Saturday, 11 August 2007

Roll out the red carpet...

It's Awards Night at the International Infertility Film Festival. One 250ml bottle of Love (kindly donated by the Alchemy Cordial Company) will be winging its way to each of our three winners - and if you missed out this time, you can try again at the third festival - our Halloween Special - screening from October 27th 2007.

But on with the prizes! The Audience Choice Award was well and truly won by Scott and Michele P for Seasons - and well-deserved it was, too. It was great to see their happy ending, even if it did come after so much heartache and pain. Well done Scott and Michele! Love is coming your way - although your entry seems to imply it's already there!

We drew the Lucky Dip Prize next, mainly to narrow down the difficult choice ahead, and if Mr Bea has the envelope... yes, the Lucky Dip winner, hand-drawn by Mr Bea out of a hat prepared by Bea herself, is Vee and Max's Spring! Congratulations Max and Vee, and what a beautiful and heartwrenching entry you gave us.

The Jury Prize was decided, after an awful lot of deliberation, by Mr Bea, who was asked to assess the entries based on interpretation of the theme, originality, technique, and overall impact. I excluded those who had already won a prize - well, I had to try and make it a little easier on the poor guy - and he put his film buff hat on and sat down.

I have to say, he paused and replayed some of those entries several times each over the last couple of weeks, and right up until the last minute he was still struggling to choose from his shortlist of four. He wants me to point out the several things which kept him oscillating back and forth - one packed a full show into a short timeframe, and a couple of others were full of beautiful pictures and great song choices, with nice editing to keep everything flowing along. But he couldn't go past the psychedelia and original lyrics of Mother Earth's Flower Shop, by Mel and Josh - the original Stirrup Queen and Sperm Palace Jester! Congratulations to you both. And much (well, 250ml of) Love.

Really, I want to congratulate all the entrants. You all deserve a prize, which is why I hope you'll join us again for the third International Infertility Film Festival - our Halloween Special - screening from October 27th, 2007. Click the link for details!

8 comments:

Jules said...

Congratulations to all the fantastic winners.

Vee said...

Woohoo ! Thanks so much I feel so lucky ! And a special thank you to Mr Bea for pulling our entry out of the hat.

Bea well done on doing a wonderful job on the organising and making this possible.

A BIG congratulations to the other winners !

Michele said...

Thanks so much! This was such a great project - and what a great way to tell our stories and express ourselves on a topic that isn't always easy to talk about.

Heather said...

All of the entries rocked!

Congrats to the winners!

KarenO said...

Congratulations Scott & Michelle, Vee and Mel! If I had to choose those would be my first choices too - high 5 Mr Bea :)

Thanks for a wonderful festival Bea - it was great fun being part of it :D Looking forward to the next one already!

Pamela Jeanne said...

Offering my congrats to the winners as well. Well deserved!

Thanks, Bea and Mr. Bea, again for organizing, reviewing and helping us all to express and see ourselves and our experiences in such moving and memorable ways...

Jenna said...

Well done everyone. Congrats to the winners.

But just so you all know, I'm going to pull off a great show for Halloween! Damnit I'm due to win SOMETHING one of these days!

Matthew M. F. Miller said...

Congrats, winners. Your work has been a benefit to us all.