Sunday

And the 2018 winners are...


We are pleased to announce the WINNING FILMS for the 2018 DIY Film Festival. 



Please take a look at these titles as they represent the finest in Do It Yourself filmmaking.  


BEST FILM - BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE




"A FORCE IN NATURE – JOHANN EYFELLS" 

DIRECTED BY HAYDEN DE MAISONEUVE YATES

"Portrait of an Artist as an Older Man." Proof that the need to create strikes people anywhere on the planet.  Wonderful exploration of the famed Icelandic artist. 

"Jóhann Eyfells, a 93 year-old Icelandic sculptor living in Texas, reveals the forces that shaped his life from his early years in Iceland, the land of fire and ice, to his professional life as an artist and teacher in Florida. 
After the death of Kristin Eyfells, a sculptor, painter, and his wife of nearly 60 years, Johann moved from Florida to Texas. Despite the loss he still feels for Kristin and his physical age, Jóhann continues to create new massive and monumental works exploring our understanding of time and space while struggling to find recognition for both Kristin and himself in the artistic world.

Filmmaker with artist Eyfells in 2016



A Force in Nature: Jóhann Eyfells from Alien Spaceman on Vimeo.



BEST DIRECTOR - 
TAMIR RAWLINGS  

for "LITTLE STAR" 

DIRECTED BY TAMIR PETER RAWLINGS


Production Still from "Little Star"
An elegiac look at memory, and those who represent our deepest bonds on the planet. Terrific visuals give the audience a sense of nostalgia for an earlier time and relationships that are thicker than water.



"After picking up an unexpected passenger, Scott and his older brother Kirk travel along Montana's "Hi-Line." As the road trip hits one rough patch after another, Scott tries to remember the simpler times when they were close."




Still from "Little Star"


Little Star teaser (2017) from Tamir Rawlings on Vimeo.


BEST FEATURE COMEDY 

"SERIOUS LAUNDRY"



DIRECTED BY KEN WEBB


Director Ken Webb and his cast from Serious Laundry
A comedic look at murder and mayhem that begins in a casual conversation in a laundrymat. Darkly sly and entertaining trip into a murderous fantasy.
Director Ken Webb

"When a young man gets seduced into helping with the removal of a dead body, he must find out the truth behind the corpse before he loses his life or gains a fortune. It's a madcap comic heist film with a lot of heart."




BEST COMEDY SHORT

"HANDS FREE: “HOW MAY I HELP YOU?” 

DIRECTED BY AMY SCHLOERB


Comedienne Amy Schloerb
A comedic look at what everyone wonders is really going on with hands free questions. 

Actor/Director Amy Schloerb works in television (Black-ish, Criminal Minds, 1600 Penn), has an animated stand-up comedy web series and created a laugh out loud look at one woman's hands free encounter.  





BEST SHORT DRAMA

Don't Hide the Madness
"DON’T HIDE THE MADNESS"


Filmmaker Kimberley Rai

DIRECTED BY KIMBERLEY RAI

A young woman searches for a tool to express to her parents what it feels like to have bipolar. A documentary short from a talented South African artist who explores depression in this moving short film. 

Here's a sample of her earlier work "I am Princess Vlei" 

Here's a sample of her work:

"Dancing with Demons" a film by Kimberley Rai from Kimberley Rai on Vimeo.

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

"KWANXWALA – THUNDER"  

DIRECTED BY SARAH SHAMASH


A unique look inside a native North American tribe of Alert Bay, Canada that struggles to retain it's identity in a challenging and changing landscape. 


Canadian Artist Filmmaker Sarah Shamash

Teaser: Kwanxwala - Thunder from Sarah Shamash on Vimeo.




BEST STUDENT FILM

"AFTER THE RAYNE

DIRECTED BY WASLY CASTILLO


Filmmaker Wasly Castillo
"After the Rayne" tells the story of a six-year-old girl, her emotionally distraught father, and a babysitter who wants to help them. When a mother passes away on vacation, the father tries to deal with his pain and still take care of his daughter. He turns to a college student for help. (Film school: St. John's, Queens, NY) 
Filmmaker Castillo and actress Dolce Demce


JURY AWARD


Still from Fixit Fables

DIRECTED BY OAN LINDBLAD

An entertaining cast of young kids, brings inventive life to this short story that is set in their imaginary world.  Reminiscent of Stranger Things, this unusual group of inventie children who are hired to "fix things" takes the viewer on a unique adventure.


BEST WORLD CINEMA


"VISMRIT: FORGOTTEN" – NEPAL - 

DIRECTED BY ANIMESH SAPKOTA
Filmmaker Sapkota

Shot in Nepal by first time Director Animesh Sapkota, this film is reminsicent of the visual imagery of Satijyat Ray, Fellini or Terrence Malick in its stark use of unusual faces, vistas with little or no dialog. The pacing lulls the viewer into a world where poetry of light and image become more important than what is said.






CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE 
DIY FILMMAKERS.

INTERVIEWS WITH THE WINNING FILMMAKERS WILL BE FEATURED IN A PANEL TO THE RIGHT OF THIS POST AS SOON AS WE CAN GATHER THEM.

