The juries deliberated and debated… and finally decided. Sincerely, all 36 films that screened at the Sherman Oaks Film Festival this year were great. Being an Official Selection at SOFF truly means something. We do not select films based on recognizable actors, social media followings, or large local fanbases. We select the films based solely on quality and we could not be more proud of the quality of this year’s Official Selections.
But film festival protocol demands that we give out awards. This year we expanded the awards by adding the Filmmakers Awards to the Grand Jury Prizes and Audience Award Winners. The Filmmakers Awards are given in the Narrative Short category and are selected by the Filmmakers Board, a panel of fifteen filmmakers whose films have been Official Selections in previous festivals.
Click here to see the full list of SOFF 2018 award winners!
Grand Jury Prize Winners
Audience Award Winners
Filmmakers Award Winners
Programmer’s Prize Winners
The Sherman Oaks Film Festival is proud to announce a new sponsor: Art Dimensions Online leases and sells fine contemporary art by well-known and emerging artists. Art Dimensions’ artwork has appeared in many feature films and television shows, including Ocean’s Thirteen, How I Met Your Mother, and Two Broke Girls. Art Dimensions works with different time frames and budgets to provide fabulous artwork for film, print, and commercial projects.
The Production Designer of the film that receives the award for Best Art Direction will win a complementary one week rental of an art piece for their next production. The artwork for this prize will be chosen from a selection of pieces provided by Art Dimensions Online.
SOFF has been giving awards to filmmakers for the last few years, but last week we were delighted to be on the other side and win an award.
The Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce held a vote and the winner of the the Golden Oaks Award for “Ground Breaker” was the Sherman Oaks Film Festival! Besides a nifty plaque, we got Certificates of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, California State Assembly, and our congressman from the U.S. House of Representatives.
Festival programmer Jeff Howard went to accept the award.
Last year, Grand Jury Prize winner for feature film was Stay, a great movie that programmer Jeff Howard said reminded him of Soderbergh’s early work.
Stay is going the self-distribution route and is on Indiegogo right now. The producers are offering a “Secret Perk” for those anyone associated with SOFF. Click here for the Stay SOFF secret perk.
Your friends at SOFF believe in our alumni and you all know we’ve made an effort to create a community of filmmakers around this festival. We wanted to share this “secret perk” with you all, just in case some of you want to help out a fellow filmmaker.
SOFF is featured in this month’s VENTURA BLVD magazine!
We would have preferred the magazine featured ALL of the 2017 filmmakers, but it wasn’t up to us.
Featured in the magazine spread: The Faceless Man, Arg Stairs, 90 Minutes of the Fever, Immersion, and the Millikan Middle School filmmakers!
Audience Award Winners
90 Minutes of the Fever
Grand Jury Prize Winners
See Yourself Out
The Faceless Man
I Cherish Women
Sound of the Future: Haiti
Christopher Marlowe by Francis Hamit
Check out our awesome gallery of festival photos, all taken by official SOFF photographer Angela Liu!
2017 Festival Photos Page
Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 3:45 PM
90 Minutes of the Fever (102 mins)
A family trapped in a house, airing all their long held secrets as the end of the world approaches.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 2:00 PM
Shorts Program 6: Imagination Spotlight
Our final shorts program of 2017 features four short films that stretch the limit of imagination, providing fantastical yet realistic viewpoints.
See How Easy That Was? (8 mins), Holly’s Girl (9 mins), Rebirth (12 mins), Mismatch and Lighter (17 mins)
See How Easy That Was? (8 mins)
A distressed young man is startled when he finds a hobo in an alley.
Holly’s Girl (9 mins)
Holly’s Girl is about breaking down the stereotypical image of an eating disorder and exposing the real story. The story of the other being who takes control over our lives and breaks us down until we feel worthless. This is the reality. The reality that I and many other women know all too well.
Rebirth (12 mins)
A young woman gets her beauty and vanity taken by a masked figure.
Mismatch and Lighter (17 mins)
A quirky therapist takes it upon herself to play matchmaker to all her unsuspecting clients.
Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 12:00 PM
Shorts Program 5: Inventive Spotlight
The jury placed these four films together because each takes a fresh, inventive look at the world. Whether based firmly in reality, set in a near dreamscape, or with a foot on each side, these films represent the inventive work of seasoned, intelligent filmmakers.
One More (8 mins), The Faceless Man (13 mins), The Pooka (15 mins), Transmission (18 mins)
One More (8 mins)
Moving into college is a big step for both a single mother and her only child.
The Faceless Man (13 mins)
An offbeat fable about a disillusioned man who discovers his face has transformed into a mirror and must venture out into the world to reclaim his identity.
The Pooka (15 mins)
In a desperate attempt to aid a lost soul, a benevolent oversized rabbit must find a way to rekindle a forgotten spark.
Transmission (18 mins)
Welcome To Britannia. Together We Stand Alone.