2020 Winners

2020 FILM AWARDS

 

 

The Garden State Film Festival 

2020 Winners 

 

Narrative Feature 

Foster Boy 

Producers
Andrew
Sugerman, Peter Samuelson, Anne-Marie Mackay, Jay Paul Deratany

Director
Youssef
Delara

 

International Narrative Feature 

Be Good or be Gone 

Producers
Les Martin,
Declan Mills, Catha Nally, Cainneach McEoin 

Director
Cathal
Nally

 

Family Feature 

Team Marco 

Producer
Sam
Sandweiss

Director
Julio Vincent
Gambuto

 

 

Bud Abbott Award for Comedy Feature 

The Bellmen

Producers 
Jason Adler, Cameron Fife,
Kim Waltrip, Ken Schur, Michael J. Wickham, Samantha Herman, Beau Johnson

Director
Cameron Fife

 

M. Carroll Raver Award for Cinematography 

Guru Nanak 

Adam Krell 

 

Horror/Thriller Feature 

Dark Harbor 

Producers
Edwin P Stevens,
Cecilia E Stevens, Cory Pyke

Director
Joe Raffa

 

Narrative Short 

“Pipe Dream” 

Producers
Chris King, Heather King

Director
Chris King

 

Narrative Short-International 

“It’s Me” 

Producer/Director
Andrea
Casaseca

 

Lou Costello Award for Comedy Short 

“Age of Bryce” 

Producers
Brian Elliott, David Feagan

Directors
Brian Elliott,
David Feagan

 

International Student-University Comedy Short 

The West Kerry Cowboy 

Producer
Peter
Kilmartin

Director
Cian O Connor

 

Family Short 

Tati’s Fashion Show 

Producers 
Stephanie
Angel,Amir Arison

Director
Amir
Arison

 

Emanuel “Manny” Berlingo Award for Best Feature Length Documentary

“STALLONE: Frank, That Is”

Producers
Chris May, Emmett James, Derek Wayne Johnson,

David Polemeni, and Frank Stallone

Director
Derek Wayne Johnson 

 

Best International Feature Length Documentary 

 

“Guru Nanak: The Founder of Sikhism – Life and Legacy” 

Producer
Adam Krell

Producer/Directors
Gerald Krell

 

Best Short Documentary 

Tofino is a Place 

Producer
James
Clower

Producer/Director
Ryan Struck

 

 

International Short Documentary 

Arrival Archives 

Producer
Suze Armstrong

Producer/Director
Maya Bastian

 

Animated Short 

“Burning Bright” 

Producer
Lisa Benson
, Franceska Bucci, Aaron Bierman

Director
Aaron Bierman

 

 

International Animated Short 

United Kingdom 

Master Moley By Royal Invitation 

Producer
Tony Nottage

Director
Leon
Joosen

 

 

International Commercial 

Life is a Beautiful Journey 

Proucer/Director
Sven Greif

 

 

Web Series/New Media 

“Detention Adventure 

Producers
Lauren
Corber, Ryan West

Director
Joe
Kicak

 

 

Music Video 

Slow Dance 

Producer
Taylor Bradshaw

Director 
Travis Jones

 

Trailer 

Bharal 

Produer
Kathryn Carmichael

Director
Jake L. Reid

 

 

TV Pilot 

Divorce School 

Producer
Julie Zelman

Producer/Director
Dana Marisa Schoenfeld

 

 

Short University Graduate School 

                                                       “A Home for Curiosities 

Producer
Shannon Ryan

Producer/Director
Ben Tobin

 

International Short Documentary Unveristy 

Italy 

Amici del Mare 


Producers 
Jackson
Klarsfeld, Anthony Vitale, Benjamin Thomas Ward


Director
Tara Guaimano

 

 

International Narrative Short – High School 

Croatia 

Zoe  
Producer
Stjepan
Kefelja

Director
Marta
Krunić

 

 

 

Short Animation – High School 

Margo  

(Light House Studio) 

Producer/ Director
Amelia
Maxham

Producer/ Director
Libby Slaughter

Producer/ Director
Ben Clark

Producer/ Director
Summers Worthington

Producer/ Director 
Johnny
KrosbyGroner

Producer/ Director
Jhael J. Rasheed

Producer/ Director 
Victoria
Stiefvater

Producer/ Director
Conrad
Heins

Producer/ Director 
Nicholas
Tennery

Producer/ Director 
Jago
Gould

 

Short Documentary – High School 

Dancing on Black & White 

(Metuchen High School) 

John Li, Director 

 

New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short – High School 

Barry Rosezweig 

(Jackson Liberty High School) 

Alivia McGarry, Director 

Co-Director, Amber Buckley

 

 

The
Garden State Film Festival would like to recognize films shot in the
State of New Jersey with the following winners in the “Home Grown Award”
categories:
 

 

Home Grown Feature 

Exit O 

Producer
Gregory Voigt

Producer/Director 
E.B. Hughes

 

Home Grown Short 

Ironrite 

Producer
Kelsey
Combe

Producer/Director
Clayton
Combe

 

 

Home Grown Comedy Short 

Yet Another 

Eric Hartmann-Producer 

Producer/Director 
Tim
Disbrow

 

 

Home Grown Animation Short 

Country Things 

Producer/Director 
B.E.F. Oakes

 

 

Home Grown Animation Short Family 

Kazumi Racecar Pig 

Director
David McBride

 

 

Home Grown Documentary Short 

“Unclaimed Remains” 

Ernie Diorio, Richard Gough, Carol Redlund-Producers 

Producer/Director 
Thomas Phillips

 

 

Home Grown Commercial 

Bayshore Center Promo

Producer/Director
Collin Pritchard

 

Home Grown Student Documentary Short – High School 

Relay for Life 

(Bridgewater – Ridge High School)

Producer/ Director 
Julia Schnarr

 

Home Grown Student PSA – High School 

Words Kill 

(Washington Township High School) 

Director
Jenna Epley

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

The Garden State Film Festival (“GSFF”) is proud to announce the winners for its acting awards. 

