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Date: 19 - 23 August 2003
: ANZA Club and Commodore Ballroom.

Reviewer: Ed Farolan






The Fifth Annual ReelFast 48 Hour Film Festival Gala Screening and Awards at the Commodore Ballroom last August 23rd was another grand success. The top 11 (there was a tie) out of 62 films were screened and a panel of celebrity judges awarded over $20 000 in cash and prizes to the following films:

Ø Best Film - "Imetacanine", director Dylan Smith
Ø Best Director - Cameron Labine for "Getaway Island: The Collector's Edition"
Ø Best Actor - Toby Hargrave for "Spin Cycle" director Alec MacNeill-Richardson
Ø Best Editor - Drew McCreadie for "Headshot", director Drew McCreadie
Ø Best Use of Inspiration Package - "The Girl Who Mails Things to Herself (in case you were wondering)", directors Aynsley Baldwin & Melody Chan
Ø ZeD Peoples Choice Award- "--ER" director Brendan Beiser

This year two Significant Achievements were awarded from among the 62 films:

Ø Significant Achievement (Writing)-Dave Bene & Michael Scholar Jr. for "Trappings" director Dave Bene
Ø Significant Achievement (Animation)-"The Gnome Who Knew Too Much" director Robert Ives.

  The top eleven films (in alphabetical order) were: Conception (Kryshan Randel), Er (Brendan Beiser), Getaway Island: The Collector's Edition (Cameron Labine) Headshot (Drew McCreadie) Imetacanine (Dylan Smith) Spin Cycle (Alec MacNeill-Richardson) The Big Day (Gary Wawes) The Girl Who Mails Things to Herself (Aynsley Baldwin & Melody Chan), The Souvenir (Mike Jackson), Therapy (Rob Wenzek), and Your Other Left (Al Silverman).

Personally, I enjoyed Er and Headshot the best, although the others were truly entertaining.

Teams this year included participants from the filmmaking community including Venus Terzo, series lead on Da Vinci's Inquest; Ellie Harvey (The New Addams Family); a team composed entirely of family members (the Beisers); and teams travelling from Michigan and Ontario to compete. Kathleen Duborg, Derick Cobden and Thrasso Petras did another fantastic job this year!


2003, Ed Farolan