2015 Florida Movie Festival Celebration!
May 12, 2015
The results are in! Attached are the results in all categories. Congratulations to everyone for providing a great fest and excellent competition. FMF (Florida Movie Fest) prides itself in reviewing all judges scoring and audience scoring. After the festival, we take the time to go back through all movies to re-review. The movie’s from short shorts (1-20min), loose shorts (20-60min) and long pants (60+min) were very diverse and well done. Competition was so close in many categories with scores (out of 100) being separated by 1 or 2 points. The difference between being a finalist and not sometimes was less than 3-4 points. If your film graded 80+ (out of 100 in 10 categories), you were a finalist. When we had many reach this goal, we included a winner, 1st place, 2nd place and finalist. We chose not to include a semi-finalist category. Many, many movies reached the 74-79 range. If this was one of yours, FMF went back and watched and judged again. In a few cases they were elevated to final status. No one was bumped down! This is why in some categories you had a couple of finalists and in other’s you had 1st place, 2nd place, and more finalists. Competition is amongst your peers in your category, but FMF also feels your work, should be judged against a high standard.
For those of you that did not get to the 80 score, keep working on your craft. Some of you are very close. It may be the music, the performances, the predictability of the story, the camera work. Many are 5-10% away. Hope to see all of you in the future with more “passions” to explore.
Our documentary category was especially strong. You create a forum for people to learn. Thank you for your “passion” on these subjects. A special thank you to Leon Lee (David’s and Goliath) exposing the organ transplants in China. In April Leon was awarded the Peabody Award, as well as overall winner at a festival with over 200 documentaries. A second special thank you goes to Kae Bahar (who was nominated) for most successful Kurd in London. After watching his work in Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Kurdistan, we see why. Hisstorytelling excels because his father told him stories andtook him to amovie theater close by. When he was a young teenager (after leaving the theater) Saddam Hussein’s Secret Police came and took him away. He escaped and eventually ended up in London. After 30 years he finally can journey back to Northern Iraq (Kurd region) to see his family and vote. He eventually needs to talk to an individual to purchase headstones for his mom and dad’s recent gravesites. It is the person that is responsible for getting him captured 3o years ago. “Passion” I believe so, Kae submitted a short narrative “I AM SAMI” that was a winner. He also was kind enough to send us 4 documentaries that were outstanding and received the audience top award. FMF did not include his documentary work in the competition, but we showed his work in the festival.
This is why these two individuals win the award for Best Director – Making a Difference.
Thank you to both, for sharing your work and stories. Please, take some time and look up their work.
FMF wanted to get the results out to you before a scheduled trip starts tomorrow. When we return the laurels will be sent to you.
Thank you again.
Florida Movie Fest,
Brian Cline and Tom Swartz
2015 FLORIDA MOVIE FEST – WINNERS
“Short Shorts(1-20min), Loose Shorts(20-60min), Long Pants(>60min)”
Feature Movies (Long Pants >60min)
Best Feature Winner – N+N (Hong Kong)
1st Place – Kyra Kyralion (Romania), 2nd Place 8th Continent (Germany)
Finalist – Dar He (US), Rule of Lead (Italy), Runaway Day (Greece)
Women D/P – Finalist – N+N (Hong Kong), The Daughters of Danaus (Spain), Fragile World (US)
Winner Faith – Adrenaline (US), Revelations (US)
Finalist Faith – Polycarp (US), Gift Everlasting (Jamaica/US), Good Book (US)
Women D/P Winner Faith – Gift Everlasting (Jamaica/US)
Winner Documentary – David’s & Goliath (Canada)
1st Place – Bisagno (Italy), 2nd Place – Heart of Glass (France)
Finalist Documentary – Poverty (US), I Want to Live (Kurdistan), Secret Diplomacy (Germany/Chile/Finland), Sweethearts of Gridiron (US), It’s Easy Being Green When You Have No Choice (US), Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey (Canada)
Women D/P Winner Documentary – Poverty (US)