 
BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURE 

Shane Paul McGhie – “Foster Boy” 

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURE 

Jessica Sipos – “Dark Harbor” 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A FEATURE 

Garry Pastore – “Shooting Heroin” 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A FEATURE 

Jenny-Lee Masterson – “Be Good or Be Gone” 

 

BEST ENSEMBLE (FEATURE) 

“Foster Boy” 

Matthew Modine, Shane Paul McGhie, Lex Scott Davis, Julie Benz, Amy Brenneman 

Evan Handler, Louis Gossett Jr., Michael Hyatt, Michael Beach, Dominic Burgess, Jordan Belfi, Krystian Alexander Lyttle 

 

 

BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT 

TJ Thyne – “Extra Innings” 

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT 

DeAnna Toten Beard – “Age of Bryce” 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SHORT 

Josiah Schreiber – “Walking Point” 

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SHORT 

Marta Belenguer – “It’s Me” 

 

Honorary Chair
Jack Ford
 

 

Icon Award
Linda Hamilton

 

Lifetime Achievement
Matthew Modine
 

 

Patriot Award
Robert Patrick

 

Renaissance Award
Perry Lang

 

Independent Spirit
Tara Wood
 

 

Home Grown Hero
David Burke

 

Exceptional Women In Film
Arianna
Bocco

 

Broader Vision Award
Rock And Roll Forever Foundation

 

MVP
Nick Falcone

 

Educator of the Year
Robin
Kampf 

 

Rising Star
Ashley Platz

 

 

 


2020 Movie Music Competition Winner

Best Orchestration From A Documentary
“Determined – Triumphant Theme”
Composer: Steven Chesne
Performed by:Virtual Instruments

Best Rap Song from a Short
“Comatose”
Composers: Jeremiah Kaufman
Performed by: Jeremiah Kaufman

Best Americana Orchestration From a Narrative Short
“Jake’s Beginnings”
Composer: Cristina “Trinity” Vélez-Justo
Performed by: Virtual Instruments

Best Musical Score from a Historical Drama Short
” Julie’s Theme”
Composer: Pancho Burgos-Goizueta
Performed by: Pancho Burgos-Goizueta

Best Blue Grass Orchestration From a Narrative Feature
“Days of Whisky and Sunshine”
Composer: Cristina “Trinity” Vélez-Justo
Performed by: Virtual Instruments

Best Period Piece
“Henry the VIII”
Composer:Guy Renardeau
Performed by: Guy Renardeau

Best Musical Score from a Stop Motion Short
“Friends With Death”
Composers: Zac Silva & James McCaffrey
Performed by:

Zac Silva, James McCaffrey, Kevin Grossman, Emily Grove & Cody McCorry 

End Title Theme from a Feature Documentary
” My Father’s Brothers”
Composer: Cristina “Trinity” Vélez-Justo
Performed by: Virtual Instruments

Best Rap Theme from a Documentary Feature
“I’m a Movement”
Composed by: Intelligenz   
Performed by:Intelligenz   

Best Orchestration From An Animated Short
“The Ribbon”
Composer: Jonathan Galland

Performed by:Virtual Instruments 

Best Orchestration From An International Mini Series
“Walpurgisnacht – Die Mädchen und der Tod”
Composed by: Mathias Rehfeldt
Performed by: Mathias Rehfeldt

Best Home Grown Indie Pop
“Bets Against the Void”
Composer: Elizabeth Lehman
Performed by:The Scary Jokes

2020 Screenplay Winners

Short Screenplay Winner

Standing In Water by Kathleen Caprario-Ulrich

Born and bred in Elizabeth, NJ, Kathleen Caprario-Ulrich relocated to the Pacific Northwest where she has established herself as an award winning visual artist, writer, art educator and occasional stand up comic despite her strong, Jersey-girl vibe and accent. Her sense of humor is rooted in an appreciation for the awkward and painfully funny process of reinventing one’s life after a personal, seismic shift; “Standing In Water” is informed by Caprario-Ulrich’s own experience of being widowed before the age of fifty and the healing power of laughter.

Feature Screenplay Winner

Last of the Burly Girls by JOHN PISANO-THOMSEN

A life-long theatre-phile, songwriter, and creative writing graduate, John is an award-winning LGBTQ/feminist screenwriter on a five-year successful trajectory after winning one of three screenwriting fellowship spots in the 2016 Atlanta Film Festival.  Since then, John has written three more successful screenplays and has accumulated hundreds of awards and accolades from around the globe.  In October 2019, he placed in the top 15%, 5% and 2% of submissions  in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship, with “Last of the Burly Girls” placing in the top 149 semifinalists out of 7,302 submissions. We are thrilled to recognize his talents as well.

2019 Film Winners