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Tuesday, 18 July 2000

IFP Phoenix Filmmaker Challenges 2015-16

IFP Phoenix runs a number of film challenges every year in the Phoenix area.

The 2015-16 season began with the Beat the Clock Challenge with the Breakout Challenge announced immediately afterward. So far, submissions were screened at events at the Phoenix Art Museum, as usual, with the top films from each moing on to screen in a dedicated block at the Phoenix Film Festival at the Harkins Scottsdale 101. Awards were given.

The Beat the Clock Challenge screenings were on 23rd July, 2015. Malparido won the biggest awards, for Best Film and Best Director, against strong competition, but Inflated Emotions won most awards, landing Best Prop, Best Story and a tied second place with Firework, along with being voted the Audience Favourite. Third place went to Psycho Therapy, which also won for Best Ensemble. The Best Actor and Actress awards went to Bill Wetherill and Colleen Hartnett, as they did four events earlier at the 2014 Breakout Challenge, this time for Happy Anniversary and Firework respectively.

Here are all the films that screened at these events this year, with titles linking to my reviews and the IMDb pages added for reference.

Rating System
1 - Abysmal | 2 - Bad | 3 - Poor | 4 - OK | 5 - Good | 6 - Excellent | 7 - Classic

Beat the Clock Challenge
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Psycho Therapy 2015 5 5 n/a
Analyze Who? Too 2015 2 3 Sheri H Barbera n/a
F150 2015 3 3 William Wesley n/a
To Stir the Pot 2015 3 4 Kevin Watson & Dominique Medina n/a
The Marriage Counselor 2015 3 4 T'Nia Harris n/a
Embed 2015 4 4 Gilbert Martinez n/a
Attack Ad 2015 4 4 Stephen Kessen n/a
Pieces 2015 3 3 Darien Marion n/a
Crystal Blue 2015 2 2 Gregg Griffith n/a
Inflated Emotions 2015 5 5 Cody Hunt n/a
Maternal Instincts 2015 4 4 Gwyneth Christoffel n/a
Business Casual 2015 4 4 Matthew Lowery n/a
Happy Anniversary 2015 5 5 Shawn Esplin n/a
Pleasure Bowl 2015 4 4 Travis Mills n/a
Malparido 2015 5 4 Wm Hayden Edgmon n/a
Firework 2015 5 5 Steve Hubbs n/a
48 Hour Killer 2015 2 2 Matthew Padriac Barr & Joshua Boshnack n/a
Chicken'll Do 2015 4 5 Shari K Green n/a

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