The DIY Film Fest is pleased to announce this year's WINNING ENTRIES for the 2015
DIY FILM FESTIVAL
BEST FILM and BEST DIRECTOR:
"LAST CALL" Directed by Camille Delamarre, Produced by and starring David Atrakchi Trailer:
Young French film director uses the latest techniques in digital filmmaking to help tell this powerful short story that's shot in the vein of "American Sniper." Camille has gone from his role Director Second Unit to Directing Feature films. David Atrackchi sent us his regards from Paris:
BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE
BUFFALO Directed by Michael McCallum
Moving story about an elderly Cab driver who has demons of his own that he must come to terms with while training a new cab driver. Disarmingly simple, with the Director's Father in the title role, this story weaves a tale of heartbreak from the point of view of an old cab driver who doesn't have much reason to get up every day. Role is reminiscent of Robert Duvall's work in its simplicity and honesty. Directed by Michael McCallum Trailer:
HONORABLE MENTION DRAMA:
"Saturdays or Sundays" by Ethan Knecht
Improvised feature film about a filmmaker and a teacher. His complaint is that “during the week she turns into this educational monster” but it just so happens that she cares deeply about her students, and those scenes are directed and shot in a way that we can't tell if these amazing children are acting or not. Directed by Ethan Knecht: Film Trailer.
"BLACK AND BLUE" by Vincenzo Bertillo.
A close up R rated look at a complex relationship between two young adults. A chat with filmmaker Bertillo.
"RAIN" by Shimon Machida
What if in the future our memories were place in the Internet Cloud? How would it affect who we are? Bio for Shimon Machida
"VALIANT" by Shyam Sundar Sengupta
An epic adventure helped with the use of miniatures.
BEST DRAMATIC SHORT
"FIXATION" – by Jak Kerley
The trials and tribulations of love that borders on fixation. The ten minute film.
Fixation - Short Film from ShibbyPictures on Vimeo.
BEST STUDENT FILM:
"STASHBOX" by Isaac Burns and Simon Lansberg-Rodriguez
Two friends out in the desert looking for a box. Why? Brings memories of Breaking Bad and includes a surprise ending.
BEST COMEDY FEATURE:
"KITTENS IN A CAGE" from Stoic Entertainment
Directed by Jillian Armanante. Starring Rebecca Mozo.
Hilarious comedic sendup of the B Movie "Girls in Prison" films. Trailer:
BEST COMEDY SHORT FILM
"KEVIN, TAKE TWO" by Alex Wroten
What if you met yourself walking on the street?
"Die Gstettensaga: The Rise of Echsenfriedl" by Johannes Grenzfurthner
Off beat world cinema comedy that takes place in the future, with "The Prisoner" meets "Sleeper"
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
"SWEET DREAMS" from Mattoid Entertainment
Two ice cream makers attempt to break a world's record. Documentary Feature. Trailer:
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
"Hope For Our Own : An LA Story" by Riley Beres and Jimmy Deschler
Two students take a trip with their cameras into homelessness in L.A. trailer
HONORABLE MENTION DOCUMENTARY:
"White Rock Boxing" by Laura Voltorta
Documentary feature about a boxing gym and its affect on all of those who train within it. Trailer
"THE EDGE OF THE WILD" by Gail Mallimson
A local community fights on behalf of a tiny butterfly in the San Bruno Mountains.
JURY PRIZE FEATURE DOCUMENTARY
"Among The Discarded" by Trent Dion Soto
An artist decides to film his experience living 30 days in downtown LA's skid row among the homeless. Trailer
AMONG THE DISCARDED - Trailer from Among The Discarded on Vimeo.
"Dukha in Summer" by Cameo Wood
Expect Resistance Trailer from Shane Burley on Vimeo.
BEST NEW DIRECTOR
"BASTA" by Gary Bergeron
Powerful indictment of the Catholic Church in Boston by one of its abuse victims. Trailer:
"MONSTER" by Patrick Fatica
Animated short film using only paper cutouts about a mysterious creature in the woods. Trailer
Trailer for MONSTER from Patrick Fatica on Vimeo.
"THE LAST LEAF" by Gwyneth Christofell
Ah, to be the last leaf of summer. A short animated film. Here is GC's "thank you."
"THE STAR FISHING BOY" by Chuanshu Shi
Animated fairy tale about a boy who falls to Earth. Trailer
The Star Fishing Boy trailer from Chuanshu Shi on Vimeo.
Congratulations to all you DIY Filmmakers!!!! We salute you and appreciate your entering our festival. Good luck to all of you filmmakers with your films, and keep the DIY Flag waving high!