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Interviews and Review Links can be found HERE!
WINNERS AND FINALISTS BELOW:
BEST IN SHOW
WINNER: Resurrection Time Conspiracy | Written by Jim Carroll
BEST FEATURE FINALISTS
WINNER: The Meanest Man in Texas | Director Justin Ward
Created Equal | Director Bill Duke
Artifice | Director Steven Doxey
Silverfish | Director Matthew Thornton
Darcy | Directors Heidi Philipsen & Jon Russell Cring
BEST DIRECTOR FINALISTS
WINNER: Created Equal | Director Bill Duke
Glass Ceiling | Director Tash Ann
Mechanism of Life | Director Aleksey Smirnov
The Meanest Man in Texas | Director Justin Ward
Darcy | Directors Heidi Philipsen & Jon Russell Cring
BEST SHORT FINALISTS
WINNER: The Man Up The Stairs | Director Rebecca Gosnell
It’s Within | Director Manu
Taste | Director Jay Palmieri Jr.
Sprinkles | Director Roger A. Scheck
The Eve | Director Luca Machnich
It’s Getting Darker Everyday | Director Natalie MacMahon
BEST MICRO SHORT Winner
WINNER: Neglect | Director Olivia Rose Wallace
BEST MUSIC VIDEO
WINNER: Delightful | Performer Katie Garibaldi | Director Anna Haas
BEST VISUAL FX
WINNER: Mechanism of Life | Director Aleksey Smirnov
BEST SCORE WINNER
WINNER: Artifice | Composer Christopher Doucet
WINNER: Silverfish | Rachelle Grossman
WINNER: The Meanest Man in Texas, Mateus Ward
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
WINNER: The Meanest Man in Texas, Jamie McShane
WINNER: The Eve | Director Luca Machnich
BEST SCREENPLAY LONG FORM FINALISTS
WINNER: The God Particle: Resurrection by Tom Rico
The Wonderful by Demitra Papadinis
Amber’s Alert by Thada Catalon
The First Time for Penny by Janice Walker
Diminuendo by Paul Gross
In Wonderland by Summer Starrs
Hostage: The True Story of a Kidnapping by Slavica Bogdanov
A Tempest in Texas by Larry Landgraf
Resurrection Time Conspiracy by James Carroll
The Salt Box by Roger J. Rogers
BEST SCREENPLAY SHORT FORM
WINNER: Girl in the Painting by Scott Williamson
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We went big in 2016 and ultimately combined two seasons into one. The celebration of movies, screenplays and awards is below.
The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards Season 9, was an absolute pleasure to judge, with some wonderful and entertaining films and scripts to sift through. It wasn't an easy job trying to pick winners from this batch, but we somehow managed.
There were six categories altogether, with one for Best Screenplay
Movie Finalists Official Selections (click for reviews)
Two of Hearts Hibernation The Fourth Night Northern Lights The Power of Jasmine Luther’s Gang
2016 Awards (click on an image for a larger view)!
The first category was won by Cynthia Rabinaico's Back Alley Bulls. Bulls was professionally shot and executed, with extremely good sound. Where many low-budget films fail, Back Alley Bulls' succeeds, thanks to the care that's gone into the tech side of things. We're given an entertaining story and interesting characters that we can root for. A deserved win. Read full review and view award here.
Noces de Rose is from Director Jeremy Circus, and this charming short film was a delight to watch. It tells the sad tale of a man who loses his wife to poisonous roses. Now widowed, he decides to take his wrath out on the roses. While the film itself is fairly simple, the choreography and musical talent on display lifted this one above the rest. Extremely entertaining.
From the talented Tom Rico comes Northern Lights, an apocalyptic tale with viral infections and aliens. Tom Rico's trailer packs quite a punch. It features fantastic special effects, with nice production values. We bounce around the world in this tale that spans over four decades, as we watch the world being thrown into chaos. Chuck Powers acts as EP. (see interview below)
Electric Faces takes this next category. Set in a future Glasgow, Johnny Herbin's sci-fi-crime yarn, Electric Faces, follows the exploits of Tom (Euan Bennet), a desperate ex-junkie who's looking to score some quick money. Exactly why Tom needs the money is revealed over the course of the 11-minute runtime, using some clever, measured pacing. The short was well shot and edited, and the entire production really stood out. An exemplary example of the genre.
From Italian documentary filmmaker Michelangelo Torres comes the enchanting One Day with a Tattoo Artist with Simona Ercole acting as the artistic muse and narrator. Simona explains her passion for tattooing and how she only works with vegan ink. The documentary has been beautifully shot in black and white, as Torres demonstrated to us that he has a wonderful eye for composition. A stunning looking piece of film. You can watch the film here.
This one really was a close call thanks to the high standard of each entry. After demonstrating that she can create and helm such an entertaining film with a very low budget, Director Cynthia Rabinaico has well earned this award. Read full review and view award here.
Northern Lights by Tom Rico. Tom has fast become one of the top ten emerging screenwriters, and is someone to watch out for. Tom shows a great deal of skill and talent in his writing, and one hopes to see a lot more of his work in the coming months. (see interview below)
After winning in two categories, screenwriter-filmmaker Tom Rico answered some questions for us.
How did you get into the movie business?
