Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Social Machinery Film Festival Awards the Best of Alternative Cinema, Carlos Antonio Leon Walks Away A Winner!




Social Machinery Film Festival Awards the Best of Alternative Cinema, Carlos Antonio Leon Walks Away A Winner!

Known as the “Road Map Film Festival” The Social Machinery Film Festival is one of the newest film events that’s gathering a lot of buzz. It prides itself for being an alternative festival for those filmmakers who dare to explore subjects and techniques that are unusual or non-conventional risking including commercial distribution. Organized and directed by Joseph Caristena, the festival seeks projects that are edgy, highly creative and must trigger social innovation. The Social Machinery Film Festival takes place in several European cities and lasts more than six months during which only selected films are screened in places such as Ostiglia (province of Mantova) and Calabria (Italy) and Tivat, Budva, Qotor (Montenegro).

The festival starts evaluating more than 70 pre-selected films (out of more than a thousand submissions) and, through process, choses semi finalists and finalists. Winners of the 2016 competition include Best Social Innovation Award for short film “Gobernanza” (Puerto Rico) directed by Jorge Antares, which peculiarity resides on its ability to promote a new way of governance that encourages a stronger community participation; Best Doc Award “Fading” (Germany), directed by Alina Cyranek about WWII photographer Robert Capa’s capturing the last minutes of US Soldier Raymond J. Bowman’s life, Best Experimental Award “Journey” (Australia), a story directed Radheya Jegatheva about an astronaut called Orion who is trying to find home, Best Science Fiction Award “A Dream of Paper Flowers” (United States) an experimental black and white film created by poet Chelsea Bayouth and filmmaker/artist Leila Jarman, Best Movie Concept Award “Dreams On Sale” (Romania) directed by Vlad Buzaianu who shows us how we can use dreams as metaphors for our daily lives, among other winners. In the acting category a single award was given to Venezuelan actor Carlos Antonio León for his portrayal of two female characters in the experimental film “Ann” (United States) directed by fellow Venezuelan Carla Forte. “Ann” must probably be the only known feature-length that’s been shot in five days, a very daring task for any filmmaker.
A complete list of winners was just published on the festival’s webpage http://www.socialmachinery.it/2016-award-winner-s-list/2016-officia...