THANK YOU ALL FOR SHARING YOUR FILM WITH US!!!

"When the cost of filmmaking is as much as a pencil and a piece of paper, only then we'll find true artists in cinema." Jean Cocteau





Friday

THE FINALISTS ARE ANNOUNCED!!!!

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2018 DIY Film Festival. 



Please take a look at these titles as they represent the finest in Do It Yourself filmmaking.  

The winners will be announced in the next couple of weeks.


FEATURE FILM FINALISTS

"LITTLE STAR." DIRECTED BY TAMIR RAWLINGS




SERIOUS LAUNDRYDIRECTED BY KEN WEBB



COMEDY FILM FINALISTS

THE BIGGEST GAME INTOWN. DIRECTED BY JOHN NAVA




HANDS FREE: “HOW MAY I HELP YOU?” DIRECTED BY AMY SCHLOERB





DOCUMENTARY FINALISTS

KWANXWALA – THUNDER  DIRECTED BY SARAH SHAMASH




VOICES IN THE DARK. DIRECTED BY REBECCA HOWLAND (Article)


Director Rebecca Howland

A FORCE IN NATURE – JOHANN EYFELLS DIRECTED BY HAYDEN DE MAISONEUVE YATES


A Force in Nature: Jóhann Eyfells from Alien Spaceman on Vimeo.

MIRAGE DIRECTED BY ELI HAYES (WEBSITE)



STUDENT FILM FINALISTS

FAITH THROUGH THE STORMS DIRECTED BY DINA SIX 


THE DANCE DIRECTED BY JASON RHODES




JUST LAST YEAR DIRECTED BY MIKAL EWING, ALLA BAVEA



WORLD CINEMA FINALISTS

EL HOMBRE QUE SIEMPRE HIZO SU PARTE - THE MAN WHO ALWAYS DID HIS PART – ECUADOR - DIRECTED BY ORISEL CASTRO AND YORK NEUDEL




VISMIT: FORGOTTEN – NEPAL - DIRECTED BY ANIMESH SAPKOTA




BRIDE PRICE VS.DEMOCRACY – SWEDEN - DIRECTED BY REZA RAHIMI






CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE FINALISTS!!! 

LONG LIVE THE DIY FILM SPIRIT!!!


WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN A COUPLE OF DAYS OR WEEKS.


Saturday

It's that time again!

It's time for final submissions for the DIY Film Festival!!! (March 16th, 2018)
 Time is fleeting. Tempis Fugit.


Finalists will be announced within a few days after the 16th, and the winners will be announced towards the end of the month.
Clocks and bunnies. What gives?

Thank you all for submitted to our film festival, now in its 15th year!

Our submission period is coming to an end (March 16th, 2018) when Finalists will be Announced. (Winners to be announced a week later.)

What's that thing on his wrist? An analog clock?


This year again, we've had submissions from across the planet, and as a result of winners and finalist not being able to make a screening in Hollywood, we've gone completely online for our festival.

Online Film Festival? Meeow!
The DIY Film Festival Winners will be featured online with interviews about their process, how they came to be filmmakers, and why they made their film as well as any links to promotional material or the films themselves.


Winners are awarded an editing software package, courtesy of our friends at Pinnacle Editing Systems (A Corel industries product), are emailed a certificate suitable for framing along with a garland for their website, and are eligible for online distribution through our co-sponsor FilmHub.com "A new way for film distribution."


We at the DIY Film Festival feature the best in Do It Yourself Filmmaking, and our filmmakers have gone on to success in the industry, including commerical directors, feature film directors and award winning filmmakers.  (see posts below)

We also try to highlight their work and careers, (see the links to the side of this page) and we try to follow the motto from avante garde filmmaker Jean Cocteau: "When the cost of filmmaking is as much as a pencil and piece of paper, then we'll find true art."

Please pick up your camera and find some art.

All hail DIY Filmmakers and Filmmaking!!!!  We salute  you!!!!  (And may the odds be ever in your... well, you know what we mean. "Film on!")

The End of the Journey...

Monday

Kudos to the Festival Winners of Sundance

Congratulations to all of the Sundance Winners!!!

Some of these are films that we born in the "DIY spirit" - in terms of focusing on a story that moved the filmmakers, found friends and family to help them make it, and wound up being rewarded for their efforts.

"When the cost of filmmaking is as much as a pencil and a piece of paper, then we'll see true art."  Jean Cocteau

Here's an excellent clip talking to last year's filmmakers about their filmmaking process:




Sundance Winners: ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post,’ ‘Kailash’ Take Top Honors

Gay conversion therapy drama takes top prize in what has widely been considered a quiet Sundance, as quality films failed to spark big sales.



The Sundance Film Festival wrapped with awards for “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” director Desiree Akhavan’s accepting look at Christian teens wrestling with gay conversion therapy, and documentary winner “Kailash,” about a Nobel Prize winner’s crusade to end child slavery in his native India...

