GRAND PRIZE FILM AWARD
FROM DEATH ROW”
Title: "Mort A L'Ecran"
Directed by Alexis Ferrebeuf
Marly le Roi, France
by Alexis Ferrebeuf
Produced by Jonathan Ferrebeuf - A WINBROS Production
Synopsis: An inmate on death row is offered the chance to win his
pardon by appearing on a new reality show
where call-in viewers will decide his fate...and possible first
real-life execution on live TV.
How far will the worldwide popularity of reality television and
call-in participation go?
A parody on the fascination of our power of influence on the lives
of others and our disturbing thirst for sheer sensationalism.
ACTION/CUT 2006 BEST
FICTION FILM AWARD
Directed by Harold Cronk
by Rik Swartzwelder
Produced by Matthew Tailford & Rita Runyon - Executive
Produced by Melinda Nypen
Synopsis: Inspired by a Mark Twain short story, an intense,
atmospheric, surreal look at the madness of war.
Is war devoid of morality or spirituality? Through thick
clouds of choking gas, on a ravaged landscape, a
soldier plants land mines while an enemy pursues him. When
their paths collide, who will be left standing?
ACTION/CUT 2006 BEST
ANIMATION FILM AWARD
Directed by Vlash Droboniku
St. Francis, WI
and Produced by Vlash Droboniku
Synopsis: Using metamophosed techniques, a depiction of the
unimaginable, tragic horror of 9/11,
as told with a tender love story motif through the principal
character of the wife of a doomed New York firefighter.
ACTION/CUT 2006 BEST
DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD
Directed by Polly Green
and Produced by Polly Green
Synopsis: A look into the lives of transient whitewater women
kayakers who follow their love of the river rapids around the
Empowered by their love of sport and adventure, paddling along the
Nile and Zambezi rivers, they fulfill their lives by taking the
time to give back to the African people by helping to build health
centers and stamp out the life-threatening disease - malaria.
ACTION/CUT 2006 BEST STUDENT FILM AWARD
Directed by Bryan Norton
New York, NY
Produced at New York University
by Bryan Norton
Produced by Eric Bean - Executive Produced by Gladys Miro
Synopsis: A young upstart couple inherit a beautiful NY townhouse.
After they move in, they begin to experience
strange and scary occurrences in the house. But as they decide
to embrace living in a haunted house,
the stakes get higher as they realize the house holds a very terrible
ACTION/CUT 2006 BEST MUSIC VIDEO AWARD
Robert Cray Band
Directed by Sue Turner-Cray
Los Angeles, CA
and Produced by Sue Turner-Cray
Original Music and Composed by Robert Cray - Performed by The Robert
Synopsis: About a soldier serving in the Iraq war...but as the story
follows what seems
like his return home to America, it reveals a very different
Filmmaker Sue Turner-Cray teamed up with multiple Grammy-award
winning artist Robert Cray
and the touring exhibit "Eyes Wide Open" to inspire and
make this music video.
ADDITIONAL JURY AWARDS -
ACTION/CUT 2006 FILM AWARDS
OF SPECIAL MERIT IN FILMMAKING
SPECIAL JURY AWARD - FICTION
Directed by Stephen Stickler - Los Angeles, CA
Synopsis: A young L.A. gangbanger wakes up in jail and envisions his
future upon his release....and the possible choices awaiting him.
FOREIGN AWARD - FICTION FILM
Directed by Umut Aral - Istanbul, Turkey
Synopsis: By a twist of fate, three men from the crime world meet
and start to work as a team...but their past catches up to them.
PROMISING YOUNG FILMMAKER AWARD - FICTION FILM (18 & under)
Directed by Chelsea Vance (15)
- Sarasota, FL
Synopsis: A teen gives out her personal info on the internet to
someone she believes is a teen boy...instead, it's an adult sexual
JURY AWARDS - ANIMATION FILM
Directed by Chris Mais - Los Alamitos, CA
Synopsis: Motion capture/live action of a story about a smiley
balloon and a rubber man who team up to outwit a wicked pirate toy.
Directed by John Cernak - Winston-Salem, NC
Synopsis: Don't tread on me...what the Man wants, the Man
gets...pay attention or it will all go by you in the blink of a
PROMISING YOUNG ANIMATOR AWARDS (18 & under)
Directed by Alexander Lewis (16)
- New York, NY
Synopsis: A homeless man finds a magic wand. First amused,
then lonely, he conjures up a surprise that will allow him to find
Directed by Dan MacKenzie (17)
- Gorham, ME
Synopsis: Claymation technique of a story about a green cyclops who
tells of a childhood when he had to fight a terrible snow ogre.
JURY AWARD - DOCUMENTARY FILM
Directed by Guy Noland - Burbank, CA
Synopsis: The history and charity work of the Salvation Army...and
its critical services during the tragic times at ground zero after
FOREIGN AWARD - DOCUMENTARY FILM
SAN BACILLIO DE PALENQUE
Directed by Vicente Contreras - Bogota, Colombia
Synopsis: The only town left in Colombia whose people have
self-proclaimed themselves as the first free slave town in Latin
PROMISING YOUNG DOCUMENTARIAN AWARD (18 & under)
MAKING OF BLOOD DESCENDANTS
Directed by Levi Alpert (13)
- Guilford, CT
Synopsis: Through the witty eyes of a 12-year old who shoots a humorous
making-of doc of a direct-to-video horror film production.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD - STUDENT FILM
Directed by Joren Kandel - Cedarville, OH
Synopsis: Have you ever wondered if the way you treat people changes
them? This is a story of human potential...and of hope.
FOREIGN AWARDS - STUDENT FILM
Directed by Tony Hagger - Loughton, United Kingdom
London Film School
Synopsis: A boy's journey into the treacherous terrain of first love
and manhood during a week's holiday visiting his father's home.
Directed by Brendon Foster-Algoo - Toronto, Canada
Synopsis: An experimental film about how violence in childhood has a
profound negative impact on how its victims interpret the world.
JURY AWARD FOR MOST
PROMISING STUDENT FILMMAKER
(18 & under)
Directed by Andrea Levy (17) - Greenbrae, CA
Synopsis: At a Rosh Hashana brunch, a grandmother reminisces back in
time about the last Rosh Hashana with her
own grandmother just before the horrific moments when the Nazis came to kill her.
PROMISING STUDENT FILMMAKER AWARDS (18 & under)
JUST A GAME
Directed by Ryan de'Caneva (18) - St. Charles, IL
Synopsis: A film about the harsh realities of the up-and-down dating game in
Directed by Ari Marks (16) - Los Angeles, CA
Synopsis: Two partners, working for a covert youth brigade, confront
their squadron and its leader...about their realities and
JURY AWARDS - MUSIC VIDEOS
by 1/2 Price
Directed by Ryan Flanery - Los Angeles, CA
PRENDELE LA MECHA
Music by CTO
Directed by Kathy Cacicedo - Jersey City, NJ
FOREIGN AWARD - MUSIC VIDEOS
by Mario Diaz
Directed by Marcelo Mitnik - Cordoba, Argentina
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