10th annual FilmFest raises the barPosted March 26, 2014
More than 700 guests packed the historic Paramount Theatre in downtown Abilene on Friday, March 21, for the 10th annual ACU FilmFest Red Carpet Gala. Organizers say the 14 short films made by student teams from all academic disciplines displayed talent, creativity and hard work.
“We are extremely happy with the turnout and participation at FilmFest this year,” said senior Lucius Patenaude, co-chair of FilmFest. “Our team set goals to increase the number of submitted films and to pack out the Paramount. We achieved both of our goals.”
This year’s theme was Shift. The contest rules called for student-produced entries. The winners of each category were announced at the premiere.
- “For Always” directed by Lucius Patenaude won the grand prize of Best Picture and Best Production Designer.
- “It’s Locked” directed and written by Kyle Knapp won Best Writer and Best Director.
- The award for Best Actor went to Will McInerney in “Dreamer.”
- The award for Best Actress went to Rachel Faulkner in “For Always.”
- “ID Infinity” directed by Adrian Patenaude won Best Technical Director.
- "Nerf Wars 2: Another Mockumentary" produced by Stephen Estrada earned the award for Best Producer.
|Randy Brewer ('93),|
This year’s judges represented the major hot spots of movie production in the U.S.: Los Angeles, Calif., Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas. Judges Randy Brewer (’93), Kris Young, Brent McCorkle, Will Bakke, Christina Johnson (’11) and Kari Hatfield critiqued each film. Before the gala, the judges spoke to ACU students about their careers in the film industry. On Saturday, March 22, the judges spoke to each student production team and offered film-specific feedback.