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THE 2021 SAN LUIS OBISPO Intercontinental Film Competition


Xuan Liu’s BLOOM wins Most effective Narrative Aspect, with Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss’ Missing IN BROOKS COUNTY
and Paul Michael Angeli’s Medicine Male: THE STAN BROCK Tale sharing the Best Documentary Function Award

Silje Salomonsen and Arild Ostin Ommundsen’s SISTERS: THE
Summer months WE Uncovered OUR SUPERPOWERS wins the Viewers
Award for Very best Narrative Characteristic

Judith Ehrlich’s THE BOYS
WHO Reported NO! wins the Viewers Award for Most effective Documentary
Aspect, although Lacking IN BROOKS COUNTY provides to its haul with the Ideal in Fest honor

San Luis Obispo, CA (March 17, 2021) – The 2021 San Luis Obispo Worldwide Film Pageant introduced this year’s filmmaker award winners during a digital presentation with far more than 150 filmmakers and jury associates collaborating. Winners of their jury awards for the well known movie competition included Xuan Liu’s BLOOM (Very best Narrative Aspect) and Lisa Molomot and Jeff Bemiss’ Lacking IN BROOKS COUNTY and Paul Michael Angeli’s Medicine Person: THE STAN BROCK Story (Tie for Finest Documentary Feature). Audience Award winners have been topped by Silje Salomonsen and Arild Ostin Ommundsen’s SISTERS: THE Summertime WE Observed OUR SUPERPOWERS, chosen as Best Narrative Aspect, Judith Ehrlich’s THE BOYS WHO Mentioned NO!, Best Documentary Function, with Lacking IN BROOKS COUNTY taking the Very best of Fest award.


Whilst this year’s hybrid edition of the well-liked movie pageant winds down with encore screenings of the award winners concluding on Wednesday, SLO Movie Fest noticed enhanced quantities of virtual viewers this year many thanks – in component – to the movie festival’s addition of its Brief Movies, Large Voices: A Application of Assorted Voices programming and a collection of panels that invited dialogue on issues relating to diversity and racial equity, setting up SLO Film Fest as extra than a prepared participant in individuals essential discussions, but having the next phase to host and direct them as effectively.

In addition, this yr observed a substantial turnout to a 1st-time travel-in version of its signature Surf Nite browsing films presentation – even with a day’s postponement because of to rain, as well as its initial in-individual celebration in more than a yr – a Central Coast Filmmaker Showcase party held at SLO Brew Rock. Central Coastline film supporters obviously ended up enthusiastic to see what was on tap this 12 months, be it digital or in-particular person.

San Luis Obispo Worldwide Movie Pageant Director Skye McLennan,

San Luis Obispo International Movie Competition Director Skye McLennan, claimed, “We have been thrilled to welcome again so numerous from our film festival spouse and children and have the option to see numerous at the travel-in and in-person, just as it was fascinating to as soon as once more introduce individuals from all in excess of the point out of California to see our movies and get a taste of what can make SLO Film Fest so special. We search ahead to some of them generating the journey to join us in stunning San Luis Obispo next calendar year.”


Supplemental winners in the George Sidney Independent Film Awards class provided Meital Cohen Navarro’s About MY Dead Body (Best Narrative Brief Movie) Jacob Reed’s Whole Image and Dana Frankoff’s VOICE Previously mentioned Drinking water (tied for Very best Documentary Quick Film) Greatest Animated Film choice KAPAEMAHU from administrators Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, and Joe Wilson and Best Pupil Movie, SOUS LA GRACE, from the directing team of Luce Grosjean, Ismail Berrahma, Flore Dupont, Laurie Estampes, Quentin Nory, and Hugo Potin.

Other movies to earn the audiences’ favor provided Jacob Reed’s GUM (Ideal Narrative Limited Film) Kris Bowers and Ben Proudfoot A CONCERTO IS A Conversation (Very best Documentary Brief Film) Miranda Winters and Rocky Romano’s WE Can’t BREATHE (Best Audio Video) and Justice Whitaker’s Constraints Utilize (Ideal Central Coastline Movie).

Winners of the Central Coastline Filmmaker Awards ended up Chris Hite and Dennis Ford’s FIRESTORM ‘77: THE Real Story OF THE HONDA CANYON Hearth (Very best Characteristic Duration Movie) Alix Angelis’ comedy SÉANCE-ING (Finest Narrative Shorter Film) Nick Cavalier’s BODEGA DE EDGAR (Finest Documentary Short Movie) and Jo Anna Edmison’s attractive documentary, STOKE CHASERS (Most effective Pupil Movie). The Songs Online video classification was singled out for awards including Miranda Winters and Rocky Romano’s WE Just cannot BREATHE (Best All round) Taisia Deeva’s PARACHUTE with music by Paul Kalkbrenner (Finest International) and Casey Wieber’s INSUFFERABLE with songs by Coronary heart to Coronary heart (Best SLO County).

The San Luis Obispo Worldwide Movie Competition also ongoing its traditional aid of the enhancement of pupil filmmakers with SLO’s Filmmakers of Tomorrow Showcase. Award winners involved Jacob Pincus’ Last Halt (Very best Narrative Movie) Akash Dewan’s WE ARE THE REVOLUTION (Most effective Documentary Movie) Emmanuel Li’s Music FOR THE Conclusion OF THE Planet (Greatest Worldwide Film) Phoebe Mitchem’s AMPLITUDE OF Views (Very best SLO County Movie) and Piotr Kazmierczak’s Technique Error (Ideal Animated Movie).

