Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Hotchkiss Film Festival!
Grand Jury Prize: Child For Sale, Fiona Bock
Audience Award: 5 Years Time, Michael Sansbury and Elisa Xu
Best Documentary: Child For Sale, Fiona Bock
Best Screenplay: Frankpa, Georgina Cahill
Best Cinematography: Street Musician, Elaine Li
Honorary Mention: A Drunken Oblivion, Ethan Brown
2016 Schedule of events
Saturday, May 14
Judges arrive, tour of school
4:45 - 5:30 pm
Film Panel in the Faculty Lounge/Open Meeting for film students and guests
5:30 - 6:00 pm
Dinner with judges, guests, film students/club members
6:00 - 6:45 pm
Guests Arrival, Red Capet outside Walker Auditorium
6:45 - 8:30 pm
Film Screening in Walker Auditorium (10 minute intermission included)
8:30 - 9:00 pm
Jazz Music, Voting and Refreshments in the Faculty Lounge
9:00 - 9:30 pm
Awards Ceremony and Closing Performance
9:30 - 10:00 pm
Meet and Greet
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The red carpet is a chance for everyone, filmmakers, guests, students, judges alike, to formally present themselves at the film festival.
Roughly 8 to 10 films will be screened in Walker Auditorium for a panel of judges and the audience.
The audience has the chance to vote for their favorite film after the screenings. The votes are counted to present the Audience Award. Voting will take place in the Faculty Lounge, where there will be live jazz music, and food and refreshments.
The awards will be presented at the end of the evening, and the festival will be closed with a performance.
Rick Malkames is a Director of Photography. He is a third generation cinematographer following the careers of his father Karl Malkames, ASC and his grandfather Don Malkames, ASC. He was awarded an Emmy for outstanding cinematography for the PBS television show “3-2-1 Contact”. Through the 1980’s and 90’s he worked for CBS Reports with Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal with PBS, CBS 60 Minutes, ABC 20/20 and ABC Closeup. His work includes television commercials and corporate films for production companies Z Tribeca, New Vision Communications, Jim Brown Productions and XXL Media. He is curator of the “Malkames Collection” a collection of the earliest motion picture cameras from the Genesis of motion picture production. Rick is currently in preproduction on a dramatic film “ The Operators” about the adventures of a Lumiere brothers’ motion picture camera operator. Selected scenes will be shot with an original 1895 Lumiere Cinematographe camera.
Kenneth Dancyger is a professor of Film and Television at Tisch School of the Arts, where he teaches courses concentrated on screenwriting and editing. He is a past Chair of Undergraduate Film and Television, Tisch School of the Arts, and is now a Full Professor. Dancyger has co-authored seven books on screenwriting, directing, film editing and production. He has also been a seminar leader for the past 18 years. He leads seminars across the world in screenwriting, development and post-production, while being an active script consultant in the U.S., Europe and Asia. At the moment, he is working on various projects, including a personal memoir titled The War That Never Ended, as well as his first novel Murder Not Permitted.
Nikolina I. Dobreva is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture at Middlebury College, where she teaches introductory film classes with some production content, and freshman seminars (sample topics: Espionage in Film; Nomadic Cultures in Film). She is well versed in international cinema, but her research is focused primarily on East European cinema, with a focus on Romani (Gypsy) and other ethnic minority representation. Dobreva is originally from Bulgaria, but has lived and worked in the US in the past 15 years. She acquired her Ph.D. In Comparative Literature with a film track at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009. She has taught film courses at the college level for over ten years now.
Theodore R. Life Jr. is a producer and director for film, television and the theater. Life studied Drama and Sociology at Tufts University. From there he went on to graduate with a Masters in Fine Arts (Film) from New York University. Life has been awarded a Fulbright Journalist Fellowship, three CINE Golden Eagles, named a Sony Innovator, and has been nominated for three Emmys. His films have been showcased at Film Festivals across the world, from the Toronto Film Festival to the Ninth Festival of New Cinema in Brussels. Life’s film Reason to Hope was awarded Best Film at the 26th annual International Festival of Black Cinema in Berlin and he just completed a feature film based on the Akutagawa Prize winning novella, Cocktail Party. He also produced and directed Live your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story that chronicles the impact of the American English teacher who lost her life during the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Jim Brown is an Emmy award winning producer, director, writer and cinematographer, who is behind some of the most critically acclaimed musical documentaries of the last four decades. His production companies, Jim Brown Productions and Ginger Group Productions, specialize in producing social and cultural documentaries, music, and concerts. In his career, he has produced and directed more than 100 television shows and documentary films, including programs for ABC, Showtime, Disney Chanel and PBS. Brown is best known for his Emmy Award-winning and critically acclaimed film, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. He is currently working on an American Masters documentary about The Highwaymen (a country music super group). When Brown isn’t teaching classes at Tisch School of the Arts, he is outdoors hiking, skiing, kayaking or gardening.