Tuesday 18 July 2000

IFP Phoenix Filmmaker Challenges 2014-15

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

In the 2014-15 season, the challenges were again the Beat the Clock Challenge, the Mystery Box Challenge and the Breakout Challenge. All submissions were screened at events at the Phoenix Art Museum, while the top films from each will move on to screen in a dedicated block at the Phoenix Film Festival at the Harkins Scottsdale 101. Awards were given at each event.

The Beat the Clock Challenge screenings were on 31st July, 2014 where an unusually large proportion of films won awards. Project Daisy won as best film, with Petey and Split Three Ways in second and third. The audience favourite was Criminal, which also won Steve Briscoe the best actor award, while Joy Beth Benedict won as best actress for Masterpiece. Best director(s) went to Dulaney Annette, Chris Ayoub, Colleen Hartnett and Steve Hubbs for And Then There Were Monsters. Full results can be found here.

The Mystery Box Challenge screenings were on 30th October, 2013. Kitty swept three of the top four prizes, voted the best film, best actress for Yoshiko Ogawa and best director(s) for Josh Kasselman and Stephanie Lucas. The Other Brother broke in only for Scott Nass to win as best actor. The audience favourite was Amor de las chicas, which also won second place. Third was Alienated. Full results can be found here.

The Breakout Challenge screenings were on 4th February, 2015. Keep Running won for best picture and also as best director for Sean Oliver. Flight Fright swept the acting awards with Gerald Dewey as best actor and Swisyzinna as best actress. Flight Fright also won second place with Playtime Strikes Back, the audience favourite, in third. Full results can be found here.

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
Masterpiece! 2014 Kirby Soderberg n/a
Creature from the Green Lagoon 2014 Bonnie Sowle n/a
Happy Ending 2014 Shari K Green & Patrick Giglio n/a
Dear Claire 2014 Shawn Esplin n/a
Closed on Sundays 2014 Torrey Inez n/a
Woman in Blue 2014 Kyle Gerkin n/a
Project Daisy 2014 Adolpho Navarro n/a
Split Three Ways 2014 Adam Dub, Jose Meza & Jonathan Baden n/a
Petey 2014 Sean Oliver IMDb
Deception in the Desert 2014 Caleb Pearson IMDb
Barely Sisters 2014 Shane Sandler n/a
Closing Time 2014 Cory Rowe n/a
Analyse Who? 2014 Sheri Barbera n/a
In Your Dreams 2014 Eric Zagar n/a
Criminal 2014 Darien Marion n/a
Jungles Cup 2014 Jonathan Jones & Ben Levy n/a
Shenanigans: The Movie 2014 Paul Nathan n/a
The Thinking Cap 2014 Richard Stoudt n/a
And Then There Were Monsters 2014 Dulaney Annette, Chris Ayoub, Colleen Hartnett & Steve Hubbs n/a
Jersey Hunt 2014 David Miller n/a
Sticky Fingers 2014 Aaron Hudson n/a
The MacAlpine's Agenda 2014 Brett O Walker n/a

Mystery Box Challenge
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Bro Chill 2014 Edwin Eliosa n/a
Alienated 2014 Sean Oliver n/a
Come Home, Julia 2014 Mack Duncan IMDb
Desert Dogs 2014 Matthew Wetzel n/a
Jose and His Hose, Eh? 2014 Thomas Fulks n/a
Return to Sender 2014 Michael Dazen n/a
The Catacosmic Glitch 2014 Gregg Griffith n/a
The Fittest 2014 Marcelo Dietrich n/a
Amor de las Chicas 2014 Travio Molinos, Santiago Alirez & Genoveva Nesbito n/a
The Nude Scene 2014 Davis Marks n/a
Urban Midnight 2014 Rasheda Poe n/a
The Other Brother 2014 Jeff Schreckler n/a
Time to Let Go 2014 Julie Van Lith n/a
Kitty 2014 Josh Kasselman & Stephanie Lucas IMDb

Breakout Challenge
Title Year H D Director(s) IMDb
Charlie 2015 Butterfly Rose Cherry n/a
Fading Away 2015 3 3 Timothy Helmstadter n/a
Levine 2015 Matthew Padraic IMDb
Half Measures 2015 5 5 J Schreck n/a
Return to Sender 2015 Vinny Viti n/a
Best Day of My Life 2015 5 5 Jeff Dykhuizen n/a
Flight Fright 2015 5 5 Jim Politano IMDb
One to Another 2015 Xavier Brennan Brown n/a
Sinking 2015 5 5 Nathan Lawrence & Justin Ehlers n/a
Sponsor Me Tape 2015 Roman Aguirre n/a
Playtime Strikes Back 2015 4 5 Adolpho Navarro IMDb
Stockholm 2015 Kyle Bryant n/a
The Persistence of Imagination 2015 Tom Williamson n/a
Keep Running 2015 Sean Oliver IMDb
It Happened Next Year 2015 Gregg Griffith n/a
Best Frenemies 2015 Gilbert Martinez n/a

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