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‘Blue,’ ‘The Runaway,’ ‘Actor for Hire,’ ‘Concealed’ Among Winners at 2015 Orlando Film Festival

ORLANDO, FL (FNN News) – Independent film is not as glamorous as Hollywood; its plethora of challenges range from lacking capital to the point of a filmmaker spending his last dime to the dread of a lackluster screening thanks to low audience attendance, resulting from scanty marketing. Indie filmmakers relentlessly labor and use whatever resources they can get in order to realize their vision. There is nothing more gratifying than screening and winning at a film festival, and what better way to do it than winning on Orlando Film Festival’s tenth anniversary? OFFX, as it was called this year, screened over three hundred independent features, shorts, and music videos, and awarded its winners in the Plaza Cinema Café courtyard in Downtown Orlando at 8 p.m. Saturday.

 

The Juicy Details

Here is the list of OFFX’s award categories, nominees, and winners. Some films were unique and forged their own categories, garnering a win by default. The Ralph Clemente Student Short Award was added this year in honor of prolific executive producer and Valencia Film program director Ralph Clemente, who passed away earlier this year. During OFFX’s kickoff on Wednesday, the festival honored Clemente posthumously with a new star on the Plaza Cinema Cafe’s mezzanine, donated by Glory Sandblasting.

Best Music Video
Chops, Tiger JK, Yoon Mi Rae: Turn It Up—Winner
Take Me With You/Emptiness – Matt Pond Pa
Winged Painter (Rainn – Benefit) Ft. Tori Amos

Best Web Series
24HR Records—Winner
Sweet Caroline
Davey’s Diary
America In The Shadows

Focus On Art Award
Art Bastard—Winner
Evolution Devolution
Free
Winged Painter (Rainn Benefit) Ft. Tori Amos
Sideshow Of The Absurd

Ralph R. Clemente Student Short Award
The Discovery Of Allan Hindley—Winner
Greetings From Florida
The Loyalist
My Spicy Grandma
Lies Beneath The Nightshade

Best Foreign Language Short Film
Goodbye Papa—Winner
Song Of Seashore
My Father’s Eyes
Une Liberation
Horseface

Best Documentary Short Film
Ron Taylor Dr. Baseball—Winner
Son Of Mapes
Winds Of Change
The White House Overture
Teen Press

Best Animated Short Film
Golden Shot—Winner
Marcescent
Ideas That Are Grand A Broken One
Snack Time
Zodiac Run

Most Outrageous
The Bunny Hole

Orlando Film Festival Executive Director Dan Springen (left) and Senior Vice President Holley Morgan (right) present director Ken Davenport with the Most Outrageous award for "The Bunny Hole" at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

Orlando Film Festival Executive Director Dan Springen (left) and Senior Vice President Holley Morgan (right) present director Ken Davenport with the Most Outrageous award for “The Bunny Hole” at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

 

Best Short Film
Jack Is Pretty—Winner
Catching Fireflies
Indigo Grey
1954
The Melancholy Doorman
Blue Thunder

Director Jarek Zabczynski accepts the Best Short award for "Jack is Pretty" at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

Director Jarek Zabczynski accepts the Best Short award for “Jack is Pretty” at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

 

Jerry Cavallaro Independent Spirit Award
Kaijutsu

James Noir accepts the Orlando Film Festival Independent Spirit Award for "Kaijutsu" at the OFFX Awards Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

James Noir accepts the Orlando Film Festival Independent Spirit Award for “Kaijutsu” at the OFFX Awards Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

 

Best Documentary Feature
The Record Man—Winner
India’s Daughter
Sweet Blues: A Film About Mike Bloomfield
Look At Us Now Mother
Welcome To Angkar

Producer couple Debra and Mitch Egber accept the Best Documentary Feature award for "The Record Man" at the OFFX Awards Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

Producer couple Debra and Mitch Egber accept the Best Documentary Feature award for “The Record Man” at the OFFX Awards Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

 

Social Awareness Award
India’s Daughter—Winner
The Conspiracy Project
Happygram
Welcome To Angkar
Portraits Of Professional Caregivers

Best Foreign Language Feature
Si-O-Se-Pol

Most Inspirational
Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things—Winner
White House Overture
The Back Story-Changing The Lives Of Kids With Scoliosis
A Teen’s Guide To Autism

