It’s always fun to see what creative sparks emerge in such a quick turnaround period, and this round boasts some of the best films yet to emerge from the SPARTA competitions since this edition encouraged filmmakers to develop a story beforehand so that they could have a solid foundation with which to incorporate the catch criteria into something innovative that showed off their skills to their fullest potential. Part of the fun of judging this competition (my fourth round with SPARTA) is seeing how well some of the filmmakers have grown since the competition launched in January 2013. One can really see the progress, especially now that some talents are clearly revising and improving their work with each edition of the festival. In the past we've had some films that had a great story, great enthusiasm, or great production value, but many of this round's films check the boxes for all three. Take a lot at what the local film scene has to offer and let me know which one’s your favourite! They're lots of fun.
(Films appear in random order, save for the winners at the top.)
*Please note that submissions to the Cellar Door Film Festival have been omitted to avoid a potential conflict of interest.*
By Ray Basharah
*Winner: Best Overall Film*
*Winner: Best Visuals*
*Winner: Best Story*
By Tyler Pearce & Andrew Robillard
*3rd Place: Best Overall Film*
*Winner: Best Audio*
By Vincent Valentino
Salvation from Vincent Valentino on Vimeo.
Two in the Palm
By Adrian Mathews
By Lee Cyr
By Nick Wilson
Life of Bagel 2.0
By Ilish Karson
Kung Fart: Double Cuteness
By Daniel Elston
*Winner: Dave Shaw Spirit of the Festival Award*
Updated: Additional entries!
By Justin Courville & Jordan Ladisa
*Winner: Best Incorporation of Catch Criteria*
Danny Sauce: Live in the Dream
By Liam Kennedy-Finnerty
By Danielle Washam
Smile: Runner-up Best Overall Film; Winner: Best Acting
Once again, well done to the filmmakers and thanks to Allen, Jo, and their team for organizing this great initiative for local talents! It was a pleasure!
(Will post more films as they become available.)