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2015 SOHO FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS UP WITH A BANG

2015 SOHO FILM FESTIVAL WRAPS UP WITH A BANG

Jury of Film Industry Heavyweights Selects Top Independent Films For Star Studded Awards Night At Webster Hall

 
*Photos by Champion Hamilton

 

New York, NY (May, 2015) – This past Thursday, May 21st the SOHO International Film Festival wrapped up with an Awards Night in The Marlin Room at Webster Hall. The all-star event Presented by NY based invitation-only Social Network CARBON kicked off with Red-Carpet arrivals and music by DJ VYBE Frank Morales, with the Awards Ceremony Emcee’d by Aussie talent Drew De Carvalho along with Presenters Robert Clohessy (The Avengers) and James McCaffrey (Rescue Me, Sam) among others.

Among the many awards presented to the winning filmmakers were that of Best Showcase Feature Film, Best World Short, NYC Audience Award Feature Film, and the SIFFNYC Special Jury Award. This year’s Jury encompassed  accomplished journalists, actors, actresses, directors, writers and educators like Ernabel Demillo (Emmy Award nominated TV journalist and educator), Marci Phillips (Head of Casting for ABC Network), David Zayas (Actor- “Dexter” and “Gotham”), Donna McKenna (Casting director and Award Winning film producer),Reeves Lehman (Dir., Writer, Actor and Chair of the Film, Video, and Animation Dept. at NY’s School of Visual Arts), Melissa Lummus (Programmer at the Nashville Film Festival),Arnold Vegafria (Talent Manager/producer/advertising guru), and Greg Freedman (Corporate counsel at Milstein Brothers Capital Partners, LLC).


*Photos by Champion Hamilton

 

Prior to AND following the Awards, attendee’s were regaled with LIVE music from musicians whose songs were featured in many of the festival’s films, including Julia Weldon w. Ted Limpert (Music from the Short Film “Chupacabra”), Charlie Whitten (Music from the Short Film “Lonely Planet”), the band Parade Grounds (with music from the Short Film “Claudette”) who’s new EP will be released July 10th, Mike Cali (Music from the Feature Film “Chasing Yesterday”), and Tom Ashton (Music from the Feature Film “Enchantments”).


*Photos by Champion Hamilton

 

Major partners for this year include MongoMedia, HandHeld Films, Champion Eye Media and INRavio.com. Filmmaker Lounges thru the week were set up by Tiqo Beverage, Deryck Todd and Starbaby Enterprises with amazing desserts presented by Basket Treats by Alexis Streets. “We are extremely proud of this year’s program and humbled by the pool of talent that surrounded the festival” said Sibyl Santiago, Executive Director and Head of Programming. “This festival would not be possible without these amazing filmmakers and the support of our partners and sponsors.”  Other support were also provided by Myx, John Nacion Imaging, Balls Vodka, Caffe Palermo, Heidi’s Health Kitchen, SpaMedics by Jennifer Liberty and Sitting Cat Productions.

 *Photos by Champion Hamilton

In a night which awarded the hard work and dedication of its filmmakers, showcased the stars and music talent of those whose songs helped craft the Directors’ visions, the Awards Night Presentation brought an end to what was an exciting 2015 SOHO Film Festival!

Here’s the Full List of Nominees and Awardees for the 2015 SOHO Film Festival:

BEST SHOWCASE FEATURE FILM:

“All In Time” by Marina Donohue & Christopher Fetchko

>>>> “ALL-STARS” by Lance Kinsey — WINNER

“Frank vs. God” by Stewart Schill

“Leaving Circadia” by Evan Matthew Weinstein

“Stuck” by John Painz

“The David Dance” by April Winney

BEST WORLD SHOWCASE:

>>>>> “HIGHWAY TO DHAMPUS” (Nepal) by Rick McFarland — WINNER

“Kauboji (Cowboys)” (Croatia) by Tomislav Mrsic

“Teenkahon” (India) by Bauddhayan Mukherji

“With Child” (Canada) by Titus Heckel

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BEST SHOWCASE SHORT FILM:

“A Policy of Truth” by Nick Demos

“August Heat” by Matthew James Thompson

“Chupacabra” by Jenny Joslin and Annette Mia Flores

“February” by Jessi Shuttleworth

“Grace” by Marisa Vitali

“Mother’s Day” by Nico Raineau

>>>> “STEALTH” by Melissa Hoppe – WINNER

“The Bridge Partner” by Gabriel Olson

“The Little Violinist’ by Yang Wang

“The Man From The City’ by Elias Plagianos

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BEST WORLD SHORT:

>>>>> “HANGRY” (Australia) by Sophie O’Connor — WINNER

“Lonely Panet” (US/Spain) by Alex Burunova

“Neonlichter” (Austria) by Barbara Muller

“Sick To My Bones” (UK) by Guy Davies & Matthew Leonhart

“The Crossing” (UK) by Nathalie Biancheri

“Trio” (South Korea) by Youn Jee Choi

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BEST DOCUMENTARY:

>>>>> “BECOMING BULLETPROOF” by Michael Barnett — WINNER

“In An Ideal World” by Noel Schwerin

“Mount Lawrence” by Chandler Wild

“Trichster” by Jillian Corsie

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NYC AUDIENCE AWARD FEATURE FILM:

>>>>> “ALL IN TIME” (US) by Marina Donohue & Christopher Fetchko — WINNER

“Kill Me Deadly” (US) by Darrett Sanders

“The Networker” (US) by John Gallagher

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NYC AUDIENCE AWARD SHORT FILM:

“Dirty Laundry Day” by Jamil Laham (US)

“Grace” by Chris Ordal (US)

>>>>> “NANDO” (Italy) by Marco Gozzo — WINNER

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SIFFNYC SPECIAL JURY AWARD:

>>>>> “MUTED” by Rachel Goldberg — WINNER

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SIFFNYC BEST ACTING PERFORMANCE FEATURE FILM:

>>>>> CHANDRA WILSON, “Muted” — WINNER

John Painz, “Stuck” (US)

Nadine Nicole Heimann, “Lonely Planet” (US/Spain)

Nora Aunor, “Dementia” (Philippines)

…presented by Balls Vodka

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SIFFNYC RISING STAR AWARD:

>>>>> KRISTINA HERNANDEZ, “Stealth” — WINNER

…presented by “The Cannoli King”, Caffe Palermo

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CARBON AWARD FOR MOST CREATIVE FILMMAKER

US FEATURE FILM:

>> JOHN PAINZ, “Stuck” — WINNER

For more information on the SOHO International Film Festival, please visit

www.SohoFilmFest.com or follow the festival on Twitter @SohoFilmFest or Facebook.com/SohoFilmFest

About the SOHO International Film Festival:

The SOHO International Film Festival, which proudly carries the “Made in NY” logo from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Television and Broadcasting is a vehicle to help the economy of the city, enhancing the festival’s sense of pride while boosting filmmaking and tourism in the Big Apple. They are dedicated to celebrating the art of long and short form cinema created from the latest digital technology while still embracing the original goal ‐ incredible storytelling. Founded in the epicenter of New York’s most artistic district, by Jorge Ballos in 2009, the festival is has provided a unique and powerful platform for filmmakers to gain exposure and potential distribution. SIFFNYC is committed to exhibiting domestic and international films, focusing on dynamic, visionary cinema that creates extraordinary experiences.

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