2017 Ballston Spa Film Festival
August 4th & 5th

2017 Festival Awards

Here are the winners of the 10th Annual Ballston Spa Film International Short Film Festival as announced at Saturday's afterparty. Many thanks to our dedicated judges; Jan Broberg Carter, Daniel DeFabio and Larry Jackson for taking the time to support our festival and the filmmakers.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Best of the Fest M.A.M.O.N. - Monitor Against Mexicans Over Nationwide
Alejandro Damiani

M.A.M.O.N. is a satirical fantasy sci-fi shortfilm that explores with black humor and lots of VFX the outrageous consequences of Donald Trump´s plan of banning immigration and building an enormous wall on the Mexico - US border.

Best of the Fest:
Young Filmmaker
Director, Animator, Editor
Alex DeRosa
Still from the film 'Lyric'

Lyric is a hand-drawn animated film about a girl's struggle with depression. The film taps into her mind to show her battle with the monster that torments her. At first it seems as if there is no escape, but she soon finds the strength she needs to face her inner demon through music.

Best New Film
(World premier)
Blue Violet
Jesse Binger & Kaitlyn Johnston

This film explores how the consequences of one’s daily decisions, especially those done impulsively and with little thought, can change one’s life forever.

Best Original Score Why God?
Original Score by
Jad Jacob
Writer, Director, Editor
Evan Pritchard

Based on personal experience within the church, 'Why God?' is a collection of encounters from teenagers who question their faith using broad ideas that can be applied to any major religion.

Best Editing (otto)
A film by
Job, Joris & Marieke

A woman who can’t have children steals the imaginary friend of a little girl and keeps this a secret from her husband. While the woman enjoys life with her imaginary child the gap between her and her husband grows bigger. When the little girl comes to claim back her imaginary friend, it’s the power of imagination that brings everyone together.

Best Editing:
Young Filmmaker
Editor, Writer, Director, Animated by
Radheya Jegatheva

Alone in space, an astronaut drifts through the empty void. After finding another astronaut in the same predicament, she gives him a polaroid of Earth and they team up to journey across the universe to return to their planet. Will these star-crossed lovers find home?

Best Screenplay Illegal Move
A film by
Sana Srinivasan & Kyle Lopez

Set in a fantastical Chess world, an honorable White Knight must protect his King from his long lost lover, the Red Queen.

Best Screenplay:
Young Filmmaker
A Modern Romance
A film by
Mark Spitzer & Danny Wos

Two people meet in the strangest of circumstances.

Judges' Special Recognition Award 1 + 1
Rubén Pacheco Rondero
Rubén Pacheco Rondero
José Manuel Rey
Still from the film '1 + 1'

Víctor is a mathematician who is working on his thesis in a downtown café. Suddenly, something draw his attention. An atractive young woman has just started to deliver some flyers in front of his window. After a look game, Víctor begins to calculate, mathematically, the probabilities of success of the relationship, in case he´d decide to go out and talk to her.


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