2011 San Jose 48HFP Awards

The official results are back from the jurists and the ballot counters. San Jose’s 2011 awards for the 48 Hour Film Project are official. And it’s just in time for intrepid independent filmmakers to step right into the National Film Challenge. More on that later, but first, the awards.

Audience Choice polling takes place at the screenings during the week after the movies are turned in. The methodology used by the 48HFP makes this more than q “popularity contest” and filmmakers covet this honor as an authentic measure of how well their film is received by an audience.

Audience Choice Awards

The finalists for Audience Choice in Screening Group A were:

  • Animal Style – Playground Pictures
  • Moonlight – EyeQ Films
  • Stuffed – Square Marden

And the winner was:

Stuffed – by Square Marden

In Screening Group B, the finalists were:

  • Dead Weight Man – Five by Five Films
  • Loose Cannons – 10 Count Films
  • The Pile – Chikinbone Films
  • Roll Bottle Roll – Story Cake

The winner of this award was:

Dead Weight Man – Five by Five Films

Jury Awards

The jurists awards considered all qualified films and awarded honors on the basis of many aspects of the filmmaking craft. The jurists this year included:

Marianne Luchessi-Hamilton – Marianne has been a jurist for the San Jose competition since its inception five years ago. She boasts a background that includes work as a screenwriter, a valued member of the San Jose Film Commissioner’s office, co-organizer of the Cinecats Film Festival and Board Membership at KCAT TV in Los Gatos.

Kari Nevil – Kari is an award-winning filmmaker and principal at June Bug Films. This is her third year as a jurist for the San Jose competition. Her IMDb credits mark her as an accomplished writer, director, and producer. She brings a strong sense of what it takes to complete and deliver a film to the audience.

Jason Weiner – Jason is notorious among Bay Area film fans and festival organizers. He blogs about film and is a long-time fixture, always seen sitting front and center during Cinequest, San Francisco International Film Festival, and nearly every other regional film festival that he can fit into his schedule. Established local filmmakers watch for his tweets and blog updates when their films premiere in the San Jose market.

The 2011 Awards for the San Jose 48 Hour Film Project were:

Best Use of Character
Moonlight” by EyeQ Films

Best Use of Prop
One Man’s Trash” by Surfin’ Kitty Productions

Best Use of Line
Give Me A Sign” by South Bay Shooters

Best Use of Genre
Dead Weight Man” by Five By Five Films

Best Visual Effects
Roll Bottle Roll” by Story Cake

Best Makeup
Loose Cannons” by 10 Count Films

Best Original Song
Stuffed” by Square Marden

Rising Star Award
Brandyn Huynh in “Moonlight”

Best Jungle Cover Girl
Sandra Ruelas in “Animal Style”

Best Costumes
Dead Weight Man” by Five By Five Films

Best Special Effects
Oh Negative” by Ovation Pictures

Best Musical Score
Roll Bottle Roll” by Story Cake

Best Cinematography
“Moonlight” by EyeQ Films

Best Editing
Moonlight” by EyeQ Films

Best Actress
Janine Burgener in “Oh Negative”

Best Actor
Terry Lamb in “Moonlight”

Best Ensemble Acting
Oh Negative” by Ovation Pictures

Best Writing
“R-Cubed” by Pigs Might Fly

Best Directing
R-Cubed” by Pigs Might Fly

Second Runner Up For Best Film
Moonlight” by EyeQ Films

Runner Up For Best Film
R-Cubed” by Pigs Might Fly

Best Film
Give Me A Sign” by South Bay Shooters

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