Congratulations to our award winners:
Best Picture: Chateau Sauvignon: terroir
Best Cinematography: Sam the Vamp
Best Actor: Earl Palmer in Daipool
Best Actress: Tiana Okoye in Being
Best Screenplay: Sam the Vamp
Best Supporting Actor: Sean Weil in Chateau Sauvignon: terroir
Best Supporting Actress: Mariko Van Kampen in Daipool
Honorable Mention Film - The Old Men
Honorable Mention Screenplay - Incoming Call
Honorable Mention Actor -Michael Lorz in Chateau Sauvignon: terroir
Studios & Individuals with accepted entries
R.A.K. Films was started back in 2002. We are an Independent Film Production Company. We specialize in burlesque style comedy shorts and films. Our feature films remind fans of the Russ Meyer films or the writings of Mickey Spillane. Writing, Filming, Editing, Casting, Marketing, Distribution and everything in between is done in house.
Our short comedy 'The Star' is a 2009 winner of the Carl Merritt Film Festival.
Logan Fry works from his farm and studio in Richfield, Ohio. He has been an attorney, weaver and artist, but now devotes his time and energy to filmmaking. These are not "Hollywood" style flicks with multi-million dollar budgets, not even great short films from recent film school graduates. So his only hope is to make funny flicks that people enjoy, and even get a laugh or two. He's now bringing "Gimme Head: the Tale of the Cuyahoga Valley Bigfoot" directly to the public. Run-ning nearly 40 minutes, it's a fully realized Triple-B film (blood, boobs and beast) in the spirit of cult film director, Don Dohler. Critics are enthralled (and some even outraged). As one critic said recently: "Campy, rough, and amateurish, 'Gimme Head...' is hilarious and fast paced. If you loved 'Plan 9 from Outer Space' or Don Dohler's 'Nightbeast' you will instantly take to 'Gimme Head...' "
"What’s not to like about that?" says Fry
Earl Douglas J Palmer
Earl Douglas J Palmer, is an LA based Welsh actor. Born on the 21st April (same day as the Queen of England, 1 day after Hitler and 1 day before Jack Nicholas) 1977 in Newport, Wales. He attended Hartridge Comprehensive School before going onto further education at Cross Keys College and higher education at the University of Wales College Newport graduating in 2000 with a BA Joint Hon's degree in Sport Studies and Information Technology. Earl spent a lot of his early years at his grandmothers video store, which later became his fathers store, spending hours watching movies. This is where his passion for film originates. Sadly Blockbuster set up a few miles down the road and ended the shop, but I have shares in Netflix, so who is laughing now Blockbuster (thats a lie, I wish). Earl's first acting role came at the age of 10 when he was the understudy to Joseph in the Ringland Junior School nativity play. He would perform the role to the infant school children on the Monday, but was relegated back to understudy for the main performance on the Tuesday to his relief. The acting career stalled for the next 20 years as a life of sport took over. His first acting role as an adult, came in 2005 feature length film War Crimes where he played the lead Scott, a student protesting the war in Bosnia. More roles followed in the years to come, but really took off after linking up with Panik Attak Productions in Cardiff where Earl worked on award winning projects, The Next Blair Witch, A Very Important Call and the Peters Foods advertising campaign. Earl's career has led him to Los Angeles where he continues to work as he tries to obtain his green card, enabling him to remain in the US so he may continue to chase the dream. "If you aren't creating, you are waiting." led Earl to write his first script Daipool, which he also produced and acted in, which will be premiered in 2017.
Matthew Rowney (born September 1, 1991) is a British film director and Co-Founder of Rowney Motion Pictures. He is best known for his International Award Winning Stephen King adaptation 'I Am The Doorway' (2015). Having worked on several hit UK TV shows such as BBC3's Being Human and Downton Abbey. Superboy: Son of Tomorrow (2016) was originally made as a DC Comic adaptation for the Superman Celebration Festival in Illinois, Metropolis in 2016. Where it won honours for Best Drama and Actor.
