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Sunday, October 19, 2014
LiFF Does It Again!!! A Film Festival that Rocks!!!!
Just finished attending the 2014 Laughlin International Film Festival (LiFF) this weekend and was blown away for the second year in a row by an outstanding overall film festival production for the four days (October 16 – 19th).
Erik Karsen Puhm, Mara Karsen Puhm, and Dave Davidson Co-Founders of the Laughlin International Film Festival have outdone themselves again by continuing the annual tradition of honoring and recognizing filmmakers from all over the world that participate and submit to the festival. They are building a community that is becoming family and many are already planning on next year’s “Filmmaker Family Reunion” and looking forward to all the new additions to the extended family.
The host city of Laughlin, NV along with the (main Host location), , the and the – (viewing home of the films that made it into the festival) again proved to provide the perfect mix of location and environment to welcome filmmakers from all over as well as offer a close-knit set-up that enabled viewings, red-carpet photos and interviews (provided by Gianna Nicole Inc.), workshops, and of course all the parties. The support from the community is clearly evident and it was nice to have so many visitors asking about the buzz and what was going on with all the festival attendees. The word is getting out about this festival and the only direction for this event is UP and future growth is without any doubt going to happen.
So here’s the quick run-down on the Film Awards presented at the widely appreciated and spectacular Awards Banquet (that included the opening emcee, Owen Dara, known and loved for his acting, comedy, filmmaking and great personality) that really exceeds expectations of all in attendance . (Disclaimer: This listing is a quick recap – in case any misspellings or errors - updates will be made accordingly as this information was captured at the event and the formal listing from LiFF will be published on their website)
Best Short Documentary – Jesse and the Fountain of Youth - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jesse-and-The-Fountain-of-Youth/622534844497164 - Trailer - http://youtu.be/mOvHwsBrUck
Best Web Series – Royals the Series - https://www.facebook.com/royalstheseries - Meet the cast - http://vimeo.com/user24343951/videos
Best Soundtrack/Score – Moustache - https://www.facebook.com/moustachethefilm - Website - http://moustachethefilm.com/
Best Experimental Work – Only in LA – Twitter - https://twitter.com/OnlyinLA1 - Website - http://chroniclesfilm.com/
Best Animation Video – I Need My Monster – Video - http://vimeo.com/94518791
Best Music Video – Look Away (by Eliza) – Video - http://youtu.be/g1qzee0r1S0
Best Local Film – Verdict (by Rebel In a Box Productions) - https://www.facebook.com/rebelfilms.net - Twitter - https://twitter.com/rebelboxfilms
Outstanding Production Value – What Future - https://www.facebook.com/whatfuture11
Best Cinematic Film – Our Father – Website - http://www.ourfatherproductions.com/ - https://www.facebook.com/OurFatherMovie
Best Storytelling – Wolfgang Bodison – The Long Wait - https://www.facebook.com/thelongwaitfilm - website - http://thelongwaitfilm.com
Best Ensemble Cast – Goin’ Guerilla - https://www.facebook.com/goinguerrilla - website - http://www.twitchydolphin.com
Best Thriller Horror – Antisocial Behavior – Trailer - http://youtu.be/LyKYXxgslZY - Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/AntisocialBehavior
Humanitarian Award – One in a Million - https://www.facebook.com/CjdDocumentary - Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/@cjddocumentary
Best Lead Actress – Christina Harding (in Moustache)
Best Lead Actor – Michael Gross (in Our Father)
Best Comedy Film – The Backseat - https://www.facebook.com/thebackseatmovie - IMDB - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2184956/
Best Drama Film – The Badger Game - https://www.facebook.com/thebadgergamemovie - website - ttp://www.thebadgergame.com
Bud Holland Award - Victim: The Terrifying Story of Sunny Coleman by Andrea Zindel Smith
Best University Film – A Plush Life - https://www.facebook.com/aplushlife - website - http://www.brynscotthubbard.com
Tropicana Award – Best University Film – Into the Silent Sea - https://www.facebook.com/IntoTheSilentSea - website - http://intothesilentsea.com
Best International Short Film – Remembering the Fallen - https://www.facebook.com/rememberingthefallen
Best International Documentary – Shunned - https://www.facebook.com/Shunned - website - http://www.silentvoicesproductions.com
Best International Narrative Film – Blackbird - https://www.facebook.com/blackbirdthemovie - website - http://www.deerstalkerfilms.com
2014 LiFF Pick Award – Deuce of Spades - https://www.facebook.com/deuceofspades - website - http://www.deuceofspadesmovie.com
LiFF Director Award – Penance - https://www.facebook.com/penancemovie - website - http://www.penancemovie.com/
Best US Short Film – Premium Harmony - https://www.facebook.com/PremiumHarmony - website - http://www.premiumharmonymovie.com
Best US Narrative Feature – Three Holes, 2 Brads and a Smoking Gun -https://www.facebook.com/Threeholes – Trailer - http://youtu.be/G1bj3JHk-AA
Best US Documentary – Music City USA - https://www.facebook.com/musiccitymovie - website - http://www.MusicCityMovie.com
Liff 2014 Grand Jury Award - Moustache - https://www.facebook.com/moustachethefilm - Website - http://moustachethefilm.com/
Stay tuned for more updates and information and if you have films, shorts, music videos, or any other film production, YOU MUST SUBMIT to this festival because you have no idea what you are missing until you attend and participate. This is going to be on our calendar for as long as this festival will exist. Hopefully that will be forever!!!
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