Other honorees in the U.S. Dramatic competition included Sara Colangelo for “The Kindergarten Teacher,” a remake of the Israeli drama that stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a teacher who takes credit for one of her student’s creativity, and Christina Choe, who collected the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for “Nancy.”

U.S. Dramatic special jury awards went to first feature “Monsters and Men,” “I Think We’re Alone Now” and actor Benjamin Dickey, star of “Blaze.” Director Andrew Heckler won the category’s audience prize for “Burden,” which stars Garrett Hedlund as a KKK member who experiences a change of heart.

The U.S. Documentary jury honored Alexandria Bombach with the directing prize for “On Her Shoulders,” a portrait of ISIS survivor Nadia Murad. The judges also announced four special jury awards: to “Crime + Punishment,” “Hale County This Morning, This Evening,” “Minding the Gap” and “Three Identical Strangers...”

The U.S. Documentary audience prize went to “The Sentence,” inspiring director Rudy Valdez to profess, “All my life, I felt like I didn’t have a voice. I felt like my community was under-served. I kept waiting for somebody to help us, [for] somebody to step up to the plate. … I decided I wasn’t going to wait any longer for somebody to give me a voice.”

In the World Cinema dramatic competition, the grand jury prize went to “Butterflies,” a family-centric drama from Turkish director Tolga Karaçelik (whose “Ivy” competed at Sundance three years ago), while Iceland’s Ísold Uggadóttir earned directing honors for “And Breathe Normally.” The audience prize went to “The Guilty.” Danish director Gustav Möller accepted the award, saying, “The idea of the film is that it would be created by the audience … so it’s very special to get the award from the audience.”

The World Cinema documentary grand jury prize went to “Of Fathers and Sons,” Talal Derki’s two-year portrait of the pressures facing children growing up in a radical Islamist family. Directing honors went to Sandi Tan for “Shirkers,” while the audience voted for “This Is Home,” about four Syrian refugee families adjusting to life in Baltimore.

Ethan Hawke presented the NEXT Audience Award to Aneesh Chaganty’s “Search.” The film, which takes place entirely on computer screens, stars John Cho as a father searching for clues to his missing daughter’s disappearance via social media.

The category’s new NEXT Innovator Award was selected by RuPaul, who — as the prize’s first-ever judge — confessed, “We have a tie. I fought long and hard with myself over this,” before presenting to both Jordana Spiro’s “Night Comes On” and Jeremiah Zagar’s “We the Animals.”

Earlier this week, Chaganty’s “Search” received the $20,000 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize, presented annually to a film that focuses on science or technology as a theme.

Also previously announced, “His House” director Remi Weekes won the Sundance Institute NHK Award; the Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Awards went to Katy Chevingy & Marilyn Ness (producers of “Dark Money”) and Sev Ohanian for “Search”; and Sundance Institute Open Borders Fellowship winners were Derki (“Of Fathers and Sons”), Chaitanya Tamhane (for her still-untitled feature) and Tatiana Huezo (“Night on Fire”).

U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize: “The Miseducation of Cameron Post”

Audience Award: “Burden”

Directing: Sara Colangelo, “The Kindergarten Teacher”

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award: Christina Choe, “Nancy”

Special Jury Award for Outstanding First Feature: Reinaldo Marcus Green, “Monsters and Men”

Special Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking: “I Think We’re Alone Now”

Special Jury Award for Achievement in Acting: Benjamin Dickey, “Blaze”

U.S. DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize: “Kailash”

Directing: Alexandria Bombach, “On Her Shoulders”

Audience Award: “The Sentence”

Special Jury Award for Social Impact: “Crime + Punishment”

Special Jury Award for Creative Vision: “Hale County This Morning, This Evening”

Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Filmmaking: “Minding the Gap”

Special Jury Award for Storytelling: “Three Identical Strangers”

WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize: “Butterflies”

Audience Award: “The Guilty”

Directing Award: Ísold Uggadóttir, “And Breathe Normally”

Special Jury Award for Acting: Valeria Bertucecelli, “The Queen of Fear,”

Special Jury Award for Screenwriting: Julio Chavezmontes & Sebastián Hofmann, “Time Share”

Special Jury Award for Ensemble Acting: “Dead Pigs”

WORLD CINEMA DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION
Grand Jury Prize: “Of Fathers and Sons”

Audience Award: “This Is Home”

Directing Award: Sandi Tan, “Shirkers”

Special Jury Award: Steven Loveridge, “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”

Special Jury Award for Cinematography: Maxim Arbugaev, Peter Indergand “Genesis 2.0”

Special Jury Award for Editing: Maxim Pozdorovkin & Matvey Kulakov, “Our New President”

OTHER AWARDS
NEXT Audience Award: “Search”

NEXT Innovator Award: “Night Comes On” AND “We the Animals”

Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize: “Search”

Sundance Institute NHK Award: Remi Weekes, “His House”

Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Awards: Katy Chevingy & Marilyn Ness (“Dark Money”) AND Sev Ohanian (“Search”)


Sundance Open Borders Fellowship Presented by Netflix: Talal Derki (“Of Fathers and Sons”) AND Chaitanya Tamhane AND Tatiana Huezo (“Night on Fire”)