SLO Film Fest’s jury winners were being picked by an amazing lineup of film influencers and pros, such as journalists  Richard Propes (The Impartial Critic), Rebecca Pahle (Boxoffice Professional), Tim Molloy (MovieMaker Journal), Jack Moulton (Letterboxd), Glen Starkey (New Instances), and Kirk Honeycutt (Previous Film Critic, Hollywood Reporter), filmmakers Beth & George Gage (A House Identified as NEBRASKA, BIDDER 70), Sky Bergman (Lives Properly LIVED), and Patrick Lawler (BLEEDING AUDIO) and field veterans Erica Thompson (Government Director, Ashland Film Competition), Logan Taylor (Acquisitions, Screen Media Ventures), Robin Robinson (Programmer, Warm Springs Documentary Film Competition & Mountainfilm), and Ryan Suffern (Head of Documentaries, Lucasfilm).


Closing Night featured the presentation of San Luis Obispo’s have Brittany App’s directorial debut, Exactly where THERE At the time WAS H2o. Alongside with the virtual presentation of the call-to-motion documentary on the lookout at rising h2o shortages and how communities are getting ways to head off a likely disaster in the potential, SLO Film Fest also put with each other an extraordinary panel like Kandi (Mossett) White (Native Electricity and Local weather Marketing campaign Coordinator, Indigenous Environmental Network), Kate Lundquist (Co-Director of the Drinking water Institute & the “Bring Back again the Beaver” Marketing campaign, Occidental Arts & Ecology Middle), Jason Haas (Lover & Common Supervisor, Tablas Creek Winery), and Chief Caleen Sisk (Religious Leader and Tribal Main of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe) signing up for App to increase more depth to the dialogue of the film and the difficulties it offers. It was a fitting capstone to an edition of the film festival that noticed it continue its growth from an annual favourite of neighborhood movie admirers to an group and celebration accepting the mantle of group arts and activism leader, providing a platform to energized assorted voices.


The 2021 San Luis Obispo Film Competition Award Winners:


BLOOM – Greatest Narrative Attribute

Director: Xuan Liu


Drugs Gentleman: THE STAN BROCK Tale – Ideal Documentary Function (TIE)

Director: Paul Michael Angeli


Lacking IN BROOKS COUNTY – Finest Documentary Attribute (TIE)

Administrators: Lisa Molomot, Jeff Bemiss


About MY Dead System – Best Narrative Shorter Film
Director: Meital Cohen Navarro

Whole Photo – Ideal Documentary Limited Film (TIE)

Director: Jacob Reed


VOICE Above H2o – Greatest Documentary Brief Movie (TIE)
Director: Dana Frankoff


KAPAEMAHU – Most effective Animated Movie

Administrators: Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson


SOUS LA GRACE – Greatest Student Movie
Administrators: Luce Grosjean, Ismail Berrahma, Flore Dupont, Laurie Estampes, Quentin Nory, Hugo Potin


Audience AWARDS

Lacking IN BROOKS COUNTY – Most effective in Fest (Highest Score)

Directors: Lisa Molomot, Jeff Bemiss


SISTERS: THE Summer season WE Uncovered OUR SUPERPOWERS – Best Narrative Function

Administrators: Silje Salomonsen, Arild Ostin Ommundsen


THE BOYS WHO Explained NO! – Greatest Documentary Feature
Director: Judith Ehrlich


GUM – Ideal Narrative Shorter Film

Director: Jacob Reed


A CONCERTO IS A Discussion – Greatest Documentary Shorter Film
Directors: Kris Bowers, Ben Proudfoot


WE Just can’t BREATHE – Most effective New music Movie

Administrators: Miranda Winters, Rocky Romano


Restrictions Apply – Best Central Coast Movie
Director: Justice Whitaker



FIRESTORM ‘77: THE Genuine Tale OF THE HONDA CANYON Hearth – Very best Attribute Size Movie

Directors: Chris Hite, Dennis Ford


SÉANCE-ING – Most effective Narrative Brief Film

Director: Alix Angelis

BODEGA DE EDGAR – Finest Documentary Shorter Film

Director: Nick Cavalier

STOKE CHASERS – Very best Scholar Film

Director: Jo Anna Edmison


Audio Videos

WE Can’t BREATHE – Greatest In general

Directors: Miranda Winters, Rocky Romano


PARACHUTE – Ideal Worldwide

Director: Taisia Deeva

Music: Paul Kalkbrenner


INSUFFERABLE – Very best SLO County

Director: Casey Wieber

Songs: Heart to Coronary heart



Final Quit – Very best Narrative Movie

Director: Jacob Pincus


WE ARE THE REVOLUTION – Very best Documentary Movie

Director: Akash Dewan


Music FOR THE Stop OF THE Globe – Very best International Film

Director: Emmanuel Li


AMPLITUDE OF Ideas – Best SLO County Film

Director: Phoebe Mitchem


Method Error – Greatest Animated Film

Director: Piotr Kazmierczak


ABOUT SAN LUIS OBISPO Global Film Festival

Located 50 %-way amongst Los Angeles and San Francisco, San Luis Obispo’s laid-back vibe and serene pure elegance is the fantastic placing for this hugely regarded yearly movie celebration. Filmmakers rave about the heat and attentiveness that is so a lot a component of the SLO Movie fest experience, as does the swelling tide of field professionals and film critics who are rapid discovering the movie festival’s thoughtful audiences and exclusive programming sensibility.

 *Showcased Picture by J Kevin O’Connor

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