Wow, this competition has far exceeded our expectations! The amount of excellent quality work entered shows how much talent and creativity lives in our Frontier Community.
Looking at the best entries during the judging we decided to introduce more prizes to recognise more then one winner. So on top of the ArtFest scholarship and flights, we’ll give away two Apple iPad minis to two of the runner ups.
We had outstanding industry experts from Santa Fe to look at the entries and choose the winners.
Terry Borst has worked as a professional screenwriter for more than 20 years. His screen credits include Midnight Runaround (a sequel to Midnight Run, which starred Robert De Niro); the independent film A Private War; many episodes of the popular internationally syndicated television series Bugs; and Wing Commander III and Wing Commander IV (two of the most popular video games of the late ‘90s). Borst has been commissioned to write feature-film screenplays for studios and a TV series pilot for the BBC and collaborated on the scripting and development of other AAA-level video games.
He also co-authored two books about combining classical Hollywood storytelling techniques with game development processes. Borst has taught screenwriting at UCLA, USC, and other universities before joining the Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Katelyn Peer, Program Director at Creative Santa Fe, is a graduate from The Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. At Creative Santa Fe, Peer focuses on directing the annual FANTASE Fest (a light, music, and design festival), as well as community programming initiatives such as the Santa Fe Arts + Creativity Center, and connectivity throughout the city of Santa Fe with projects such as WALK [SANTA FE]. Peer worked on the Santa Fe Studios Operations Team at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and directed The Film School’s 1st Annual Shoot the Stars project, The Boston Post. Peer’s video, The Chromatic Typewriter was featured in the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, the Outdoor Vision Festival, the Santa Fe Day at ISEA, and the Downtown Santiago, Chile Video Art Festival.
So … let’s get to the winners!
The full ArtFest scholarship with flights goes to Esteban Erazo from Quito, Ecuador. His short film ’The Invention of the Century’ has been chosen for the grand prize by the judges.
The judges thought: ‘In 26 seconds, the filmmaker showcases a unique animation look and style, slyly tips his hat to film history, and tells a complete story with humor and irony. No other film accomplished quite as much in so short a time.’
But we just can’t stop here, we decided to give an iPad mini to two other contestants. One of them goes to Can Kesim from Santa Fe, US for his amazing abstract piece ‘Flatness’.
The judges noted: ‘Outdoor Vision Fest is about in part — the play of light against the darkness. The filmmaker plays with line, geometric planes, and dimensionality in an always intriguing exercise in chiaroscuro.’
The other iPad mini goes to Laura Bianco in Milan, Italy for her beautiful short film ‘Underground’. Laura’s short was a unique blend of digital animation made with old family photos and mixed audio recordings of her relatives talking about their lives.
The judges thought: ‘A charming meditation on memory, history, and seizing the moment: a unique blending of media.’
On top of these we have a list of films that will be exhibited at the Outdoor Vision Fest on the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus on the 2nd of May 2014. Here is a ‘best of’ selection of more awesome entries and the list of works who will get to add this exhibition to their CVs.
Interstizio by Mattia Kollo
State of Mind by Trevor Giove
Light Tribe by Chris Stahelin
And the list of films goes on:
The Cairns, Smokin’ Bones, Fishman, Dot Project, and Feed Me.
Congratulations to all … until the next VisionFest competition in 2015!