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Inaugural WideScreen Film and Music Video Festival Deemed a Huge Success!
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Mar 13, 2015 - 1:51:43 PM

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Some of the winners gather for a photo.

History was made at the AMC Aventura 24 Theaters in Aventura, Florida when Bahamian filmmaker Jarrod Knowles and his team pulled off a highly successful 1st annual WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival held from February 27 through March 3, 2015.

"Through this process, I learned that nothing is impossible" said the young founder who resides in Florida. "When God inspired the idea within me last October I had no idea what to do with a 'Festival.' So many questions and concerns ran through my head, but I took a leap of faith and I am proud to see so many filmmakers / artists evolve into award-winning caliber artists. We saw 320+ submissions from over 29 Countries. I am glad that so many took time out of their schedules and attended #WSF. It was a pleasure to accommodate you."

The filmmaker thanked his sponsors: FilmFreeway, TheBahamasWeekly.com, Equity Bahamas Ltd, Big Head Awards, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, and Gallery Art.

The awards were handed out on March 1st and the judges were:
Adele Zin; Carlos Acevedo; Dave Jia; Ellen Jacoby; Diana S. Rice; Evan Burr; Carole Wood; Justin Harris; Karen Donohue; Mahmoud Shoulizadeh; Masha Silberberg; Tamara Moore-White; Stephen Sorace; and Reginald Pierre-Louis.

Trophies were provided by Big Head Awards, Inc. and the following are the results:

Judge Awards:

1) Best Cinematography

a) Feature Film - BROKEN BLOOD (DEREK WAYNE JOHNSON)

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASGecn37_cM

 

b) Short Narrative Film - HELIO (TEDDY CECIL)

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha6LFX8SOg8

 

c) Music Video - JUST LIKE FRANKENSTEIN (PRUS)

Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwEMqxbYAm0

 

2) Best Actor

a) Feature Film - HOUSE OF MANSON (RYAN KISER)

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3pbuWut0fk

 

b) Short Narrative Film - PROXIMITY (TODD BRUNO)

Full Film:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J2AhMZ7wdQ

   

3) Best Actress

a) Feature Film - THE SHIFT (CASEY FITZGERALD)

Trailer:http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2450629913/

 

b) Short Narrative Film - PASSAGE (DANA FERGUSON)

Trailer:https://vimeo.com/61388042

 
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4) Best Director

a) Feature Film - DANCIN' ITS ON (DAVID WINTERS)

Trailer:https://vimeo.com/108700080

 

b) Short Narrative Film - IF THE TREES COULD TALK (MICHAEL WEINSTEIN)

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPIo6E_UQj8

 

c) Music Video - TAKE ME AWAY (ANTHONY VELAZQUEZ)

Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2_ZJW6jTlg


5) Best Music Score

a) Feature Film - DANCIN' ITS ON

Trailer:https://vimeo.com/108700080

 

b) Short Narrative Film - PRELUDE TO AXANAR (ALEX B)

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh4JbLhH_8w

 

6) Best Screenplay

a) Feature Film - THE LIFE EXCHANGE (JEROME-ANTHONY LARKIN)

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiEGy8a1TZo

 

b) Short Narrative Film - WHEN YOU FADE (ANDRES ROVIRA)

Trailer:https://vimeo.com/57109886

 

7) Best Editing

a) Feature Film - DANCIN' ITS ON (ALAN ROBERTS)

Trailer:https://vimeo.com/108700080

 

b) Short Narrative Film: EMOTIONAL DIMENSIONS OF THE JAMES RIVER (MICHELLE MARQUEZ)

Trailer:https://vimeo.com/116369744

 

c) Music Video - YOUR DIRECTION (LAUREN BRADY)

Video Teaser:https://vimeo.com/86721273

 
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Bahamian filmmaker and founder of Widescreen Film & Music Video Festival Jarrod Knowles gives remarks at the awards presentation. Trophies were provided by Big Head Awards, Inc.

8) Best Sound Design

a) Feature Film - BEWARE (JASON DALY)

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc6-T0jq4q8

 

b) Short Narrative Film: WONDER WOMAN FAN FILM (JESSE JOHNSON)

Trailer:https://vimeo.com/60594348

   

9) Best Feature

THE SHIFT

Trailer:http://www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi2450629913/

   

10) Best Narrative Short

IF THE TREES COULD TALK

Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPIo6E_UQj8

 

11) Best Documentary

THE GIOVANNI GUGLIELMO STORY (JOHN MURPHY, MICHAEL A. GUGLIELMO)

Full Documentary:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZ9FZ9mr89w

 
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12) Best Animation

THE LOOKING PLANET (ERIC LAW ANDERSON)

Trailer:https://vimeo.com/107659154


13) Best New Artist

OUTTA MY HEAD (KING NYNE, BLAZE HUNTER, RICARDO PRO RODRIGUEZ)

Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aKHhOJ8WZM

  

14) Best Web Series

DRAINED WORLD (LOHAN BUSON, FABIEN GARCIA) 

 

15) Youth In Arts Award (For Filmmakers/Artists Under 16)

LOST (AARON JOHNSON)

Full Film:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UbsSpi2-w8

 

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Audience Awards:

1) Best Music Video

The Morning After (KENNETH SUIE)

Video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDgJPJnyLkY

 

2) Best Trailer

Insane (EROS D'ANTONA)

 

CONGRATS TO ALL THE AWARD WINNERS!

 


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The Bahamian contingent with film poster WHEN PIGS SWIM

NOTE: It has been announced that #‎WSF‬ 2016,  the following 2 Categories will be added to the WideScreen Awards, making it a total of 30 Awards that we give out:

1) BEST SONG LYRICS
2) BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

And further in the future, we'll consider adding:

- BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS
- BEST PRODUCER
- BEST STUNT COORDINATOR
- BEST CASTING DIRECTOR
- BEST PRODUCTION/SET DESIGN
- BEST COSTUME DESIGN

ALL EVENT PHOTOS HERE


The event was sponsored by  TheBahamasWeekly.com, a Bahamian and Canadian based news and events website.

For more information on the WideScreen Film & Music Video Festival visit: www.widescreenfest.com


Twitter: @thewsfestInstagram: @widescreenfest

Facebook Fan Page:facebook.com/widescreenfest



Submissions for #WSF 2016, Begin Sunday NOVEMBER 1, 2015:

https://filmfreeway.com/festival/widescreenfestival


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