Aug. 03--College students. Directors. Professors. Film lovers. Families. The Real to Reel Film Festival last week attracted all of these and more, with its independent film showings, unique concessions and raffle drawings.
Directors came from as far as Canada and attendees came from across the state to the festival to see short films, documentaries and feature films.
Awards were given for the best films in nine categories, including a "best of fest" award and an audience choice.
Director George Anson received the award for best professional feature for his film, "Spring Eddy."
"I was truly honored to receive the award, even more so after I witnessed how wonderfully organized the festival was. Everyone I had the pleasure of meeting, committee members, volunteers, fellow filmmakers, and audience members, could not have been nicer. I was also impressed with how diverse the films were," he said.
He especially loved how on Friday "the evening began with a sweet story about a turtle and a beaver and ended with a funny tale about a cannibal trying to go cold turkey."
Anson said visiting Real to Reel was one of the best experiences he has had while traveling the film festival circuit.
Who were the winners?
-Best of Fest: "Spaghetti for Two"
-Best Professional Short: "Imagine"
-Best Student Short: "Link"
-Best Professional Animation: "Oh Willy..."
-Best Student Animation: "Parts"
-Best Professional Documentary: "The Last Ocean"
-Best Student Documentary: "Reporting on the Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust"
-Best Professional Feature: "Spring Eddy"
-Audience Choice: "Wet Behind the Ears"
What did the audience say?
"This is my first year and I was very impressed."
"Continue being awesome."
"Really enjoyed it."
"Please add one more day. Thank you for all the hard work. I love the festival."
"This was my first time but it won't be my last."
"Love the festival."
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