Friday night’s gala screening of this year’s SF3 finalists was a pleasurable eclectic mix of poignant drama, inspiring documentary tales, brilliant humour and the testing of a mix of light to heavy visual effects in this exciting emerging genre. Attending the screening with my fellow filmmaker and Leader of the Arts Party, P J Collins, we arrived at a room positively buzing with hopeful finalists, networking filmmakers, generous sponsors, and many happy supporters. In its second year, the festival gala final offered an impressive show of 14 short fils all shot on smartphones.
I must first say that I did enjoy all the films. In addition to the worthy category winners, here are my personal favourites. The witty and outrageously funny movie “The Man Who Knew Poe” by Steve McGrath had me and the audience in complete stitches. The poignant “90 seconds to Live”, by Levi Austin Morris required my best self-control to restrain a tear from splashing my cheek. “The Weird Sisters”, by Blake Worrell is a refreshingly powerful female performance that transports the audience into the disturbing tunnels of another’s madness. Finally, the documentary “Tofuman”, by Andrew Rob, brought such a happy smile to my face. I relished Rob’s subtle, tenderly honest portrayal of Duc Nga’s inspiring story.
Thank you SF3 and all the brilliant filmmakers involved for an excellent night out.
K R Davis – Talking Arts
Best Film and Best Cinematography awards went to Bondi’s Christopher Stolley for No Budget – shot on an iPhone 4s. “No plot, no story, no characters but these two cineastes and this ambitious little film are going places.” The film featured cameos from Hugo Weaving & David Wenham!
Bubbles Don’t Lie by Stepan Etrych of the Czech Republic (iPhone 5, pics attached) picked up Best Screenplay and Best Director awards. This is a wonderfully absurd story in which everybody discovers comic-book style bubbles above their heads and, in a funny twist, find out what they mean.
Susan Farrell wins Best Actress for her role in Baggage Claim – about a politician and his indiscretions. Filmmakers were Carla deLuca, Luke Kellett and Andy Gallagher from Sydney (iPhone 6s Plus).
Liam J. Phelan of Surry Hills (iPhone 6) won both Best Actor and the new #FILMBREAKER awards with his powerful piece about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Don’t Give Up – which tells the story of Iraq war veteran Chris Carter. The new category, for first time filmmakers, was inspired by Pocket Filmmaker, Jason van Genderen and SF3’s partnership with his Pocket Film Academy.
The SF3 Kids Flick Pick was won by 12-year-old Talia Cohen-Vigder (USA) for her joyful movie Holiday of Holidays, filmed in Israel and documenting an annual holiday festival in the Israeli village of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam, a purpose-built, integrated community of Arabs and Jews.
Founders’ Pick Flicks: Time to Pay Off Debts (by Conrad Mess of Spain) and Fly Away by Luis Juarez (Venezuela).
The People’s Choice Award was hotly contested this year with The Weird Sisters by Blake Worrell taking out the prize with 340 LIKES on Facebook!