The winners for each category:
- Feature Film
- Feature Documentary
- Short Narrative & Docs
- Student Film
- Short Film
- Web Series
Since our Jury really enjoyed some movies, we would like to give out 2 special mention this month.
BEST FEATURE FILM
Train Station, USA 2015
When a mysterious train accident forces a man to change his plans, he is confronted with a series of choices, some big, some small. Each decision he makes leads to a different scenario, each one filmed by a different director with a different cast. Directed by 40 filmmakers from 25 different countries, Train Station is the second feature film by CollabFeature.
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
April Zero One, France 2016
Kiev, April 2015. One year after the Eurorevolution started then set up on Maidan, the main square of the Ukrainian capital. From explorations to intertwined portraits, we meet the youth of a country always rebuilding, seeking independence.
Directors: Marie Cavailles
Producers: Marie Cavailles
Writers: Marie Cavailles
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE & DOCS
SMOKE THAT TRAVELS , USA 2015
What happens when a story is forgotten? ‘Smoke That Travels’ is a personal documentary by 2016 Sundance Film Festival Ignite Fellow Kayla Briët that explores preservation and loss of Native American culture and her own identity as Prairie Band Potawatomi.
Directors: Kayla Briet
BEST STUDENT FILM
The Curse of the Were-Rat, United Kingdom 2015
In the city shred by terror, a mysterious shape-shifting man, strikes fear into the hearts of the citizens. A wild, innocent cat nearly falls victim to the strange monster, however he discovers his great secret.
Directors: Jan Julian Rospond
BEST SHORT FILM
The New Politics, Hong Kong 2016
The future of politics is no longer determined by mass wars and conflicts, but instead through a combative ‘Global Games’ pitting the best representative of each nation against one another.
Follow two women as they strive forward toward the final battle which will determine the future of The People’s Own Government.
Directors: Joshua Wong
Writers: Joshua Wong
Producers: Joshua Wong, Ernest Wu, Spencer Douglass
Key Cast: Aleisha Rose, Jaeden Cheng
BEST WEB SERIES
Return to Sender, USA 2015
A comedic, improvised web series. An elementary school teacher and low-key Brooklynite, Bryan’s dating life leaves much to be desired. So Betty, his mother, decides to take matters into her own hands. For his 30th birthday she orders him a mail order bride from Russia. Thus begins our quirky love story nestled like Russian dolls in a comedy of errors.
Directors: Danielle M. James
Writers: Rebecca West, Jason Beaubien, Cameron J. Oro
Producers: Rebecca West, Jason Beaubien, Cameron J. Oro
Key Cast: Rebecca West, Jason Beaubien, Cameron J. Oro, Laura Parker, Heather Gordon
BEST MINI-SHORT – 1 minute films
Different Shoe Dates, South Africa 2016
The reason why a man goes on so many different dates when none of the woman have anything in common…
SPECIAL MENTIONS – FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES
PLAYING LECUONA, Spain 2015
A journey through the work and living spaces of pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona, considered the most universal of Latin Ameica pianists. Three outstanding Latin Jazz piano players will guide us in this odyssey: CHUCHO VALDES in Lecuona’s native Havana fuses jazz with Afro-Cuban rhythms, MICHEL CAMILO in New York, creates elegant soundscapes, in Seville, GONZALO RUBALCABA, the heart or Andalucia, fuses Latin Jazz with Flamenco.
Director: Pavel Giroud, JuanMa Villar Betancort
Writers: JuanMa Villar Betancort
Producers: JuanMa Villar Betancort, Gervasio Iglesias, Gustavo Pazmín
Key Cast: Michel Camilo, Chucho Valdés, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Omara Portuondo, Raimundo Amador, Ana Belen, Esperanza Fernández
SPECIAL MENTIONS – STUDENT FILMS
Rest of Your Life, USA 2015
A man realizes that buying a mattress is a life decision.
Director: Melanie Amanda Ho
Writers: Melanie Amanda Ho
Producers: Taylor Becker
Key Cast: Logan Coffey, Steve Mazzoccone
Each month, a selection of industry professionals will screen and judge the films and determine which ones will be the monthly winners.
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