Best Screenplay
The Runaway—Winner
Honey Glue
All In Time
Counter Clockwise
Blue

Writer and director Nick DeRuve receives the Best Screenplay award for "The Runaway" at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

Writer and director Nick DeRuve receives the Best Screenplay award for “The Runaway” at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

 

Best Cinematography
Concealed—Winner
Blue
Counter Clockwise
Honey Glue
Night Eyes

"Concealed" director and producer Shane T. Hall (2nd left) and producer Lyall Sumner receive the Best Cinematography award at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

“Concealed” director and producer Shane T. Hall (2nd left) and producer Lyall Sumner receive the Best Cinematography award at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

 

Best Ensemble Cast
Actor For Hire—Winner
Haze
Natural Selection
Eating Saltines
Route 30 Three!

"Actor for Hire" stars Jesse C. Boyd (left, "The Walking Dead"), Jesse O'Neill (right), and director Marcus Mizelle accept the Best Esemble Cast award at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

“Actor for Hire” stars Jesse C. Boyd (left, “The Walking Dead”), Jesse O’Neill (right, “Ted 2”), and director Marcus Mizelle accept the Best Ensemble Cast award at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

 

Best Supporting Performance
Sean Bridgers – Blue—Winner
Willie Repoley – Quiet River
Steve Wilcox – Night Eyes
Michele Martin – Blue
Chicken – Inside Scarlett

Best Performance
Richard Hench – The Runaway—Winner
Drew Connick – Blue
Dan Zukovich – Scammerhead
Rebecca Morris – Quiet River
Adriana Mather – Honey Glue

"The Runaway" lead actor Richard Hench accepts the Best Performance award at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

“The Runaway” lead actor Richard Hench accepts the Best Performance award at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

 

Best Director
James Bird – Honey Glue—Winner
Charles Huddleston – Blue
Jay Silverman – Girl On The Edge
Shane T. Hall – Concealed

 James Bird, who has won several Orlando Film Festival awards in the past, receives the Best Director award for "Honey Glue" at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

James Bird, who has won several Orlando Film Festival awards in the past, receives the Best Director award for “Honey Glue” at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

 

Best Picture
Blue—Winner
Honey Glue
Girl On The Edge
The Runaway
Superior

Producer Karl Schaulin, lead actress Michelle Martin, director Charles Huddleston, and cinematographer Kraig Schaulin receive the Best Picture award for "Blue" at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

Producer Karl Schaulin, lead actress Michelle Martin, director Charles Huddleston, and cinematographer Kraig Schaulin receive the Best Picture award for “Blue” at the OFFX Award Ceremony Saturday. Photo: J. Willie David III/Florida National News.

 

Many of the night’s winners were not present to receive their awards, but the ones who were received their plaques in awe, excitement, and humility, dedicating their awards to the other filmmakers in the audience and the film industry itself, and thanking the Orlando Film Festival team.

 

The Future of Florida’s Indie Film Scene

Visionary filmmakers continually emerge with high quality productions each year, and the Orlando Film Festival recognizes that, having screened movies from as far away as India and Pakistan this year. “We have no cap on how many movies we screen,” Chairman and Executive Director Dan Springen told FNN News. “We select movies based on whether they have high cinematic value, so if we get three hundred-plus submissions with high cinematic value, we’re screening three hundred movies. If only a hundred [have high cinematic value], then we’ll only screen a hundred.”

Springen also explained that this tenth anniversary marks the festival’s largest turnout. The general manager for Plaza Cinema Café 12 called and congratulated him on a record-breaking year for festival attendance. Springen also shared plans to expand the festival to include art and live music performances. “I want [Orlando Film Festival] to be a festival not unlike South By Southwest.” In the very near future—next year, in fact—Springen will make OFF even more exciting for filmmakers by introducing a screenplay contest.

Despite its challenges, independent film is a mainstay, and if this year’s OFF is any indication, film lovers and filmmakers worldwide have a lot to look forward to in the future.

 

 

Mellissa Thomas is a Jamaica-born writer. She’s a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with Entertainment Business Masters and Film Bachelors degrees from Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.

She is also an author success coach, helping advisors, coaches, consultants, entrepreneurs, experts, and speakers double their income and clinch the credibility they deserve by walking them step by step through the process of developing, completing, marketing, and publishing their first book via her Inevitable AUTHORity™ Author Mentoring Program.

She has published seven books, all available on Amazon.com. Her newly released book, From a Babe 2.0, is now available on the Kindle.

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