Monday, October 3, 2011

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Presents Oasis HD Best Film Award to Dead Grass, Dry Roots

2011 YoungCuts Film Festival Presents Oasis HD Best Film Award to Dead Grass, Dry Roots

The YoungCuts Film Festival celebrated ten years of presenting "Great Short Films by the World's Best Young Filmmakers" on the weekend. The Festival presented its' Top 100 films over 9 screenings at Cinema Guzzo Spheretech in St-Laurent on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The screenings included one presented as part of les journées de la culture attended by 250 enthusiastic high school students and a screening of the best young Quebec filmmakers sponsored by Canadian Heritage.

After the last screening, the Festival presented awards in eleven different categories: Award for Best Teen Film to Untermensch (Subhuman) by Michael Aloyan (USA)

Oasis HD Award for Best Documentary to Finding Fathers by France Costrel (USA/France)

Virgin Radio 96 Award for Best Music Video to Haleiya by A.J. Korkidakis (QC) Best Animated Film to Le Fokker by Anthony Boulay (QC)

En Primeur Award for Best Cast to Something Wrong by Michael Donaghy (UK) Award for Best International Film to Halbschlaf (A Light Sleep) by Johannes Hartman (Switzerland) Award for Best Editor to Diaspora by Aadhi Vive (Canada)

YoungCuts Award for Best Quebec Film to L'Invité by Colin Racicot (QC) Award for Best Canadian Film to A Noble Cause by Karl Kimmel (Canada)

Tribute Magazine Award for Best Director to En Route by Colin Levy (USA/Canada)

Oasis HD Grand Prix Award for Best Film to Dead Grass, Dry Roots directed by Gabe Hohreiter, produced by John Negropontes (USA)

The full list of our Winners and Nominees can be found on the YoungCuts web-site.

Montreal Gazette columnist Bill Brownstein praised many of these films in his Friday column:

The YoungCuts Film Festival would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors, especially our presenting sponsor Oasis HD.

Our other sponsors include Canadian Heritage, Tribute Magazine, En Primeur and, Jarislowsky Fraser limited, Virgin Radio 96, 24 Heures and the Montreal Mirror,,, Sixforces, the City of Montreal and the Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision de Montréal.

We are pleased to team with charity Leave Out Violence to raise money and provide opportunities to encourage young people to choose art instead of violence as a way of expressing themselves.

With our 10th Anniversary Festival in the books, the YoungCuts Film Festival will now begin preparing for our 2012 edition. Every year we evaluate the work of more than 5000 young filmmakers and watch more than 1000 films to pick our Top 100.

About the YoungCuts Film Festival 

Founded in 2001, the YoungCuts Film Festival’s goal is to advance the careers of up-and-coming filmmakers. This international festival selects the best independent short films produced by young people 25 and under.

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 Source : Jay Moulton, Chairman, YoungCuts Film Festival
 Information: Michael Ryan, Festival Director, YoungCuts Film Festival, 514-285-4591,

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