Winners of the
Annual Pacific Coast Film Festival - 2000
The winners of the 5th Annual
Pacific Coast Film Festival are:
First Place "This Guy is Falling"
by Michael Horowitz and Gareth Smith about a guy who saves his
girlfriend when the Earth's gravity is temporarily turned off.
Second place, following closely behind, is "Seraglio"
by Gail Lerner and Colin Campbell about a married woman who seduces
local men by her love notes.
From this point on, it was a very close competition. There were a
number of films that the attending audiences really loved and were very
close in the voting.
Best Animation is "figure 1:Scar (detail)"
by Randall Wakerlin is a mixed media picture cut out about a guy whose
heart is first broken, but then repaired by a new girl friend. Followed
by a near dead heat between "Rejected", "Clayton's
Choice", "Oil and Vinegar", and "Rick
and Steve ? The Happiest Gay Couple in the World".
Best Documentary is "Ester, Baby and Me"
by Earl White a first person narrative about having a baby out of
marriage. Followed by "Riding the Tiger" by John Haptas
and Kristine Samuelson about the devastation and terrible waste the
Vietnam War was. Third place was shared between "Synchro"
by Kristen Nutile about the first male sychronized swimmer and "Leonard
and the Mountain" by Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer about a
religious man who has made a giant sculpture of adobe and paint on the
shores of the Salton Sea.
Best Student Film is "All About George"
by Christopher Reed and is about a guy who uses a dog to get a
Honorable Mentions will be awarded to the films; "The
Closet", "The Ballad of Little Roger Mead",
"Barstow 2008", "Studio Notes", "It's
Not Unusual", "The Box", "The Last
American Virgin", "White City", and "Boundaries".
A Director's Mention will be awarded to the film "A
Love That's True". The film's dark and disturbing nature
did not lend itself to being selected for Best Film by an audience, but
as Festival Director I feel it definitely deserves
The competition this year was closer than in any of the previous 5
Every film in the competition had at least a few of the audience that
was the Best Short Film. This is a credit to all of the
that participated in this year's event.
Winners of the 4th
Annual Pacific Coast Film Festival - 1999
The 4rd Annual Pacific Coast Film
Festival was held from February 12th - 14th, 1999 at the Museum of
Contemporary Art in La Jolla.
Short Film Grand Prize Winner
Garage Sale - Jeff Fisher. A little love and a lot
of Armani can go a long way.
Student Film Grand Prize Winner
A Good Lie - Ronald Eltanal - How good of a story
could you tell to escape an assassin’s bullet?
Best Documentry Film
Diving the Galapagos , Bad Boys - Steve Douglas
Visit these Isles of mystery and meet some bad boys of the water world.
Best Animated Film
A Viagen- Christian Boustani. A voyage into the magical
Pacific Coast Film Festival Schedule
Winners of the 3rd
Annual Pacific Coast Film Festival - 1997
The 3rd Annual Pacific Coast Film
Festival was held from November 6th - 16th, 1997 at the Hahn
Theater is Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego.
Audience Grand Prize Winner
Sax’s Final Orbit - 24:00 mins., Gregory Earls and Suzi Lyons
This is a love story between two artists a classical painter and a BMX
performance bicyclist. The mood lighting and the opera music mixed
with great story telling and a look at modern struggling artists makes
this a stunning piece of filmmaking.
Jury Grand Prize Winner
At the Hands of Another - 28:00 mins., Richard Sarafian
Dean James wakes up in jail for “Driving Under the Influence”.
He finds his young cell mate’s relentless taunts unbearable, until he
makes a horrifying connection. This gripping story takes you for a
roller coaster ride with the biggest drop at the end. The acting
is incredible and the filmmaking outstanding.
It is interesting to note that these films were neck and neck with
both the audience and the Jury. Each being decided by only one
Best Underwater Film
Red Sea Adventure - 24:00 mins., Denis & Kelly Tapparel
This is an undersea voyage into the mysteries of the Red Sea.
Although Red Sea Adventure was the best underwater film, the
most talked about was Dances with Manatees. This basically
unedited Hi-8 home video was shot by researchers Bill & Diana
Oestreich and featured the manatees they visit almost everyday.
The humour and humanity of this wordless piece spoke worlds of this
animal that man is driving to extinction.
Best Animated Film
Loose Tooth - 4:00 mins., Lee McCaulla
Tackles the fear of a small boy about to lose his first tooth. An
exceptional piece that took audiences back to being 5 years old again.
2th Annual Pacific
Coast Film Festival - 1996