Trinity Film Festival Big Draw at Cinestudio

Roughly 300 Attend Festival, Reception

Hartford, Conn., May 10, 2013 – The second Trinity Film Festival welcomed approximately 300 people to Cinestudio on the campus of Trinity College on Saturday, May 4.  A professional film panel awarded $3,000 in prize money to the top three films, among a competitive pool of 21 selected films from around the country.

"This year's festival went even better than last year's inaugural in every way,” John Michael Mason ’12, Festival creator, said.  “We had a larger audience, bigger awards party, more community involvement, and even more incredible films."

Festival organizer John Michael Mason '12 presents Eric Bloomquist '14 with the Screener’s Choice Award for his film, “Midnight Brew.” Photos by Nick Lacy​.

​The top prize of $1,500 was awarded to Charlie Redd, a junior from New York University, for his film, "Reservations.”  Elaine Wu, a senior at Ringling College of Art and Design, won the second place prize of $1,000 for her animated short film, “Chicken or the Egg.” Wu’s film was also the fan favorite, as it was voted the Audience Choice Award.  Sean Osorio, from the University of Central Florida, took the third place $500 prize with his film, “Kids.”

"I don't envy the position the judges were put in with this festival,” Mason said.  “All of the films were truly phenomenal. They had to make some tough decisions."

This year’s judging panel included two-time Emmy nominated Mary Buck, Peter McMorris, co-founder and co-President of Cinestudio, Dr. Michael Walsh, co-founder of the Cinema Department at the University of Hartford, and Lauren Wolkstein, named one of the top twenty-five emerging filmmakers through The Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2011.  

“The quality of the films chosen for final voting this year was quite good, and in some cases outstanding,” Buck said. “It was very difficult for us to decide who the top prize should go to.”

The Festival was made possible by the generous support of Rick Cleary ’85, who sponsored the event for the second year.  Additional support was provided by Trinity President James F. Jones, Jr.; The Dean of Students Office; The Office of Community Service, and the Film Studies Department at Trinity.  A dedicated group of student volunteers organized and ran the event and reception, which was catered by City Fare and Chartwells.  

"The Trinity Film Festival not only offered me the chance to screen my short film in front of a responsive audience at a beautiful venue, it was also an opportunity to meet other young filmmakers, to learn from their work, to be inspired by them,” Redd said.  “I am proud to have been a part of this year's festival.  Thank you to everyone who worked hard to make it possible.”

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“The addition of top of the line professional Digital Cinema to our projection suite at Cinestudio has opened a huge resource for these filmmakers to bring their exciting new work to our audiences,” said James Hanley co-founder and co-president of Cinestudio.  “Seeing their films in the dark on the huge Cinestudio screen is a new revolution in cinema.”

Redd was the only returning filmmaker to be accepted into this year's festival. Last year he received the judge’s award for Best Sound with his film "Frank and Celeste."  Last year’s winning film, Bryan Felber’s University of the Streets (Prequel), also hailed from NYU.

“There is nothing I enjoy more than watching the next generation of artists step into the world,” Buck added.  “There is some wonderful talent just waiting to be discovered.  I got to see some of that at the festival on Saturday.”

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