Our short film showcase was a hit! Winners were announced and all the filmmakers were interviewed on Zoom. It was a wonderful community experience, which included a Q & A with each filmmaker.
Filmmaker and Honorable Mention Olia Oparina started the event with a moment of silence and a touching tribute to DP Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer of her insightful film I Am Normal, and a long-time collaborator. Hutchins was a Ukrainian cinematographer of over 30 films who was tragically killed behind the camera last year, a victim of negligent firearm management on the set. Olia attributed her own rise in filmmaking to her creative partnership with Halyna, highlighting the importance of supportive collaborations. Halyna's Hutchins’ memory will live on through her incredible films.
2nd place went to Ally May for her film The Last Picture, a reimagining of a true crime, known as the “truck stop killer.” She spoke about the importance of filmmaking as a way to process evil in the world, and to loosen its grip on us.
The 1st place audience award went to Nil Unerdem for her short Pearl in the Window, a heartwarming story of an elderly woman and her caretaker. She talked about the joy of working with actors, admiring their contribution to character development and story. Congratulations to all the filmmakers!
Short Film Showcase Full Line Up
PEARL IN THE WINDOW, by Nil Unerdem
OLD SPELLER, by Kathleen Antonia Tarr
I AM NORMAL, by Olia Oparina
THE LITTLE MASTERS, CARVED IN TIME, and HEARTBEAT ON THE STRINGS, by Nan Su
ROUNDUP, by Carolyn Scott
THE LAST PICTURE, and A DRESS FOR RACHEL, by Ally May
We would like to thank all the filmmakers for coming out and our enthusiastic audience for participating in our first Short Film Showcase. It was an evening of tears, laughter and true community supporting one another’s talents, hard work, and creative voices. We look forward to many more events to come. Great work, filmmakers!
The winners of The Short Film Showcase are:
First Place: Pearl in the Window, by Nil Unerdem
First Runner Up: The Last Picture, by Ally May
Honorable mention: I Am Normal, by Olia Oparina
Winners received digital and hard-copy laurels and certificates. All the participants also received Peet's gift cards.