials, wedding date, or a special message? It’s a small gift that will make your spouse smile every time they use it.

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10. A Framed Photo

Frame a favorite photo from your wedding day or honeymoon to remind your spouse how much you love them. You can add a personal message to the frame to make it extra special. This is a gift that will last a lifetime.

11. A Custom T-Shirt

Design a t-shirt that celebrates your first anniversary. Include your wedding date, spouse’s name, or a special message. This is a fun and unique gift that you can both enjoy.

12. A Personalized Book

Get a book personalized with your names and anniversary date. Your spouse will cherish this thoughtful and unique gift for years to come. Just remember, it’s not about how much you spend on them, but rather the thoughtfulness and effort you put into the gift.

Conclusion

When it comes to finding the perfect first-anniversary gift, it’s all about thinking outside the box. Whether you opt for something classic or something unique, your spouse is sure to appreciate a thoughtful gift that celebrates your first year of marriage.

So, if you’re stuck on what to get your spouse for your first anniversary, take a look at these 12 unique gift ideas. From custom-made jewelry to personalized home decor, there’s sure to be a gift on this list that perfectly suits your spouse and your relationship.

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Pet insurance can help you save money on emergency treatment for your furry friend. If you’re looking for the most affordable pet insurance policy around, there are a few things that you’ll want to look for specifically. Let’s take a look at some of the top tips for saving money on your pet insurance policy.

Don’t Stick with One Carrier

Opting for a single carrier is usually a bad idea if you’re looking to save money on your pet insurance because getting a good deal is all about exploring your options. There are many factors that go into determining the cost of your pet insurance, and some carriers will look at certain factors, such as your location, differently.

We’d recommend getting a quote from at least four or five different carriers before deciding on the best one since this will give you a pretty good idea of how much you can expect to pay for coverage. Once you have a ballpark estimate of the cost of coverage, you can then make a more informed decision and acquire the best pet insurance.

Bundle Your Coverage

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when shopping for insurance is not checking to see if one of their existing insurance carriers offers the coverage that they’re looking for. For example, if your car insurance or home insurance company offers pet insurance, you may be able to save by going with them.

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This is because an insurance carrier doesn’t want to lose your business to a competitor. To keep you working with them across various types of insurance, they’ll typically offer you a discount if you bundle your pet insurance with one of their other kinds of coverage.

Get Your Pet’s Insurance While They’re Young

Don’t wait until your pet gets old to get them insurance since you’ll likely end up spending a lot more money on your premiums at that point. This is because of the higher likelihood of an older pet getting sick or injured because their systems simply aren’t as robust as they used to be.

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This increases the likelihood of you needing to file a claim for your pet, which is something that insurance companies know well. If they’re going to be more likely to pay out, an insurance carrier will charge you more for your pet’s coverage. If you get coverage young enough, some insurance companies will freeze your pet’s rate at the one they had when they were young.

Pick a Breed that isn’t Predisposed to Genetic Conditions

Many pet insurance companies will also consider the breed of pet that you have when coming up with your premium. Certain breeds are more likely to contract specific conditions, many of which can be extremely costly to treat.

The size of your breed will also impact the cost of your pet insurance since larger breeds of both dogs and cats will cost more for a vet to handle. If you’re looking to limit the amount you spend on insurance, opt for a smaller, healthier breed.

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5 Innovative Digital Solutions For Restaurants

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Is your company striving to become more innovative? How about upgrading your technology? Social media (such as Yelp and Instagram) have infused technology into the dining experience, and people love it. The right technological enhancements will help you give your customers the experience they’re looking for, and you’ll retain and gain new customers as a result.

It is a challenge to decide what technology to implement to achieve a competitive advantage. Using technology can improve customer satisfaction, reduce costs, improve food safety, and increase revenue. Isn’t that amazing? Here are the top technologies that restaurants should consider implementing to stay competitive, such as a LED Light box.

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1. Digital Point-of-Sale System

What does it do? Cloud-based point-of-sale systems are the best way to empower your staff: waitstaff can place orders, the kitchen can receive orders instantly, and cashiers can process payments.

Using report features helps owners and managers improve operations by making data-backed decisions, such as which items are selling well or poorly, eliminating guesswork.

2. Scheduling Software

How does it work? Managers can log server and bartender schedules and vacation requests using automated scheduling software. Notifications are sent to the manager of schedule conflicts and gaps, and staff members send reminders when to report in.

Both the customers and the business can benefit from using scheduling software for restaurants. Streamlining the scheduling process means better attendance and freed up time for everyone. This digital solution can also help boost customer loyalty and experience. 

For instance, a Live Music, Bar & Restaurant in Manchester can better serve their customers by ensuring the venue can accommodate a sufficient number of people in one day and avoid over exceeding. For this, using scheduling software in managing scheduled events like rave parties, company events, or birthday gatherings would be necessary.

3. Mobile and online ordering

How does it work? Doesn’t it seem like a no-brainer? Despite its obvious benefits, many restaurants don’t implement and execute online ordering properly. It is a plus for customers to see the full menu and how much the order adds up. However, a strong online presence coupled with an outstanding user experience will set you apart from your competitors.

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Benefits of online and mobile ordering: Online and mobile ordering eliminate incorrect orders and food waste that often occurs with phone orders. Customers can browse online menus more leisurely, meaning they are more likely to order additional items, increasing sales.

4. Mobile Payment

Fast food and QSR market success are largely dependent on mobile payment technologies. Users don’t have to wait anymore for the server to process their payments with some systems that include mobile card readers right at the table.

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Mobile payments are faster than cash and less cumbersome than EMV chip cards. Faster checkout means fewer wait times, faster turnaround, and more sales.

5. Managing waitlists

Diners today don’t appreciate waiting in a restaurant, especially if there’s no space at the bar or in the lounge, and even less if they have to stand in line outside in inclement weather. Apps for waiting list management are easy to use: they notify diners via mobile devices when their tables are ready.

Waitlist management provides several advantages, including enforcing customer rights to roam freely, removing the inconvenience of coasters, and preventing unsightly crowding at the door and in the reception area.

A company that keeps up with the latest technologies can gain a competitive advantage in this digital age. In the restaurant industry, customer perception will be the most important differentiator.

Conclusion

Whatever technology you choose, don’t interrupt the customer’s experience with unnecessary interruptions. A helpful, convenient, and fun innovation is what they are looking for.

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