24fps International Short Film Festival 2011 Recap

7 11 2011

The 2011 24fps ISFF continues to showcase some of the world’s best short films.  Click thru for a recap of our 2 days spent in Abilene and the awards list for the 2011 festival winners.

The main attraction of the festival is the incredible and historic Paramount Theater that was built in 1930.

The beauty of the theater is showcased nicely by the exterior artwork.

And the twin walls inside really create a captivating scene.

Overall the theater is amazingly well kept and a true landmark for Abilene.

This year marked the second visit to the annual festival and I wanted to make sure I got to see a bit more of Abilene this time.  Well here are some of the wild things I came across in the quirky town that is Abilene.  1st up is the fact that I came across not one…

but 2 flamingos.

There seem to be a few unusual creatures, like this red-eyed horse.

This fierce stallion was across the street from easily the most unusual “creature” I saw.

Yes that is a freaking Dinosaur eating a VW Bug!!

Another cool element of Abilene is the college atmosphere in town.  It helps to have like half a dozen post-high school establishments to choose from.  Whether its Abilene Christian University or Hardin-Simmons University you’re bound to find a school no matter which direction you travel in the town.

I’m not sure why I took this picture to represent the universities of the city, but there was something weird about seeing all these “little people” things.  The above hut/home (obviously some type of observatory, I’m just remarking on its smallish dimensions) and how about this little “humble abode”.

What cruel person puts a bell over someone’s home!! I mean talk about rude!  Well this wasn’t the only building that caught my eye.

Or how about this cool building top.

Then there was the “W” Hotel of Abilene.

What’s the W?

I was really curious where these fine Abilenians found the necessary tools to build such amazing buildings and I drove past this…

Eureka!!  Well Ok enough kidding around the town is quite lovely and they have a wonderful monument for our troops.

I couldn’t help but feel patriotic after this picture.  I mean there is only 1 – Lone Star State!

Ok one final shout out to Abilene.  The fine folks at La Popular Bakery!!

Tasty Burritos and Tamales!!

Now lets get to the films of the 24fps ISFF!!!  As usual the festival was broken into two evening programs and one matinee program that all last roughly 2 hours.  Overall 32 shorts were shown at the festival.  Here are the winners of the 2011 24fps Jury Awards.

Grand Jury Prize–“THE STRANGE ONES” dir. Lauren Wolkstein and Christopher Radcliff, USA

Silver Medal–“PIONEER” dir. David Lowery, USA

Bronze Medal–“BABY” dir. Daniel Mulloy, UK

Special Jury Citation–“PENTECOST,” dir. Peter McDonald, Ireland

Audience Award–“NOREEN,” dir. Domhnall Gleeson, Ireland

Horizon Award–“PATHS OF HATE” dir. Damian Nenow, Poland

Information about the festival below.

The 24fps International Short Film Festival

VENUE WEBSITE: http://www.paramount-abilene.org

24fps ON FACEBOOK:  http://facebook.com/24fpsfest


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