3rd Annual Laughlin International Film Festival - 2014 Winners
In a ceremonay at the Tropicana Laughlin’s Pavilion Ballroom the winners of the four day festival were announced.
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Winners announced for Laughlin Film Festival
LAUGHLIN, Nev. – Team LIFF is proud to announce the winners for the third annual Laughlin International Film Festival, which was held from Oct. 16-19, 2014.
“We are so pleased with the turn out we have had this year,” said Erik Karsen Puhm, director of LIFF. “There were so many great film entries submitted and we hope to keep seeing it grow as we prepare for next year.”
The event kicked off on Oct. 16 with the red carpet premiere of “Deuce of Spades” a hot-rod 1950's era film by French filmmaker Faith Granger. Following the film Granger answered several questions from the packed audience and signed autographs.
“It is a joy to see these movies have a good audience showing. It helps support those who create these independent movies,” said Dave Davidson, director of operations for the film fest. “We'd love to see more local filmmakers involved and get a chance to show their masterpieces.”
And that is just what two Needles residents did over the weekend.
Brian Brown, a third year LIFF participant previewed his fourth film “Verdict”, while newcomer Andrea Z. Smith premiered her first-ever crime documentary “Verdict: The Terrifying Story of Sunny Coleman”.
Over the four days, participants got to attended close to 75 films, workshops, social events, awards dinner and director panel breakfast.
The winners of the 2014 Laughlin International Film Festival are as follows:
Best Short Documentary—Jesse and the Fountain of Youth--directed by Tracey Anarella
Best Web Series—Royals the Series--directed by Niki koss
Best Soundtrack/Score—Moustache—directed by Carl Evans
Best Experimental Work—Only in LA—directed by Jus Riddick
Best Animation Video—I Need My Monster—directed by Stephen Baker
Best Music Video—Look Away-by Eliza
Best Local Film—Verdict—directed by Brian Lee Brown
Outstanding Production Value—What Future—directed by Harry Kakatsakis
Best Cinematic Film—Our Father—directed by Linda Palmer
Best Storytelling—The Long Wait—directed byWolfgang Bodison
Best Ensemble Cast—Goin' Guerilla—directed by James Christopher
Best Thriller/Horror—Antisocial Behavior—directed by Kenneth Guertin
Humanitarian Award—One in a Million—directed by Trevor Baierl
Best Lead Actress—Christina Harding for Moustache
Best Lead Actor—Michael Gross for Our Father
Best Comedy Film—The Backseat—directed by Ryan O'Leary
Best Drama Film—The Badger Game—directed by Joshua Wagner
Harry “Bud” Holland Award—Victim: The Terrifying Story of Sunny Coleman by Andrea Zindel-Smith
Best University Film—A Plush Life—directed by Bryn Hubbard
Tropicana Award/Best University Film—Into the Silent Sea—directed by Andrej Landin
Best International Short Film—Remembering the Fallen—directed by Julien Grincajgier
Best International Documentary—Shunned—directed by Janice Villarosa
Best International Narrative Film—Blackbird—directed by Jamie Chambers
2014 LIFF Pick—Deuce of Spades—directed by Faith Granger
LIFF Director Award—Penance—directed by Jeff Wolfe
Best U.S. Short Film—Premium Harmony—directed by Daniel Algarin and Toby Louie
Best U.S. Narrative Feature—Three Holes, 2 Brads and a Smoking Gun—directed by Hilarion Banks
Best U.S. Documentary—Music City USA—directed by Chris McDaniel
LIFF 2014 Grand Jury Award—Moustache—directed by Carl Evans
The winners for Audience Pick Feature Film and Short Film were not yet announced at press time.