24fps International Short Film Festival

9 11 2010

This past Friday and Saturday the town of Abilene was witness to another amazing 24fps ISFF30 short films were showcased over the two nights.

I figured my trip from Dallas to Abilene would be an eventful one and so I thought I should go from one historic building to another historic building.  Since Oak Cliff’s Texas Theater was just a little out of my drive, instead I went past this long-time staple of D-Town.

That’s the 118 year old Old Red Museum in Downtown Dallas.  You might wonder why I’m showing an oldie like Old Red.  Well the 24fps ISFF takes place at the 80-year old Paramount Theatre off 3rd street and Cypress in Downtown Abilene (and that’s North 3rd – The N/S thing sure did have me thrown for a loop).

No that isn’t a picture from the old town vault, I was just messing around with my settings.  Here is the lovely Paramount as it was on Saturday Night.

Enough of picture time.  The Paramount Theatre’s artistic director and the Festival director Barry Smoot was kind enough to talk with PSD about 24fps.  Barry started out telling me just how massive the festival has gotten and that a lack of submission is NOT an issue for the 11 year old Festival.

From 1999 to 2005 the festival was known as WESTfest. In 2001, the scope of the submission field was expanded to include international entries, and in 2006 the festival was officially renamed 24fps with the “International Short Film Festival” title officially attached.  Barry talks about why start up a festival and why exactly short films.

Speaking of interested people, PSD’s good buddy Ya’Ke Smith was one of the people that helped Barry start up such a unique and fun film festival.

Barry talks about trying to make up a program that covers the vast amount of submission world-wide 24fps receives.

And now for the results from 24fps and all the specialty awards and the individual award winners.

HORIZON AWARD

Echo

Director: Magnus Von Horn

Producer: Polish National School of Film, Television, and Theatre

Poland

KUROSAWA AWARD

Logorama

Directors: François Alaux, Herve de Crecy, Ludovic Houplain

Producer: Nicholas Schmerkin

France

LUNIMARIA AWARD

Next Floor

Director of Photography: Nicholas Bolduc

Canada

RED CITATION HUMANTIARIAN AWARD

Laredo, Texas

Director: Topaz Adizes

USA

BEST DIRECTOR

Jamie Travis

The Armoire

Canada

BEST SCREENPLAY

Tub

Writer: Bobby Miller

USA

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Butterfly Circus

Production Design: Yeva McClosky

USA

BEST EDITING

Next Floor

Editor:  Sophie LeBlond

Canada

BEST SOUND DESIGN

Logorama

Sound Design:  Human Worldwide

France

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

The Butterfly Circus

Composer: Timothy Williams

USA

BEST ACTOR

T.J. Miller

Successful Alcoholics

USA

BEST ACTRESS

Lizzy Caplan

Successful Alcoholics

USA

And now for the Jury winners and the Audience Award winners.

MEDAL ALTERNATE

Logorama

Directors: François Alaux, Herve de Crecy, Ludovic Houplain

Producer: Nicholas Schmerkin

France

BRONZE MEDAL

The Butterfly Circus

Director: Joshua Weigel

Producers: Joshua Weigel, Rebekah Weigel, Angie Alvarez

USA

SILVER MEDAL

The Six Dollar Fifty Man

Directors: Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland

Producer: Wendy Cuthbert

New Zealand

GRAND JURY PRIZE

The Armoire

Director: Jamie Travis

Producer: Montefiore

Canada

Barry now talks about the overwhelming winner of the Audience Award for 2010.

The Butterfly Circus
Add 24fps to your festival list and make sure to join PSD for next year’s awesome festival.  Also check back soon as we’ll be talking with directors Eric Lynne and Topaz Adizes who showcased both of their films at this year’s festival.  If all that doesn’t tickle your fancy.  Then how about this greatness.
Thanks to Barry, the Paramount/Festival staff and the city of Abilene for a wonderful weekend, seeya in 2011.
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