Some awesome news from one of our members! As a paid IFP Phoenix member, we’ll do blog posts updating the community on your big wins as well as needs you may currently have as a filmmaker. Read on for some great news for Elmer J. Howard!
Elmer J. Howard of Thrive Productions has won the prestigious Award of Recognition from The Best Shorts Film Competition. The award was given for Elmer’s based-on-real-events Gay short film “Loving Martin”. “Loving Martin” is a melancholic tale of love and loss. He also won the Award of Merit for Directing, Producing, and Production Design in the Southern Shorts Awards.
“’Loving Martin’ is a real-life film. It doesn’t steer away from the flaws of it’s characters and paints life for what it is sometimes. Messy. Hard, painful, and messy. With some excellent performances within it’s short length, this is a title I would recommend to a lot of my friends. A good well-rounded short film. No question about that.” ~ ReelRomp
The Best Shorts Competition recognizes film, television, videography, and new media professionals who demonstrate exceptional achievement in craft and creativity, and those who produce standout entertainment. Entries are judged by highly qualified professionals in the film and television industry. Information about Best Shorts and a list of recent winners can be found at www.BestShorts.net.
Rick Prickett, who chairs The Best Shorts Competition, had this to say about the latest winners, “Best Shorts is not an easy award to win. Entries are received from around the world from powerhouse companies to remarkable new talent. The Best Shorts Competition helps set the standard for craft and creativity. The judges were pleased with the exceptional high quality of entries. The goal of Best Shorts is to help winners achieve the recognition they deserve.”
In winning a Best Shorts Award, Elmer J. Howard joins the ranks of other high-profile winners of this internationally respected award including former Disney Imagineer Eric Robinson for “The Hollow Moon,” Keegan Connor Tracy for “The Girl/La Fille”, and Oscar-winning production “Mr. Hublot” by Laurent Witz.
The Southern Shorts Awards has been named Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals by Film Freeway. “Loving Martin” won:
Award of Merit:
Directing – Elmer J. Howard
Acting – Allen Montes & Scott Olson
Editing – Miranda Calamity
Drama – Stan Atwood & Elmer J. Howard
Production Design – Elmer J. Howard
Screenwriting – David Vernon
Award of Excellence
Cinematography – Brett Bays
Music – Francis Snyder
Sound Design – Justin Moschcau
Watch the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCqNWVmd1_Y
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