Showing posts with label sundance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sundance. Show all posts

Delta Airlines Announces Their 2nd In Flight Movie Competition Winner

This is the second year that Delta Airlines has had an in flight move competition. (To read my post about last year's winner, go here.) This year's winner was announced at Park City, Utah during the 2008 Sundance film festival.

Vancouver filmmaker Robert Kirbyson was awarded the top prize for his film "Ctrl Z."(which starts Tony hale of Arrested Development fame). In addition to the trip to Sundance, Kirbyson receives a $10,000 cash award and a pair of round-trip tickets valid anywhere Delta flies worldwide.


All five finalists received a trip to Park City, Utah, the site of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, to attend the celebratory party - courtesy of Delta. The winning film was chosen from five films through audience balloting at delta.com and on Delta on Demand from Dec. 3, 2007 - Jan. 15, 2008.


Above: Actress Cheryl Hines Hosts Celebratory Party at SKY360 by Delta in Park City for Vancouver Filmmaker, Robert Kirbyson, during 2008 Sundance Film Festival

This year, nearly 150,000 passengers viewed the five finalist films in-flight on Delta on Demand, with an additional 200,000 viewings taking place at delta.com.

The four other finalist films included:


-- Slow" by Kurt Kuenne: a depiction of a traffic safety worker who is accidentally caught in the background of a newspaper photo drastically changing his life forever.


-- "Tales of a Mere Existence: Conversation" by Levni Yilmaz: how a simple trip to the video store can bring up everything that's wrong with your relationship.


-- "T'is the Season" by Bob Giovanelli: when a little girl goes to see Santa Claus, she is disappointed to find he is on a break. Fortunately for her, she stumbles on a somewhat unorthodox replacement.


-- "Morning Fall" by Edward McGinty: a mysterious man wakes up on the side of the road, injured and confused; Who is he? Where does he come from? And where will he end up when he can't find his way home?

See all the finalist's movies here.


Be sure to see last year's winning entry, High Maintenance (which was great) here.

2007 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS!



So, after a long and competitive festival,
The Sundance Film Festival of 07
breaks records with sales to the motion picture industry.

Why?

Because there were so many excellent entries.

And, because I have this long complicated theory as to how the internet and streaming video sites like You Tube, Revver, Greenimation etc. have created a climate that's receptive to indie films as having commercial potential. But more on that some other time.

I was up late last night watching the Dailies on the Sundance Channel as they ended the 10 day event and had the good fortune to get glimpses of many, if not all of the following award winning entries.

It's really a banner year.

So, give it up for the following 2007 Sundance Award Winners:



Grand Jury Prize: Documentary
MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET)
Jason Kohn, director

Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic
PADRE NUESTRO
Christopher Zalla, writer/director

Audience Award: Documentary
HEAR AND NOW
Irene Taylor Brodsky, writer/director

Audience Award: Dramatic
GRACE IS GONE
James C. Strouse, writer/director

Directing Award: Documentary
Sean Fine & Andrea Nix Fine
WAR/DANCE

Directing Award: Dramatic
Jeffrey Blitz
ROCKET SCIENCE

World Cinema Jury Prize: Documentary
ENEMIES OF HAPPINESS
Eva Mulvad & Anja Al Erhayem, directors

World Cinema Jury Prize: Dramatic
SWEET MUD
Dror Shaul, writer/director

World Cinema Audience Award: Documentary
IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON
David Sington, director

World Cinema Audience Award: Dramatic
ONCE
John Carney, writer/director

Excellence In Cinematography Award:
Documentary
Heloisa Passos
MANDA BALA (SEND A BULLET)

Excellence In Cinematography Award:
Dramatic
Benoit Debie
JOSHUA

Documentary Editing Award
Hibah Sherif Frisina, Charlton McMillian
& Michael Schweitzer
NANKING

Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award
James C. Strouse, writer/director
GRACE IS GONE

Special Jury Prize Documentary
NO END IN SIGHT
Charles Ferguson, director



Special Jury Prize for Acting
(Split)
Jess Weixler
TEETH
Tamara Podemski
FOUR SHEETS TO THE WIND

Special Jury Prize For Singularity Of Vision
Chris Smith, director
THE POOL

Special Jury Prize World Cinema:
Documentary
HOT HOUSE
Shimon Dotan, director

Special Jury Prize World Cinema:
Dramatic
THE LEGACY
Gela Babluani & Temur Babluani

Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking
EVERYTHING WILL BE OK
Don Hertzfeldt, director

Jury Prize in International
Short Filmmaking
THE TUBE WITH A HAT
Radu Jude, director

Honorable Mention In Short Filmmaking
DEATH TO THE TINMAN
Ray Tintori, director
THE FIGHTING CHOLITAS

Mariam Jobrani, director
MEN UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER BETTER
Marjan Alizadeh, director
MOTODROM
Joerg Wagner, director
SPITFIRE 944
William Lorton, director
T.O.M.
Tom Brown & Daniel Gray, directors



C'mon people, it's only a dollar.