The first Skyway Film Festival has come to a close, and the inaugural awards have been given. Night Owls, by director Charles Hood, snagged the Grand Jury Narrative Feature award, while 3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets, by documentarian Marc Silver, won the Grand Jury Documentary Feature Award. A total of 10 awards were given in total. Read for full results.
GRAND JURY NARRATIVE FEATURE – Night Owls (pictured above), Directed by Charles Hood
GRAND JURY DOCUMENTARY FEATURE – 3 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets, Directed by Marc Silver
GRAND JURY SHORT FILM SPONSORED BY INDIE PIX – The Whispers, Directed by Sarah Heitz De Chabeneix
GRAND JURY FLORIDA SHORT FILM – Lean, Directed by Kevin O’Neil
SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR ACTING – Amberlee Colson from the Feature Film, Worthy, Directed by Marianna Palka
SPECIAL JURY AWARD FOR DIRECTING – Across the Sea, Directed by Nisan Dag and Esra Saddam
GRAND JURY TELEPLAY – Razorhurst, Written by Li Lu
AUDIENCE AWARD NARRATIVE FEATURE – The Suffering, Directed by Robert Hamilton
AUDIENCE AWARD SHORT FILM – End of War, Directed by Bernard E. James
AUDIENCE AWARD STUDENT SHORT – Wonder in the Smokies, Directed by Drew Permutter
The jury awards were given by a prestigious group of judges—and somehow also myself and Phil Lederer on behalf of SRQ Media Group. The two of us judged the Florida Short Film competition, and I’m sure we will share more on that later this week. Other much more distinguished jurors included: Dori Sperko, (Sex Ed, Albion: Rise of the Danann); Ryan O’Nan, Actor/Writer (Ray Donovan, The Iceman); Daniel Bort, Expression Entertainment, President; Andre Holland, Actor (The Knick/Selma); Leslie Cohen, HBO, VP of Programming; Lee Broda, Actor/Producer (Amnesiac/The Phenom); Caroline Connor, Producer (Chu and Blossom/Franny); Michael Darrow, Editor (Albion: The Rise of Danann/Casual Encounters); Marty Clear, Bradenton Herald; and Julie La’Bassiere, BAFTA NY, CEO.