Alex Brewer lives near Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada. Alex studied creative writing and film production at the University of New Brunswick and has been a member of the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative since 2006. “Black and White and Dead All Over” is Alex’s directorial debut. Before this he wrote the 2008 short film “Misdirection” (directed by Jeremy Robinson) as well as numerous feature length scripts.
David E. M. Maire
Cosmopolitan in nature, David E. M. Maire is a Bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma recipient, and an alumnus of the prestigious NYU: Tisch School of the Arts, earning his B.A. with honors in Film & TV and Minors in Psychology and Producing for Film & TV. This native Alpine’s voracious passion for directing lead him to pursue a Masters in Directing at the School of Visual Arts under famed music video and commercial director Bob Giraldi. David is a Co-Founder and Executive Producer of AireBedd, a banner under which he has garnered hundreds of laurels and awards for his various short form projects.
Saba (Cloudy Sky Films)
Saba, the founder of Cloudy Sky Films, was born in Nimes, France. He studied acting at the Conservatory of Dance and Drama in Cannes and performed in France for many years before moving to the United States in 1996 to become a member of the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble. After presenting his own productions with Saba Dance Theater for five seasons and receiving the Bessie Audience Award for best performance in 2004 for "The Four Seasons," he decided to pursue his dream and passion as an actor. Since 2006, Saba has appeared in many independent movies, television shows, and major productions such as Cédric Klapisch's "Chinese Puzzle" and "Men in Black 3," directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. In 2010, Saba started Cloudy Sky Films, an independent film production company based in New York City, in order to create roles for himself and other actors by writing, directing and producing various shorts. Sherry's Kitchen (a five-episode series), Snow (Feature Film) and About A Week (Short Dramedy) are available on Amazon and will be followed next year by SAM the VAMP and Being, two short films produced in 2017. Since 2013, Saba has a YouTube series "A French Guy Named Saba" where he performs songs through original videos. Between his films, screenplays and shows, he has received many awards around the world. Saba has been training as an actor and director at the New York City Lab directed by Bill Hopkins, his mentor and friend.
Passionate about cinema and video since my youngest age, it is quite naturally that I have undertaken studies in this field. In 2013 I graduated from ESRA (Ecole Supérieur de Réalisation Audiovisuelle) in Paris.
Later, I had the chance to work on feature films at "Mandarin Cinéma". I then joined the editorial office of "OOB", a fashion magazine, to make promotional videos and make-of photo shoots. One area differ from the cinema but equally interesting.
At the same time, I was always passionate about interpreting, so I undertook coaching and training courses.
In addition, I created my association "Tirak Line", to be able to frame my different projects. Thanks to this, I produced and directed several short films with my team. Subsequently these films are presented at various film festivals in France and abroad.
Thanks to these diverse experiences, I now offer my services in the audiovisual sector as a filmmaker freelance.
Reel Dandy Productions
Dave (DC) Evans & Andrew Numbers are a filmmaking duo based in Northeast Ohio. Under the banner of Reel Dandy Productions, their collaboration started while attending Kent State University, where Andrew studied Electronic Media Production and Dave studied advertising.
Their first film, Rued January (2013), was a feature length Crime-Comedy, which was shot in six days on a $1,000 budget.
"Wish You Were Here", a short Sci-Fi drama in which Teleportation has replaced all other forms of travel in the United States, is the pair's second film. Dave wrote the film's script, Andrew edited and they co-directed and produced the film. "Wish You Were Here" is early in its festival run, but has played festivals in various states, been nominated for and won awards, such as Best Ohio Director at the 2017 International Indie Gathering.
Girard Tecson is an award winning Filipino filmmaker and the founder of Dayside Productions. He is a director, producer, writer, editor and a DP who is recognized for his work on various short films. One of the biggest accomplishment of Dayside Productions is having their short film This Moment, a film about a guy who is stuck in a time loop, screen at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival after winning “Best Picture,” “Best Actor,” and “Best Soundtrack” at Campus Movie Fest in Hunter College. Their other short film, Romance of The Dead, a film about two zombies falling in love, has won awards at Williamsburg International Film Festival and CUNY Asian American Film Festival, and was screened at NYC Horror Film Festival.