The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards, Season 10 (2017)
Season 10 will celebrate movies and screenplays in the following categories as well as a final Best in Show winner:
- Feature Film
- Short Film
- Documentary Film
- Screenplay (long-form)
- Screenplay (short-form)
- Music Video or Micro-Short (under five minutes)
- Best Director
- Best Actor (Male)
- Best Actor (Female)
- Best Cinematography
- Best Score
- Best Screenplay (produced)
- Best Editing
- Best Supporting Actor (Male or Female)
- Best Visual FX
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*Final award categories are subject to change based on qualified entries.
The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards, Season 9 (2016)
We went big in 2016 and ultimately combined two seasons into one. The celebration of movies, screenplays and awards is below.
The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards Season 9, was an absolute pleasure to judge, with some wonderful and entertaining films and scripts to sift through. It wasn't an easy job trying to pick winners from this batch, but we somehow managed.
There were six categories altogether, with one for Best Screenplay
Movie Finalists Official Selections (click for reviews)
Click on the "Finalist" laurels for a larger image.
Journey to Mt. Fuji
The Hunters Club (review coming soon)
Dirty Beautiful (review coming soon)
Ghosts of the Long Ago Drawer
Two of Hearts
The Fourth Night
The Power of Jasmine
2016 Awards (click on an image for a larger view)!
Best Thriller - Back Alley Bulls
The first category was won by Cynthia Rabinaico's Back Alley Bulls. Bulls was professionally shot and executed, with extremely good sound. Where many low-budget films fail, Back Alley Bulls' succeeds, thanks to the care that's gone into the tech side of things. We're given an entertaining story and interesting characters that we can root for. A deserved win. Read full review and view award here.
Best Musical - Noces de Rose
Noces de Rose is from Director Jeremy Circus, and this charming short film was a delight to watch. It tells the sad tale of a man who loses his wife to poisonous roses. Now widowed, he decides to take his wrath out on the roses. While the film itself is fairly simple, the choreography and musical talent on display lifted this one above the rest. Extremely entertaining.
Best Trailer - Northern Lights
From the talented Tom Rico comes Northern Lights, an apocalyptic tale with viral infections and aliens. Tom Rico's trailer packs quite a punch. It features fantastic special effects, with nice production values. We bounce around the world in this tale that spans over four decades, as we watch the world being thrown into chaos. Chuck Powers acts as EP. (see interview below)
Best Short - Electric Faces
Electric Faces takes this next category. Set in a future Glasgow, Johnny Herbin's sci-fi-crime yarn, Electric Faces, follows the exploits of Tom (Euan Bennet), a desperate ex-junkie who's looking to score some quick money. Exactly why Tom needs the money is revealed over the course of the 11-minute runtime, using some clever, measured pacing. The short was well shot and edited, and the entire production really stood out. An exemplary example of the genre.
Best Documentary - One Day with a Tattoo Artist
From Italian documentary filmmaker Michelangelo Torres comes the enchanting One Day with a Tattoo Artist with Simona Ercole acting as the artistic muse and narrator. Simona explains her passion for tattooing and how she only works with vegan ink. The documentary has been beautifully shot in black and white, as Torres demonstrated to us that he has a wonderful eye for composition. A stunning looking piece of film. You can watch the film here.
Best Director - Cynthia Rabinaico
This one really was a close call thanks to the high standard of each entry. After demonstrating that she can create and helm such an entertaining film with a very low budget, Director Cynthia Rabinaico has well earned this award. Read full review and view award here.
Best Screenplay - Northern Lights
Northern Lights by Tom Rico. Tom has fast become one of the top ten emerging screenwriters, and is someone to watch out for. Tom shows a great deal of skill and talent in his writing, and one hopes to see a lot more of his work in the coming months. (see interview below)
Q&A with Tom Rico
After winning in two categories, screenwriter-filmmaker Tom Rico answered some questions for us.
How did you get into the movie business?
Tom: Purely by accident I always wanted to write, but for many years was too busy raising a family. I didn't think It was a real possibility to be taken seriously until I wrote the Novel for Northern Lights, and It started winning awards. A friend of mine in the business convinced me that I should turn it into a screenplay and submit it to the festivals. I knew nothing about writing a screenplay, but studied hard and read many award-winning screenplays to learn how to do it right. About the same time I met Chuck Powers from Black Rock Entertainment who also believed in me and supported the project. He also was the one that produced the trailer. When it won its first award at the Galactic film festival in Hollywood I was completely shocked, but the feeling of accomplishment you get from something like that is infectious. For the first time I really felt that it wasn't such a long-shot dream to have it made into a movie. Now Northern Lights has 27 Nominations and selections at various film festivals around the world with 11 wins to date and there is no stopping me now. The sequel The God Particle-Resurrection is complete and will hit the festival circuit this spring. My feeling now is "I didn't come this far, to only come this far."
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Well, I think Inspiration is sort of 2-fold, there is the inspiration you get from your peers in the business, and the support you get from family and friends that help to inspire you. I'm a very lucky man to have a wife, family and friends that see how happy this work makes me and they are so supportive of me to follow my dreams -- part of me feels like if I gave up I would be letting them down as well as myself. As far as inspiration from people in the business I have always been a fan of writers like Stephen King, and directors like Stephen Spielberg. The work they do is awesome and entertaining, but it wasn't until I started doing it myself that I realized how much time and effort go into a project. It has given me an even greater respect for those people who can devote up to a year of their lives to create a 2-hour movie. The dedication is amazing!.
