The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival set two new records this in its 14th year: in attendance and fundraising.
The festival started with a bang with a wonderful culinary experience with the chefs from the new PBS show Real Food Real Kitchens. Things got crazy with a comedy show featuring the comedy stylings of Dana Snyder (Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Adult Swim), Lear Bunda (Adult Swim), Brian Studler (Brothers & Sisiters,), Brooks Braselman (The Space Coast) and Pat Martin and Billy Tracey(WhatarePatandBillyDrinking). An encore showing of Herschell Gordon Lewis` new classic "The Uh-Oh Show!" finished the night on Friday!
A day of Florida films and communication with and between filmmakers was memorable. Everyone enjoyed meeting Ruth Reynolds all the way from the west coast who is the star of Michael Baumgarten`s new film "The Guest House".
The big news is that we sold out Saturday night!
An enthusiastic audience enjoyed a traditional Lion Dance on the red carpet and everyone loved the dragon thanks to the Wah Lum Temple who supported the great documentary by Mimi Chan "Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer". The support for Paulette King`s premiere of her new film: "Forgiveness Lessons of Life 101" was spectacular and there wasn`t an empty seat in the house.
With the help of great sponsors and all those in attendance we were able to raise-
$13,109.00 for The No Limits Academy
$1,100.00 for The Children`s Hunger Project
Special thanks to our Academy Level Sponsors - Premiere Theaters, Treasure Coast Dermatology, and Bill and Karen Slover.
Special thanks to our Star sponsors - A Cut Above Video, Inc., Brevard Live, Browning`s, Terrence Cronin, Sr. MD, Famous Faces & Funnies, Florida Beer, Laserchrome, Tom Loomis "Tommy Tricks", Space Coast Film Commission, Space Coast United Filmmakers Association, Ullian Realty
Thanks also to content sponsors Cult Movie Mania, Campus Movie Fest,and Real Food Real Kitchens. As well as Brooks Braselman, Lear Bunda, Dana Snyder, Brian Studler, and Michael Seminer
The award ceremony was truly joyous and many filmmakers brought home honors.
The Robert W. Kurrus, Jr. Memorial Humanitarian Filmmaker Award: Mimi Chan director of "Pui Chan: Kung Fu Pioneer"
The Florida Beer People`s Choice Award: "Forgiveness Lessons of Life 101" directed by Paulette King
The Kelly`s Hard Cider Crystal Apple Award (Directors` Choice): "The Diner" directed by Zach Hibbard
Best Animation: "Squeaky Business" directed by Cheryl Cabrera
Best Cinematography: The Guest House directed by Michael Baumgarten (Director of Photography Ankush Kohli)
Best Comedy: Pizza" directed by Greg St. Pierre
Best Documentary: "Matb (Mother)" directed by Laura Rosensteel
Best Dramatic Short: "Return but No Escape" directed by Kevin Shah
Best Horror Feature: "The Unbroken" directed by Jason Murphy
Best Horror Short: "Butcher`s Hill" directed by Rory Kindersly and Jason Noto
Best Musical Score: The Guest House directed by Michael Baumgarten (Music Michael Reola)
Florida Filmmaker Lifetime Achievement Award: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Rising Star Awards: Ruth Reynolds star of "The Guest House" directed by Michael Baumgarten and Brooks Braselman star of "The Space Coast" directed by Lear Bunda
Robin & Eddy Independent Spirit Award: Gregory Pitts director of "Flee"
Sexiest Comedian Award: Dana Snyder
The Space Coast Film Commission Best Florida Short: "Have We Met" directed by Bill Ronat
Volunteer of the Year Award: Bill Williams of A Cut Above Video, Inc.
Year of the Dragon Film Contest Runner-up: "A Tale of Annie" directed by Doug Carroll
Year of the Dragon Film Contest Winner: "Tiny Warrior" directed by Robby Sparks
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