SFS Shorts Film Festival
13th Annual SFS Shorts Film Festival
Give us the weekend and we’ll entertain you!
The Sedona Film School (SFS) will be hosting the 13th Annual SFS Shorts Film Festival this month. The festival is held over Memorial Day weekend, May 24 – 26, 2013, and will feature nearly 50 short films. All graduates of the SFS Class of 2013 will screen their thesis films and participate in Q&A following the screenings. The festival will also proudly present the winners of the SFS High School Film Competition, brand new alumni film projects and a feature film special presentation on Saturday evening.
The SFS thesis films range from a superhero that has to go into therapy to a documentary about the red sea urchin business off the coast of California. There is truly something for everyone!
Sunday morning at 10:00 am there will be a special presentation of “Forgotten Fur” a film dedicated to homeless pets everywhere. The screening is hosted by Red Rose Inspiration for Animals and they will be offering special spay and neuter deals if you bring your screening pass in with your pet, after the festival. The screening will be followed by Q&A with filmmaker and Pet-a-palooza founder, Joe Sowerby.
The awards ceremony will be held on Sunday afternoon. The winner of the High School Film Competition will be awarded a full, in-state scholarship to SFS. The peer-judged awards for “best of” in several categories will be handed out and the audience ballots will be carefully counted all weekend to discover the winner of the coveted Audience Choice Award.
The 2nd Annual Career & Gear Fair will kick off the festival on Friday night, 5-9 pm at the film school. A variety of equipment vendors, local television stations, film production companies and even SAG-AFTRA representatives will be on hand to talk to attendees. There will be raffle prizes all evening. Admission is $5 and raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.
Passes will go on sale May 1, 2013. A one-day pass will be $10, a two-day pass will be $15 and a weekend pass (which includes the Career & Gear Fair and FREE popcorn all weekend) will be $25. All events and screenings will be held at 4215 Arts Village Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336. Call 928-649-4257 for more information.
Announcing the 2012 Winners!
LAST YEAR’S SFS PINNACLE AWARDS
Student balloting during the final in-class screening, earlier this month, decides the SFS Pinnacle awards. These awards are given to the student by their peers.
Jeff Wood, Dinner at Alex & Kate’s
Ben Fama Jr., A Virus Called Fear
Best Production Design – Sponsored by Linda Goldenstein of Goldenstein Gallery
Jake Zetter, DEAD WEST
Best Sound Design/Music
Jason Downer, DEAD WEST
Rob Burson, Hard Luck & Redemption
Alena Jutilla, Resurgence
Best Cinematography – Sponsored by Roy & Michelle Grimm, Buye’s Broker Group Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty
Adam R. Cook (SFS Alumnus), DEAD WEST
Best Director in the Narrative Film Category
Aaron Bachmeier, Hard Luck & Redemption
Best Director in the Documentary Film Category
Ben Fama Jr., A Virus Called Fear
Best Picture – Sponsored by the Sedona Film Office
Taylor Camarot, DEAD WEST
Most Spirited Filmmaker
(Handblown glass Purple Pear by Tracy Weisel from Raku)
This award goes to a student, selected by his or her classmates, that always pitches in and supports the filmmaking efforts of others. This year’s class was remarkably supportive of each other, in general, so I think the students may have had trouble picking just one—but this year’s recipient of the Most Spirited Filmmaker is -