How did you come up with the idea for Northern Lights?
I actually started writing Northern Lights in 2010 after seeing a YouTube video of a corkscrew spiral Laser in the sky in Norway on December 9 2009. (Watch it here) It was seen for hundreds of miles and was speculated to be some type of government testing. I've also always been fascinated by the science and physics that create the Aurora Borealis. So being a huge fan of science-fiction movies, I thought it would be so cool to combine the Northern Lights, with science fiction and tell a tale of the two, throw in an alien invasion and you got gold. I've spent the last 6 years developing the project to the point where Northern Lights is now, where The God Particle is going and where the trilogy will end up. I don't want to give too much away about The God Particle and the trilogy, but the original speculation of the government testing in Norway coupled with the title of the sequel should give you a good idea.
What's next for you and your team?
Next we shoot the trailer for The God Particle Resurrection and start pitching the product to major motion picture studios. I really do think we have a winner here. I would love for Northern Lights to go down in history as a SciFi classic!!
Thank you, Tom Rico
Trailer for Northern Lights
NORTHERN LIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL & PITCH TRAILER December 07 2015 900AM TWENTY NOMS & SELECTIONS SIX WINS from Chuck Powers on Vimeo.
The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards, Season 8, 2013/14
Me-Udo, Jeremy JP Fekete (Best Documentary)
Headsome, Pavel Nikolajev (Best Feature Film)
Puncture, Edward Lyons
A Little Bit Country, Cat Cooper
Street Files, Christopher Richardson
Akhira: Day of Judgement, Will Myrick
Danger, Dames and Dangerous games
OC/DC, New Verb
Black and White Lines, Darren L. Downs
Jonah, Kirill Modylevskiy
Risky Business: A Look Inside America’s Adult Film Industry, David Mech
Seventeen Hours In, Ivo Raza
Black and White Lines
Rocky Mountain Experience: Bull Riding, Rick Higgins
The One Dollar Movie, Giorgio Caridi
The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards, Season 7 (Winter 2012)
Audience Choice: Retrocognition, Eric Patrick
Best Feature: The Empty, Ben Struble
Web Series: Exchanging Confidences, Silvio Ncucchi
Jury Award: Retrocognition, Eric Patrick
Archie the Cockfighter, Jeremy Pion-Berlin
Dick Punch, David Rutta
Dissent, Giorgio Blasi
LA Aboriginal, Daniel Lir
New Eden, Brett Snelgrove
Trauma Team, Josh Roth
Haunting Love, Haoran Wang
The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards, Season 5 (2011)
Sex, Blood and Fairy Tales
A Box for Rob (Best Feature Film)
Time Travelers, Episode 4
Be Forever Now
DEALeR (Audience Choice)
Living with Frankenstein (Best Web Series)
Boyz, Girz & Spakz
The Woodne Koru
Evenings with Ray
Not Suitable for Children
Proposition (Best Short Film)
Working Class Nightmare
The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards, Season 5 (2011)
The Mel Klein Diaries, Best Screenplay
One Night, Best Short
Almost Invisible, Best Feature
If I had a Balloon, Best Documentary
SCREENPLAYS SPOTLIGHT WINNERS
The Missing Dead
The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards, Season 4 (Winter 2010)
Asylum Seekers (Best Feature)
Dark Chocolate (Best Short)
Bakker’s Dozen (Best Screenplay)
Certain Adverse Events (Best Documentary)
August Sweeney: The Monster Barber of Harlem (screenplay)
Chasing Steven Spielberg (screenplay)
Quickie All Night (screenplay)
Loss of Innocence (screenplay)
Finding George (screenplay)
The Last Musketeer
The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards, Season 3 (Summer 2010)
Awaiting Her, Best Short
Albatrocity, Best Documentary
Tristan and Iseult, Best Screenplay
Live My Life (music video)
Good Cop, (Blank) Cop
A Native Dawn (Screenplay)
Key Bridge (Screenplay)
Ronnie Gold’s Fight Team
There are no Superheroes (screenplay)
The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards, Season 2 (Spring 2010)
A Lonely Place for Dying (Best Feature)
A Girl Like You with a Boy Like Me (Best Short)
Privilege (Best Screenplay)
I Like You
Ecoplaza Paradise Oasis
Exodus Fall (Honorable Mention Feature)
The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards, Season 1 (2009)
Apples and Oranges (Best Feature)
Four Cups of Joe (Best Short)
Taboo: More than Just Friends (Best Screenplay)
Gus: An American Icon
Take my Life
The Marked Man
Valley of the Spirits (screenplay)
INFLUX Magazine has long supported and championed independent film. The INFLUX Magazine Film Awards has been an ever-evolving process. We began as the lead partner of the SoCal Film Market which later became FlipsideTV. Ultimately, we branched off and turned to our own event, which was first called INFLUXPalooza and ultiamtely, now the INFLUX Magazine Film Awards. We have additionally supported, attended and participated in numerous festivals throughout our 20-year publishing history.