Redding, CA – The award winning films and photographs entered in the second annual Sundial Film Festival were announced Saturday night at the Cascade Theatre.
Taking the “Best of Festival” trophy and $1,000 cash prize was “After the Island” by filmmaker Todd Dayton. “Best of Show” photograph trophy and $500 cash prize went to Chris Schiller for his photograph “Fingers.”
Awards were presented for several international and local film and photographic categories, with seventeen gold medallions presented to winners and thirteen silver medallions presented to runner-ups. Cash prizes totaling $6,100 were also awarded. For the first time, a perpetual trophy and $500 cash award was presented for “Excellence in School Filmmaking” and the winner was Sequoia Middle School Film Club for “Spartan Studios.”
“People’s Choice” gold medallions and $100 cash prizes were awarded based on the tabulation of ballots cast by members of the public attending the festival shows. The “People’s Choice” film was “Slice of Pie” by Tim Reischauer (International Narrative) and “People’s Choice” photograph was “Cat and Mouse” by Tiger Michiels (Advanced Action). .
“This year, we received over 80 short film and 191 photographic entries, from right here in Redding to as far away as Japan – unbelievable local and international talent in action, still and fine art photographs and documentary, animation, narrative, international and extreme sports films,” noted Dave West, a member of the Sundial Film Festival organizing committee.
“These are predominately young filmmakers and photographers who are grateful to have a platform to share their art. We have also had tremendous support for the Sundial Film Festival from our sponsors who have underwritten the cost and from the citizens in our community who have applauded efforts to bring artistic sophistication, uniqueness and opportunity to Shasta County.”
The Sundial Film Festival is a Northern California celebration of the digital artistic expression of professional and amateur filmmakers and photographers. The three-day Film Festival incorporated an international and children’s film experience with the “State of Jefferson” competition designed to showcase digital film and photography that reflect the talent and diversity of artists and natural resources of Northern California and Southern Oregon. One of its guiding objectives is to educate and foster film and photography production among youth that they may discover an interest or career in using this craft.
The Sundial Film Festival is produced by the charitable foundation of the Rotary Club of Redding. All proceeds benefit community improvement programs and student scholarships.
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