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HypeFest 2005 Announces Award Winners

Successful weekend event screens short films, commercials and music videos from around the globe (August 01, 2005)

HypeFest, the unique festival that links independent ideas with commercial creativity, concluded its weekend-long screenings and festivities with an awards show and party sponsored by the Tucson Film Office. The festival took place July 30 - July 31 at CineSpace in Hollywood and showcased approximately 75 original short-subject works from filmmakers around the world.

"Every year we are energized and excited by the original content being produced by filmmakers of all backgrounds," says Jessie Nagel, Festival Co-Director. "This year was no exception -- it was a pleasure and a privilege to have the opportunity to expose audiences to some of the exceptional projects and the talent behind them."

The Style Council Award, which recognizes a project for its unique style and visual panache, was given to "Float (My Electric Stargirl)," The Atomic Swindlers music video directed by Joel Trussell. "Rainy Day Fun for Children Ages 6 and Up" from Director Jake Portman, received the Honorable Mention. The D.I.Y. Award, presented to a compelling project created on a limited budget, went to "Conversations," directed by Ben Rock. Honorable Mention went to "Waking Dreams" helmed by John Daschbach. Stash Magazine's Animation Award, which honored the best-animated project, was presented to "Madga" by Chel White. "Cashback" from Director Sean Ellis received the Audience Award for Saturday, July 30th and "6 Ft. in 7 Min." by Director Rafael del Toro garnered the Audience Award for Sunday, July 31st. The audience awards went to the projects voted most popular by attending audiences.

Prizes were furnished by production and postproduction supplier Moviola, DVD Magazine Stash, entertainment business software provider Media Services, indie music store Amoeba Music, Agua Spa at the Mondrian Hotel, Hollywood restaurants Kabuki and Kung Pao Kitty, AMP Filmworks rentals for advanced media production, the Writers Store, and publisher Michael Wiese Productions. All award winners received an outrageous, cheer-inspired HypeFest trophy. Additionally, select HypeFest films will be showcased on an upcoming Paste Magazine DVD and have the opportunity to be highlighted on the web-based distribution site Big Film Shorts.

Also honored were the films "Staring at the Sun" by Toby Wilkins with the Eerie Prediction Award, "How to Ace an Intervention" by Ned Farr with the Self-Help Award, and "Lucky" by Melissa Berman with The Good Life Award.

For the screenplay competition first place went to James D. Tuverson for "Hours Before Dawn." Finalists were Wendy Jo Cohen for "Underachiever" and Stacy Dymalski for "The Write Stuff."

About HypeFest
HypeFest is the unique film festival that links independent ideas with commercial creativity. Providing a bridge between content creators in the independent and commercial communities, HypeFest is dedicated to showcasing compelling and entertaining short films, commercials, music videos and promos. The festival also hosts a screenwriting contest honoring the best and the brightest new voices in cinema.

For a complete list of films, sponsors and event information, please visit the festival website at

HypeFest is located at 5651 Wilshire Blvd., Suite A, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Phone: 323.938.8363. Facsimile: 323.938.8757.

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