Monday, June 8, 2015

San Francisco Film Award Winners: May 2015

The San Francisco Film Awards are excited to present our May 2015 award winners.   We screened exceptional films from around the world and our winners are celebrated in three levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence and Award of Merit.  Judges score entries on a performance scale and winning entries are recognized and awarded as Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit or no award.
Best of Show honors are granted to the top scoring entry for each season. Awards of Excellence are granted to entries with truly exceptional filmmaking. Notable artistic and technical productions are recognized at the Award of Merit award level. No fixed number of awards are granted at any level but rather fluctuate based on the total number of entries received for each competition deadline.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Best in Show:

Diving Deep (22) Ibrahim Jacobi - Germany
Tobias, a young man in his late twenties, is a superstitious person. He is almost insanely obsessed by a specific type of a woman ever since his childhood, which he never stopped chasing. One day, when his apparent dream girl crosses his road unexpectedly, he undergoes a vivid experience. Afterwards, he painfully gives up his ideal image of a woman. But life is always good for a surprise.

Horror Film Award:

Award of Excellence:

Carlos Dunn's Katherine (1:28:00) Carlos Dunn - US
A sadistic serial killer who is a member of a secret cell of the Vatican takes a contract to kill a young woman only problem is the girl's new boyfriend is in the way and he is not about to let anything happen to the woman he has fallen in love with.

Disability Film Award:

Award of Excellence:

Epidemic of Knowledge (14) Olley Edwards -United Kingdom
Today 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism, most of those are boys. It is said we are now living in an Autism Epidemic. If you had not one, but two daughters diagnosed with Autism, would you want to know why? What if when you found the answer it was closer to home than you ever imagined? Are we living in a epidemic of Autism or an Epidemic of knowledge?

Animated Film Award:

Award of Merit:

 Feeling (2:57) Ali Orokzai
Feeling, created by an animation Ali Orokzai, is about a mother bird and her range of emotions during the transformations and stages of life of her children. This film is very colorful and the music symbolizes each stage and emotion of the mother bird. It exemplifies the stages life and detachment. It shows the mother bird raising her children and going though “empty-nest-syndrome”. Overall, this film is very symbolic and showcases the triumphs and tribulations of motherhood.


Student Filmmakers:

Award of Merit:

Crazy Cold (5:19) Samuel Levy -US
In the middle of nowhere, in the middle of winter, a young man on his way to celebrate Christmas with his family crashes his car and is stranded in the cold, forced to search for the nearest town. He slowly begins to experience hallucinations as a result of frostbite, severe hunger and dehydration.

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