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Winners named at film festival

Seventh annual Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival names best in independent and student film

Posted: January 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: January 19, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Left to right, SCV Film Festival co-founders Ramon Hamilton and Jennifer Fischer with their sons, Sky Hamilton and Benjamin Hamilton, with Daniel and Galina Holechek.

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The seventh annual Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival ended its four-day run with the presentation of awards for the best in independent and student film.

Named Best Film was the professional independent film “A Finger, Two Dots Then Me.”

On hand to accept the award was director/producer Daniel Holechek.

The film is a spoken-word piece based on a popular poem by Derrick Brown, a beat poet who has performed around the world.

“Masks” was named Best Animated Film.

“Masks” — a professional animated film — was crafted by animator Patrick Smith after he listened to a score by composer Karl von Kries and drew what he heard.

In the student film categories, “The Good River” was named Best College Film from a crowded field of 15 entries.

Accepting the award were director Shannon Lynch and producer Lauren Guerard. The duo were students at Azusa Pacific University when they made the film.

Valencia High School scored honors for Best High School Film. “Positive” was named the winner from a field that included films submitted by high schools in Florida and Michigan.

“Tristan — Inside Looking Out” from Castaic Middle School was named

Best Junior High School Film.

Ro Osano, film teacher at Castaic Middle School accepted the award for his students.

Best Script 2 Screen was “React, Relate Through GATE” from Newhall Elementary School.

“We had great filmmaker turnout this year, which is always nice for the audience because they get a chance to hear from the artists that create the films,” said event co-founder Ramon Hamilton.

“But, what I was the most excited about was the diversity and positive responses we received from people attending the event,” he said.

“In addition to the filmmakers involved in the festival and individuals who work in the film industry that were interested in seeing the work of other independent filmmakers, we had great turnout from families, couples and other individuals who simple wanted to enjoy this unique opportunity to see some great independent films right here in Santa Clarita,” he added.

Jennifer Fischer co-founded the festival, which was held at the 81-seat Repertory East Playhouse in Newhall, with Hamilton.

The screening for the professional films was sold out, with standing room only, Fischer said.

Nearly 50 films were screened at the festival, selected from hundreds of submissions.

For information about the film festival, contact Ramon Hamilton or Jennifer Fischer at


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