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2016 Flickers' Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Film Festival Announces Winners, THE OPEN Wins Grand Prize

A phantasmagoric symphony of international genre films were given there due with the wrap of the 17th Annual Flickers’ Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Film Festival through adjudicated awards.

“This year’s Vortex allowed us to achieve the goals we set last year and serve as an inspiration for the future of the Festival,” said Shawn Quirk, Program Director of the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival, which produces the Vortex sidebar. “We were particularly pleased that the popular HP Lovecraft Walking Tour and Film Screening produced in collaboration with the RI Historical Society was a huge success, this year hosting just under 100 participants.

“From our expanded College Connections program, part of our ongoing educational outreach with area colleges and universities, free library screenings, a kids-oriented after school program, to a master class on filmmaking and a conversation on the film industry, this year’s Vortex Film Festival laid the foundation for next year’s expanded event,” noted Quirk. “We continue to be proud to see that this sidebar to RIIFF has become an important cultural event for the State.”

SPECIAL VORTEX SYMPOSIA:
“The Singularity Of Imagination: A Conversation with…” featured filmmaker/screenwriter, Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office.

Steven Feinberg is a life-long filmmaker and a proud Rhode Island native who spent 22 years as a Hollywood writer, director and producer. He sold original screenplays to the major studios including 20th Century Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, Dimension and Sony and had international success with the sci-fi features FORTRESS and its sequel FORTRESS 2. In 2004, Steven brought his considerable talent, energy and wealth of industry contacts home to assume the new position of Executive Director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office. Over a span of one decade, Mr. Feinberg aggressively promoted Rhode Island as a “film-friendly” location. He initiated ground-breaking tax incentive legislation, which became law in June 2005, developed infrastructure for film and television production, supports media education from the elementary level to college graduates, as well as co-sponsors local film festivals and has launched the comprehensive Film Office’s website, http://www.film.ri.gov/www.film.ri.gov. Most recently, Steven has lured highly prestigious projects such as the upcoming thriller, THE DISCOVERY; with Robert Redford and Rooney Mara, the Martin Scorsese’ production BLEED FOR THIS, Jack Black in THE POLKA KING and many other outstanding films including Wes Anderson’s MOONRISE KINGDOM; Woody Allen’s IRRATIONAL MAN and the Golden Gobe nominated INFINITELY POLAR BEAR starring Mark Ruffalo.

During an in-depth conversation, Mr. Feinberg spoke about his professional journey and shared insights into what it takes to succeed in the film industry.

“Behind The Camera Lens: On the Nature of Genre Filmmaking,” showcased Eric Scott Latek who graduated with a BS in Film Concentration, Visual and Media Arts & Mass Communication from Emerson College. The vast knowledge cultivates from Latek’s experience in the field of commercial, industrial, documentary and narrative. Eric has personally filmed the stories and lives of over three-dozen people. Eric’s philosophy and professional experience has made him become multifaceted in the film industry. Evidence of this wealth of talent and abilities was best exemplified by Filmmaker Magazine’s recent recognition of Eric as one of “25 New Faces in Film”, worldwide.

Both presentations took place at Roger Williams University.

Winners of the 2016 VORTEX Festival Awards:

BEST SCI-FI SHORT FILM:
GRAND PRIZE:
The Time Agent | Jude Chun, Director | 30 min. South Korea, 2016.

FIRST PRIZE:
The Uncanny Valley | Federico Heller, Director | 8 min. Spain, 2015.

BEST FANTASY SHORT FILM:
GRAND PRIZE:
The Five Wives & Lives of Melvyn Pfferberg | Damian Samuels, Director | 17 min. United Kingdom, 2016.

FIRST PRIZE:
Story 304 | Aaron Maurer, Director | 18 min. | USA, 2016.

BEST HORROR SHORT FILM:
GRAND PRIZE:
Pyotr495 | Blake Mawson, Director | 15 min. Canada, 2016.

FIRST PRIZE:
Quenottes | Pascal Thiebaux, Director | 13 min. France, 2015.

BEST FEATURE FILM
GRAND PRIZE:
The Open | Marc Lahore, Director | 103 min. France, 2016.

FIRST PRIZE:
Gozo | Miranda Bowen, Director | 80 min. United Kingdom, 2015.

Tied with
Besetment | Brad Douglas, Director | 76 min. | USA, 2016.

BEST DIRECTOR:
Tomorrow Ever After | Ela Thier, Director | 95 min. USA, 2016.

BEST EDITING:
All These Voices | David Henry Gerson, Director | Spencer Koobation, Editor | 19 min. USA, 2015.

DIRECTORIAL DISCOVERY AWARD:
Beta Persei| Katherine Clark, Director | 17 min. USA, 2015.

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