We plan to hold FILA 2020 rain or shine. Our theater is quite small, but we will decide exactly what to do based upon what is happening in early-June. We may be able to go about business as usual with audiences or we may have to hold screenings, record Q&A’s, and present awards with only the filmmakers in attendance. Whether our 2020 screenings include the public or not,, there will be a FILA 2020.
Every year FILA has four deadlines. Why? Withoutabox basically demanded it and even though they are no longer with us the four deadlines remain. THIS SATURDAY is deadline 3 of 4. We are one month away from our final deadline. After March 15 we will no longer be accepting films, videos and scripts.
We are proud to announce the Grand Jury Prize winners for the 2019 festival!
Grand Jury Prize Winners
Best Feature Film – Groupers
Best Short Film – Drama – The Wind Phone
Best Short Film – Comedy – Beach Day
Best Short Film – Horror – Nocturne
Best Documentary Film – Suffer For Good
Music Video – I Could Have Died
Best Director, Feature Film – Anderson Cowan, Groupers
Best Director, Short Film – DAVI.IN, Dream/Life
Best Actress in a Lead Role – Nicole Dambro, Groupers
Best Actor in a Lead Role – Elliott Kashner, The Last of the Manson Girls
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Jenna Curtis, The Man and Mel
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Cameron Duckett, Groupers
Best Performance by a Full Cast – The Wind Phone
Best Screenplay – Kristen Gerweck, The Wind Phone
Outstanding Cinematography – Jon Keng, The Wind Phone
Best Art Direction – Alex Dixon, Beast
Best Screenplay (Unproduced) –
Rube by Dan O’Brien
Run! Run! Run! – The Lives of Abbie Hoffman by Michael J. Shapiro
Stuck by Rich Van Tine
We are proud to announce the following award winners for the 2019 festival!
Filmmakers Award Winners
Outstanding Short Films – Dream/Life, Shanghai Sole
Outstanding Directors – Kristen Gerweck, The Wind Phone; Mike Trainotti, Nocturne
Outstanding Screenplay – DAVI.IN, Dream/Life; Laura Holliday, Girl Friend
Outstanding Acting, Cast – Lemon, The Man and Mel
Outstanding Acting, Individual – Megumi Kabe, The Wind Phone; T’ai Hartley, The Man and Mel
Outstanding Cinematography – Justyn Moro, Lemon
Filmmakers Awards – given only to short films, these are determined by a panel of fifteen filmmakers whose films have been Official Selections previous years.
A message from FILA programmer Jeff Howard:
Every year it’s a challenge for us to look at the jury votes and hand out awards. Invariably, I see some things that bother me. This is especially because I watch every film a second time with an audience at the festival, while the majority of the jury members do not. In 2019, I was very happy with the award winners but I noticed two things. One, the wonderful How To Get A Boyfriend was a runner up in several categories including writing, directing, and acting. I get it; it’s a dark comedy steps across the line and slips into gore. Not for everyone but it’s GREAT. Programmer’s Prize to the rescue. Two, the remarkable film The Man and Mel only won awards for its actors. That’s another thing I couldn’t let happen. The Man and Mel is wonderfully written, artfully directed, and beautifully shot. So it gets a Programmer’s Prize, too.
Which screening is most interesting to you? All of them? Then get a pass to entire festival!
Click any program for tickets.
Program 1 – Originality Spotlight: Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m.
Three short films that highlight the originality and creativity of independent filmmaking.
Program 2 – Empowerment Spotlight: Friday, June 7, at 8:30 p.m.
Three films featuring lead female characters who find the power to overcome anything that stands in their way.
Program 3 – Documentary Spotlight: Friday, June 7, at 10 p.m.
Two documentaries revealing insights on topics ranging from UFC training to law enforcement to Olympic boxing.
Program 4 – Suspense Spotlight: Saturday, June 8, at 6 p.m.
Four short films that keep you on the edge of your seat.
Program 5 – Cutting Edge Spotlight: Saturday, June 8, at 8 p.m.
Four short films with a unique perspectives on comedy, drama, and the supernatural.
Program 6 – Kidnapping Spotlight – Groupers: Saturday, June 8, at 10 p.m.
A feature film about a grad student who kidnaps and runs an experiment on two bullies to cure their homophobia.
Program 7 – Radical Spotlight: The Last Of The Manson Girls. Sunday, June 9, at Noon
A feature film that takes on the Manson Family with an entirely new twist, preceded by a touching documentary short.
Program 8 – Danger Spotlight: Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m.
Five short films, from horror to tragedy to comedy, that approach dangerous situations in completely original ways.
Program 9 – Confrontation Spotlight: Sunday, June 9, at 4 p.m
Four short films whose heroes confront challenges from a bathroom in China to the meaning of life.
Get a look at all the films we are screening from June 7 – 9.
Program 1 – Originality Spotlight
Friday, June 7, 7 PM
Everything is Temp
Mr. Throw ‘Em Down The Stairs
Program 2 – Empowerment Spotlight
Friday, June 7, 8:30 PM
How To Get A Boyfriend
Program 3 – Documentary Spotlight
Friday, June 7, 10 PM
The Sweetest Land (Trailer)
Suffer for Good
Program 4 – Suspense Spotlight
Saturday, June 8, 6 PM
She & Her
Program 5 – Cutting Edge Spotlight
Saturday, June 8, 8 PM
The Man and Mel
Program 6 – Kidnapping Spotlight
Saturday, June 8, 10 PM
Program 7 – Revolutionary Spotlight
Sunday, June 9, 12 PM
Radical Acts Of Love (Trailer)
The Last of the Manson Girls
Program 8 – Danger Spotlight
Sunday, June 9, 2 PM
I Could Have Died
The Wind Phone
FILA Screenplay Awards
Program 9 – Confrontation Spotlight
Sunday, June 9, 4 PM
Below… the 8’x10′ banner that will be on the side of the theater!
2019 Official Selection: Narrative Short Film
After her date night goes bust, Erin must contend with an unexpected visitor at the door.
Director: Michael Trainotti
Writer(s): Michael Trainotti
Producer(s): Michael & Maureen Trainotti, Brian Palatucci, Clark D. Schaefer, Grant Housley, Rick Jones, Craig Davis, Kathleen Markel
Cast: Sabrina Howells, Brian Palatucci, Megan Rach