5 Nominations and 2 Wins at ACTION ON FILM Festival for Dawn of the Crescent Moon!

What did we do last week? we Kevin and I went to Monrovia to see how we did at the Action On Film Festival last week. We were nominated for Best Horror Film, Best Special Effects, Best Supporting Actor (Barry Corbin), Best Cast, and Best Actress (Shiree Nelson). 

 

As if that wasn't enough, we nabbed two awards. Congrats to Shiree for her win and to the whole cast for theirs as well!

 

Shiree and her beau were their to pick up her award and also help grab the cast award with Tracy Birdsall.

 

RAVES FOR DAWN OF THE CRESCENT MOON!

by: Charlie J.J. Kruger

So, this film falls into the small budget, throwback, 'horror-fanatic drinking game' category. What that means is that, while this film has a SMALL budget, is full of throwback and referential elements, it manages to be a great party film for horror officiants. Particularly slasher/Argento lovers.

     
The film, while solidly entertaining, even with a few solid jumps and laughs here and there, is a bingo board of tropes, guidelines, staples and norms. And frankly it was handed very well. 
I cared about the leads, even though I cheered for them to be decimated. I enjoyed the scenery, even though I knew it was staged. I adored the soundtrack, even though it was campy and winking at me coyly. And most of all, I smiled and nodded my way through the film, never truly surprised, but never let down. This is a genre piece, and it is a solid one.

    
For all the film did right, and the few moments the film could have used pruning/re-tooling, I found myself most in love with the opening. Since 'Jaws', and even before, really, it has been the norm for slashers/killers/monsters/beasts to have an opening kill, a sort of greeting shot prior to the credits. It gives us our first jump. It glues us in, and it sets the tables. This opening was among the best I have seen all year, and actually had me grinning to watch it. And then we got the opening credits. True, gorgeous, wonderful opening credits... I loved them. They reminded me of Argento, they reminded me of Goblin. I felt nostalgic while they colored my darkened living room.

    
If you are in the mood for a good 'death in the woods' kinda flick, and you want to feel right at home, this is a safe jump for you.

2014 Film and Screenplay Winners Announced

After much deliberation and scrambling to watch and read all of our submissions for TrindieFest 2014, we have wrapped up our list of finalists.

 

We have 17 Feature Film Winners, 4 Calling Card Winners and 9 Short Film Winners. Our plan, as in the past, is to screen all 30 of these films in the 3 days of our festival. No easy task! As an added bonus, Dawn of the Crescent Moon will also show for the first time in Trinidad sometime during the festival. Bring your friends and family to enjoy a wide spectrum of films for this fun-filled weekend. Our selection of films range from Comedy to Drama, and Thrillers to Animated and Live Action Shorts. And for the first time...Music Videos. Pack up the family and join us this September 18-21.

 

We have not forgotten our screenplay winners either...

 

There have been 15 screenplays selected to win awards and we hope to soon see them in film. 

 

Originating in 2013, we filmed and screened an excerpt from each of the top screenplays to give our winners some added recognition during the festival. We have plans to continue this again this year with the help of the local theater and film students at Trinidad State Junior College. 

Congratulations to all our winners. We look forward to meeting you.

 

Check back to see when your films will be screening.

 

2014 FILM WINNERS - BY CATEGORY -  IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

DRAMA:

Finding Neighbors

I Believe In Unicorns - This film will not be screened

Leaving Limbo

Lilet Never Happened

Pechorin

Taken By Grace

The House That Jack Built

William's Lullaby

 

HORROR/SCI-FI/SUSPENSE:

Alien Hunger

The Cabining

The God Question

 

ACTION:

Dust Of War

 

COMEDY:

Arlo & Julie

Stop Pepper Palmer

Sympathy Pains

 

DOCUMENTARY:

Farewell To Factory Towns ?

The Italian Character

Windy Lou's Last Mission

 

ANIMATED SHORT:

Stop It

The Nightmare Stumbles Past

 

LIVE ACTION SHORT:

As It Used To Be

Civil War

Love, And Other Devices

Red Blue And Purple

Zugzwang

 

LIVE ACTION/MUSIC VIDEO:

Walls

Yours For The Taking

 

LIVE ACTION CALLING CARD:

One Armed Man

The Man Who Fed His Shadow

Waco

What Potential

2014 SCREENPLAY WINNERS - BY CATEGORY - IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

DRAMA:

A Clash of Iron - Richard Reed

Moon Of Popping Trees - Daniel Leonetti

Opur's Blade  - James Ross

Stages  - Ron Podell

White Water Rescue - Harold Brown

 

HORROR/SCI-FI/SUSPENSE:

Evil, Inc.  - Julia Watson

Ship Of The Dead - Robert Kois

The Devil's Hammer  - Craig Walendziak

 

ACTION:

Gunslinger  - David Craig

McIntyre's Mountain - Nathan Goldman

Setting Square  - Neil Chase

The Night Witches - Steven Prowse

 

COMEDY:

Life Support - Noah Edelson

The Spy And The Fence - Michael Gibrall

Time And Space - Steven Prowse

PHOTO GALLERY TRINDIEFEST 2013

2013 TrindieFest Helps Winners With Film Distribution Leads

As of today TrindieFest has had the privilage of helping three films from our festival get their films in the hands of a few distribution companies. This is the second year that we have had distribution compnies interested in our festival entries. Good luck to those films!

YOU NOW HAVE A CHOICE...SUBMIT YOUR FILM OR SCREENPLAY WITH THE DATABASE OF YOUR CHOICE.

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