Tom: Purely by accident I always wanted to write, but for many years was too busy raising a family. I didn't think It was a real possibility to be taken seriously until I wrote the Novel for Northern Lights, and It started winning awards. A friend of mine in the business convinced me that I should turn it into a screenplay and submit it to the festivals. I knew nothing about writing a screenplay, but studied hard and read many award-winning screenplays to learn how to do it right. About the same time I met Chuck Powers from Black Rock Entertainment who also believed in me and supported the project. He also was the one that produced the trailer. When it won its first award at the Galactic film festival in Hollywood I was completely shocked, but the feeling of accomplishment you get from something like that is infectious. For the first time I really felt that it wasn't such a long-shot dream to have it made into a movie. Now Northern Lights has 27 Nominations and selections at various film festivals around the world with 11 wins to date and there is no stopping me now. The sequel The God Particle-Resurrection is complete and will hit the festival circuit this spring. My feeling now is "I didn't come this far, to only come this far."
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Well, I think Inspiration is sort of 2-fold, there is the inspiration you get from your peers in the business, and the support you get from family and friends that help to inspire you. I'm a very lucky man to have a wife, family and friends that see how happy this work makes me and they are so supportive of me to follow my dreams -- part of me feels like if I gave up I would be letting them down as well as myself. As far as inspiration from people in the business I have always been a fan of writers like Stephen King, and directors like Stephen Spielberg. The work they do is awesome and entertaining, but it wasn't until I started doing it myself that I realized how much time and effort go into a project. It has given me an even greater respect for those people who can devote up to a year of their lives to create a 2-hour movie. The dedication is amazing!.
How did you come up with the idea for Northern Lights?
I actually started writing Northern Lights in 2010 after seeing a YouTube video of a corkscrew spiral Laser in the sky in Norway on December 9 2009. (Watch it here) It was seen for hundreds of miles and was speculated to be some type of government testing. I've also always been fascinated by the science and physics that create the Aurora Borealis. So being a huge fan of science-fiction movies, I thought it would be so cool to combine the Northern Lights, with science fiction and tell a tale of the two, throw in an alien invasion and you got gold. I've spent the last 6 years developing the project to the point where Northern Lights is now, where The God Particle is going and where the trilogy will end up. I don't want to give too much away about The God Particle and the trilogy, but the original speculation of the government testing in Norway coupled with the title of the sequel should give you a good idea.
What's next for you and your team?
Next we shoot the trailer for The God Particle Resurrection and start pitching the product to major motion picture studios. I really do think we have a winner here. I would love for Northern Lights to go down in history as a SciFi classic!!
Thank you, Tom Rico
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Me-Udo, Jeremy JP Fekete (Best Documentary)
Headsome, Pavel Nikolajev (Best Feature Film)
Puncture, Edward Lyons
A Little Bit Country, Cat Cooper
Street Files, Christopher Richardson
Akhira: Day of Judgement, Will Myrick
Danger, Dames and Dangerous games
OC/DC, New Verb
Black and White Lines, Darren L. Downs
Jonah, Kirill Modylevskiy
Risky Business: A Look Inside America’s Adult Film Industry, David Mech
Seventeen Hours In, Ivo Raza
Black and White Lines
Rocky Mountain Experience: Bull Riding, Rick Higgins
The One Dollar Movie, Giorgio Caridi
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Audience Choice: Retrocognition, Eric Patrick
Best Feature: The Empty, Ben Struble
Web Series: Exchanging Confidences, Silvio Ncucchi
Jury Award: Retrocognition, Eric Patrick
Archie the Cockfighter, Jeremy Pion-Berlin
Dick Punch, David Rutta
Dissent, Giorgio Blasi
LA Aboriginal, Daniel Lir
New Eden, Brett Snelgrove
Trauma Team, Josh Roth
Haunting Love, Haoran Wang
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Sex, Blood and Fairy Tales
A Box for Rob (Best Feature Film)
Time Travelers, Episode 4
Be Forever Now
DEALeR (Audience Choice)
Living with Frankenstein (Best Web Series)
Boyz, Girz & Spakz
The Woodne Koru
Evenings with Ray
Not Suitable for Children
Proposition (Best Short Film)
Working Class Nightmare
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The Mel Klein Diaries, Best Screenplay
One Night, Best Short
Almost Invisible, Best Feature
If I had a Balloon, Best Documentary
SCREENPLAYS SPOTLIGHT WINNERS
The Missing Dead
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Asylum Seekers (Best Feature)
Dark Chocolate (Best Short)
Bakker’s Dozen (Best Screenplay)
Certain Adverse Events (Best Documentary)
August Sweeney: The Monster Barber of Harlem (screenplay)
Chasing Steven Spielberg (screenplay)
Quickie All Night (screenplay)
Loss of Innocence (screenplay)
Finding George (screenplay)
The Last Musketeer
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Awaiting Her, Best Short
Albatrocity, Best Documentary
Tristan and Iseult, Best Screenplay
Live My Life (music video)
Good Cop, (Blank) Cop
A Native Dawn (Screenplay)
Key Bridge (Screenplay)
Ronnie Gold’s Fight Team
There are no Superheroes (screenplay)
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A Lonely Place for Dying (Best Feature)
A Girl Like You with a Boy Like Me (Best Short)
Privilege (Best Screenplay)
I Like You
Ecoplaza Paradise Oasis
Exodus Fall (Honorable Mention Feature)
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Apples and Oranges (Best Feature)
Four Cups of Joe (Best Short)
Taboo: More than Just Friends (Best Screenplay)
Gus: An American Icon
Take my Life
The Marked Man
Valley of the Spirits (screenplay)
[tabby title="Awards History"]
INFLUX Magazine has long supported and championed independent film. The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards has been an ever-evolving process. We began as the lead partner of the SoCal Film Market which later became FlipsideTV. Ultimately, we branched off and turned to our own event, which was first called INFLUXPalooza and ultiamtely, now the INFLUX Magazine Film Awards. We have additionally supported, attended and participated in numerous festivals throughout our 20-year publishing history.