Silicon Beach Film Festival Awards and Screens Over One Hundred and Thirty Films
May 19, 2017 (datsyn.com) – The second annual Silicon Beach Film Festival (SBFF) celebrated itself and the festival’s award winners with its awards night at Hal’s Bar & Grill at the Runway at the heart of LA’s Silicon Beach. The festival ran for seven days and screened over one hundred and thirty films at its main venue, the Cinemark 18 XD at the Howard Hughes Promenade (now known as HHLA). The festival, dubbed LA’s SXSW for the digital, tech and film scene, featured independent films from all over the world, including shorts, documentaries and narrative features as well as red carpet premiers and education panels co-sponsored by The Venice Media District for film, tech, and media.
The Silicon Beach Film Festival brings together technology and filmmakers in a unique manner with an interactive and intimate experience for filmmakers to monetize their films. SBFF is the first film festival to use starlenz, an Augmented Reality Celebrity Interaction app.
The Festival in conjunction with the Playa Vista Film Festival began with its opening night party at the Runway Playa Vista, attended by major players in AR/VR, as well as Hollywood Celebrities and executives. Screenings started the next day and continued through the 28th.
The Silicon Beach Film Festival and Playa Vista Film Festivals both serve as gathering places for filmmakers, artists, innovators, and the global creative community. Additionally, they provided a venue for independent films to gain exposure by having the opportunity to be shown on the big screen. Through programs that embrace storytelling in all of its expansive forms, from film and music to online work, these film festivals celebrate the cinematic experience. These film festivals support emerging and established voices, discover award-winning filmmakers, both experienced and up-and-coming alike, curate innovative and interactive experiences, and introduce new technology and ideas. Silicon Beach is home to tech giants like Google, YouTube, Snapchat, as well as home to large film studios in the nearby area.
Movies included star-laden films featuring talent such as Oscar winner JK Simmons, as well as movies shot on an iPhone. (A list of all the festival award-winners follows.) The festival team, led by Jon Gursha as Festival Director, Peter Greene as Festival Programmer, and Sandie West as Festival Producer in charge of Promotion and Social Media, is proud that they put together a festival to represent such a vibrant area. The festival is managed and run by the same organization behind The Marina Del Rey Film Festival and Culver City Film Festival, which will take place again later this year. Submissions are now open for both the Marina del Rey Film Festival (taking place in October 2017) and the Culver City Film Festival (running in December 2017).
Here’s a list of the Silicon Beach Film Festival award-winning films:
BEST FEATURE – BLUE LINE STATION
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – THE TASTE OF SALT
BEST SHORT SCREENPLAY – SWEET MADDIE STONE
MOST INSPIRATIONAL FILM – STRAIGHT FROM THE PEN
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – SPAGHETTI ROMANCE
BEST SHORT THRILLER – LOST GIRLS
BEST HORROR SHORT – EXSPIRAVIT
BEST SOUND DESIGN – FACE OF EVIL
HUMANITARIAN AWARD – WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE DO
AUDIENCE AWARD SHORT FILM – SISTERS
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST – SEPULVEDA
AUDIENCE AWARD DOCUMENTARY – IT’S A ROCKABILLY WORLD
BEST DOCUMENTARY – PELL
BEST HORROR FILM – OCCUPANTS
MOST INSPIRATIONAL SHORT FILM – MUÑECAS
BEST COMEDY FEATURE – THE MERRY MAIDS OF MADNESS
BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY – MATTHEW
SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD – THE LAST REVOLUTIONARY
BEST SHORT NARRATIVE – HURT
BEST FAMILY FILM – FREESTYLE
BEST SPORTS FILM – FROM FOOTI TO VERDI
BEST ANIMATION – FOLLOW YOUR HEART
BEST MUSIC – BILL EVANS: TIME REMEMBERED
BEST SHORT MYSTERY – A SINGULARITY
BEST SHORT DRAMA – BLACK EYED SUSAN
BEST SHORT COMEDY – JENN-TRIFICATION
BEST ACTING – ALL NIGHTER
BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM – FAREWELL
BEST WEB PILOT – MARINHO
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY – EERO SAARINEN:
THE ARCHITECT WHO SAW THE FUTURE
The Silicon Beach Film Festival has Sandie West as producer, Peter Greene as Festival Programmer, Jon Gursha as Director and Eric Vollweiler as Production Manager and Marketing Consultant. The festival offers a major screening venue and platform for local and international independent films. It is run and managed by the same organization that powers the Playa Vista, the Marina Del Rey, the Culver City Film Festival and Film Trailer Festival.
Silicon Beach Film Festival originated from the dedicated efforts of Peter Greene and Jon Gursha, who created the Culver City Playa Vista, Marina del Rey Film Festivals.