Three excellent short films from last year's 2005 Florida Film Festival earned major kudos (and even some cash) at last week's Gen Art Film Festival in New York City. Jay Duplass' THE INTERVENTION, another uncomfortably funny and brilliant work from the creators of SCRABBLE and THE PUFFY CHAIR, had its North American Premiere at the FFF last March . By winning the Acura Grand Jury Short Film Award at Gen Art, the film earned itself a $5000 cash prize. The Audience Award for Best Short Film went to Winter Park native Hannah Beth King for WET, her evocative and memorable tale of adolescence and morality in mid-80's Florida that had its World Premiere at FFF. Not only is Hannah from here, but WET was actually filmed at a house and neighborhood not far from the festival office affectionately known as "the bunker." Last but certainly not least, the Gen Art inaugural Stargazer Award, honoring "breakout talent for excellence in acting," was given to Katherine Cunningham-Eves for her role opposite Charlie Robinson in Scott Tuft's THE PASSAGE OF MRS. CALABASH. This fascinating deconstruction of an overnight train journey, two strangers, and a chicken, was a standout with a unique storyline and terrific performances.
Congratulations to all the filmmakers. It's always nice to see your programming choices succeed with other audiences and juries since every festival has its own identity and vibe.