THE DIY FILM FESTIVAL GALA
|The DIY cafe/theater in Hollywood|
The Lyric Theater is a great setting for the DIY Film Festival, as everything that goes on within its walls is created, produced and put together by those who rent the space. Appetizers and drinks were served to the crowd, which included all age groups, all aspects of filmmakers, from child actors to film distributors.
|A mixed-aged audience on hand for some excellent films.|
DIY Convention's and DIY Film Fest co-founder Bruce Haring in black.
|Rich Martini DIY Fest co-founder|
|Dash Arnott and Jillian Armanante of "Kittens In a Cage" which won Best Comedy Feature|
Film Director Jillian Armanante introduced members of her crew, including producer Dash Arnott who was joined by actors Rebecca Mozo and Erin Anderson. Jillian spoke of the journey her film has taken, from inception to screen and how it's currently an ongoing online series. Their film won BEST FEATURE COMEDY.
The winner for BEST DIRECTOR and BEST FILM was Camille Delamarre, for his entry "LAST CALL" and intense look at the last moments of a US GI who has stepped on a land mine.
A message from Best Film Producer and Star of "Last Call" David Atrakchi came in from Paris. Camille is directing a feature film, the reboot of the "Transporter" series, and David sent a text from Paris that the festival had "made his day."
|Billy Redieck, Jeremy McGovern of "Sweet Dreams"|
|Trent Dion Soto Director of "Among the Discarded"|
|Riley and Jimmy|
|Terra Forbes spoke on behalf of "Buffalo"|
|The team behind "Kevin, Take Two"|
Finally, Roger Jackson from Kinonation.com, an online distribution company spoke of how all the winning films are eligible for digital distribution with his company. Roger mentioned how impressed he was with their work, and how not to devalue their efforts by taking whatever first deal is offered to them; their work as artists continues on in trying to get their work into the world. He pointed out that the world market has opened up considerably because of the Internet, and what might be popular in Eastern Europe or Asia, might have a completely different audience than expected.
|Roger Jackson of Kinonation.com|
Thank you Pinnacle and Kinonation!!!
|Riley Beres and Tren Dion Soto - both made films about LA streets.|
|Rebecca Mozo in "Kittens in a Cage"|
|"Sweet Dream" filmmakers|
|Tyne Daly in a cameo in "Kittens in a Cage"|
|Filmmakers of "Among The Discarded" Producer/Editor Joshua Dragge, Director Trent Dion Soto|
Congratulations to all the filmmakers!!!!