First of all, I need to get something off of my chest.I don’t really like awards shows.I rarely even watch the Oscars.So, it is a bit ironic that I find myself as the producer of our awards ceremony every year.People love them though and I want to make sure that we give the people what they want.Awards can be great validation for filmmakers as well, so we take the responsibility of granting our main awards pretty seriously.Plus, the after parties are usually really fun. This year, we really decided to have some fun with it.Sealth played a couple great sets while their specially created videos played behind them.Host Emmett Montgomery was great as usual with group hugs and air high-fives for all of the filmmakers who attended.Also all of the filmmakers who won were actually there to get their Great Glass Dildo.Voltaire wins an additional award for greatest acceptance speech. Video of the event will be posted soon.
The STIFF 2009 Awards Ceremony happened Saturday night which resulted in the heaviest bar tab of the last ten days as it usually does.I think that a good time was had by all who stuck around.Emmett Montgomery hosted for the third straight year, but I was struck by how much the awards ceremony has changed the last few years.It used to just be about the Film Challenge awards, but has started to become more and more about the presentation of the glass STIFFY awards, especially the Grand Jury Award which includes the meeting with a Hollywood Video Acquisitions Executive.I understand why filmmakers are excited to find out who the winners of those awards are.But it does make me wonder if we all end up putting too much emphasis on the wrong things because of it.For me, the festival is a big party where people who love strange and beautiful films can get together for 10 days, have a great time and experience some new things.A film festival is only as good as the films in it.And I think that the incredible array of films that were included this year meant that STIFF 2009 was an overwhelming success.
Only one film can win the Grand Jury Award.But, the sum of all parts is really what makes STIFF the event that it is.In my mind, the Sexiest Vampire STIFFY is equally important as the STIFFY for Best Feature Film.Nothing would make me happier than to give a physical STIFFY to every filmmaker who screens their film at STIFF, but the cost is too prohibitive for us, so we are forced to just pick a handful to present actual awards to.If there are filmmakers out there who would like to have a STIFFY of their own to put on their mantle, these “functional art” pieces can actually be purchased here:
The winners of the STIFF 2009 Awards
2009 Grand Jury Award Winner – Bad Kung Fu (Finalists: Yesterday and Eve’s Necklace)
2009 Best Feature Film Winner – Boppin at the Glue Factory (Finalists: The Death of Alice Blue and Jackson)
2009 Audience Award – I speak soccer
2009 Most Kickass Award Winner – Bronx
(Finalists: Frat House Massacre and Walking to the Cage)
2009 Film Challenge Award Winner – Zarkan: Son of Mahnphar, The Musical
We are very pleased to announce a partnership with Hollywood Video for the STIFF 2008. The winner of this year's Grand Jury prize will win a meeting with a Hollywood Video Acquisitions Executive. You can read all about it by clicking HERE!
I think that this is a great opportunity for someone and we are really excited to help filmmakers get a chance to get their films in front of people who can make a real difference in their career. Good luck to all who enter. The deadline for submissions is January 15th.