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.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 10:00 PM
Stay (93 mins)
Can a good man do terrible things? A man holds a woman captive in hopes that in time she will fall in love with him.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 8:00 PM
Shorts Program 4: Creativity Spotlight
Our jury was incredibly impressed by the creativity shown in these four short films. Three are narrative films and one is a documentary, and all four bring you a level of creativity that you wish was coming out of Hollywood.
A Scream That’s Trapped Inside (15 mins), A Meditation (16 mins), From Ashes to Immortality (23 mins), Sound of the Future: Haiti (19 mins)
A Scream That’s Trapped Inside (15 mins)
Mara comes back home from her boyfriend’s funeral to experience a mind game full of guilt. Jake, her boyfriend, prepared a scavenger game and placed some notes around the house that lead to an anniversary present.
A Meditation (16 mins)
A man who is a little lost finds himself connecting with a surprising woman who shows up to buy the DVR he is selling on Craigslist.
From Ashes to Immortality (23 mins)
A dark, human story about an innocent girl, a disturbed father, a troubled neighbor, and a tale of magic.
Sound of the Future: HAITI (19 mins)
This film follows the story of the most well known modern Haitian musician, Michael Brun, as he takes it upon himself to show his fellow countrymen that Haiti is worth fighting for.