Inagural Jump/Cut Challenge

Two film crews took home at least seven awards each at the inaugural Jump/Cut Challenge, which wrapped up Sunday night.

A total of six teams participated in this year's event, but only five were able to turn in movies; the sixth team had problems with editing software and missed the deadline. Each team had 72 hours to write, shoot and edit a 5- to 7-minute film. At a kickoff party on March 16, each team received an envelope with two genre choices and requirements for the film. The crews had to decide on the spot which genre to take.

Each film had to include a Duke Energy cooler as a prop, a character named Toni who was a wedding planner, the line "There's a fine line between black and white," and the glass bottom boats at Silver Springs State Park.  

The final projects were shown at 7 p.m. Sunday in front of a full audience in the lower room at the Marion Theatre. Blue-lit trophies were handed out afterward to the winning crews. The screened films were:


"Ava:" A science-fiction film about a wedding planner and his robot sidekick, directed by William Hsiung with team Do It For The Film;
"I Do Weddings:" A superhero movie about a wedding planner who saves the day, directed by Bronson Mosley with team Diamond in The Cut;
"Bride on the Side:" A romantic comedy about a son standing up to his father, a wedding planner, directed by David Howard with team Old Schoolers;
"The Black Side:" An action/adventure movie about a wedding planner who is also a hit man, directed by Gene Bigio with team Dark Side;
"Masterpiece:" A mockumentary about making a film about a wedding planner, directed by Cindy Mikell with team Mavericks.

Fourteen awards were handed out.

Best Film: "Bride on the Side"

Audience Choice: "Bride on the Side"

Best Director: "The Black Side"

Best Acting: "Bride on the Side"

Best Writing: "Bride on the Side"

Best Use of Character: "The Black Side"

Best Use of Prop: "Bride on the Side"

Best Use of Line: "Bride on the Side"

Best Use of Local Landmark: "The Black Side"

Best Cinematography: "The Black Side"

Best Editing: "The Black Side"

Best Musical Score: "Bride on the Side"

Best Sound Design: "The Black Side"

Best Special Effects: "I Do Weddings"

Laurie Zink, Silver Springs International Film Festival director, said filmmakers will have this week to decide to upload their films on the festival's YouTube account and website. Filmmakers have the choice of not uploading their films if they wish to enter them into other contests.

Contact Katie Pohlman at 867-4065, katie.pohlman@starbanner.com or @katie_pohlman.