Women D/P Finalist Documentary – Uncle Tony (Bulgaria), Lee’s Keys (US)
Finalist Faith Documentary – IBUR Connection (US), Faith, Hope, BBQ (US)
Mini – Feature (Loose Shorts 20-60min):
Winner – Spring Flood (Belgium)
1st- Place – Sum Total of Memory (US), 2nd Place – Armor of Light (US)
Finalist – Chain (US), A Good Deal (France), She Rocks the Planet (US), Cyclic (Spain)
Winner Faith – Highway to Hell (US)
Finalist Faith – Armor of Light (US), Open Hands (US), Options (US), Yeshua Answer (US)
Winner Documentary – Sum Total of our Memory (US)
1st Place – ArdeLucus (Spain), 2nd- Spas-Kamen (Russia)
Finalist Documentary – Facing Hunger (Canada), The Exchange (US),
Socotra: The Hidden Land (Spain)
Women D/P Finalist Documentary – – Last Pyramid (US), SOne Way Trip to Siem Reap (France), Women (Mozambique), Pikineras (Nicaragua)
Faith Finalist Documentary Starting Over: Record of Faith (US), 3 Ten Venture (US)
Short Shorts (1-20min)
Winner Short – I AM SAMI (UK/Kurdistan)
1st Place – Sleeping Death (Spain), 2nd Place – This Was My Son (US)
Finalist – Split Time (France), Killing My Girl (UK), Unseen Birthday (Germany), Time 2 Split (France), I Confess (UK), Jila (Iran)
Women D/P Winner Short – Chauvinist Pig (Sweden)
1st Place – Betty Boo(Australia), 2nd Place – My Children Mourn (US)
Women D/P Finalist – Masquerade (US), My Friend’s Friend (Kazakhstan), Into Sleep (China), Galicia – Portobello Road (UK)
“Outside the Box” Short Finalist – Fe-Male (Switzerland), What is an Actor? (Brazil), Common Urban Human (Greece)
Winner Faith Short – Christ Tempted (US)
Finalist Faith – Caught Inside (US), Going Through the Motions (US), Born Dead: A Zombie Parable (US)
Women D/P Faith Finalist – Jesus Through My Eyes (US)
Winner Documentary Short – Not Anymore : A story of Revolution (Syria/US)
Finalist Documentary – Sprint to the Past (Russia), Putting the Ribbon Back On (US), Water in All Forms (Iceland), City of Lights (Italy), Photo Shooting of a Bald Head (Brazil), For Her I Get Married (Spain)
Women D/P Winner Documentary Short – Preserves (US/Ecuador)
Women D/P Finalist Documentary – Epidemic of Knowledge (UK), Roxie (US),
Winner- Treasure Nest(US)
1st Place – Plastimime(UK), 2nd Place – Emilie(Luxembourg)
Finalist –Plastimime(UK), Match (Germany), Dad’s Fragile Doll (Iran), Maly Cousteau(Czech Republic), September Sketch Book(US)
Finalist Women Directed/Produced(D/P) – Treasure Nest(US), Emilie(Luxembourg)
Winner – In the Beginning (David Helling), USA
Women D/P Winner – Quiet on the Set (Laura Valtorta), USA
Winner – Children of same God (Spain) Gus Carballo
1st Place – Salve Regina (US) Rob Kaczmark
2nd Place – Matter of Fact: “Purpose” (US) Shane Pergrem
Finalist – Dark Sky (Greece), Rome from Above (US), Getting Away Getting Near(Greece)
Winner – Unveiled (US) Rob Kaczmark
Women D/P Winner- Long Shadows (Australia) Linda Millar/Darwin Brooks
1st Place – Stanford Wushu, 2nd Place – I Before Thee (US)
Finalist – So In Love (US), Crack (Spain), The Patient of Paradise Avenue (US)
Winner – Chris & Josh (Season 2) (Australia)
Women D/P Winner – She Rocks the Planet! TV (US)
Winner – Feature (Long Pants >60min) Deliha (Turkey)
Women D/P Winner – Australiens (Australia)
Winner – (Loose Shorts 20-60min) –Bolero for Surfing in Moravia (Venezuela)
Winner – (Short Shorts 1-20min) Dad-in-Mum (France)
Finalist- Princess Strikes Back (Germany), Diagnostic (France), Dare Side of Moon (UK)
Psychic Sue (Germany)
** After Judges and Audience voting only 4 (of 100) points separated winner from all finalists **
Special thanks to FabriceBracq (France), Dave Lojek (Germany), Alex Constantin (UK) for this great short comedy competition!
Winner – Austin (US)
1st Place – Retaliation (Hungary), 2nd Place – Forsaken (US)
Finalist – Cold Morning (US), Tempter (US),The Heat (Poland), The Order (UK)
Women D/P &High School Winner – Cold Morning (US)
Finalist High School – Emotional Dimensions of James River (US), The Wall (US), Avarice (US)
Finalist Women D/P – Cara(US), Emotional Dimensions of James River(US)
Winner Documentary – The Boats of Jamaica Bay (US)
We honored our judges and attending movie makers with a red carpet photo session.
Award winners will be announced and laurels forwarded to the winners.
We had movies from all over the world. The quality of our submissions was appreciated by our judges.
Thank you for sharing your work with our festival judges and attendees.