2021 Winners

The Garden State Film Festival
2021 Winners 
Narrative Feature
“7 Days To Vegas”
Kim Waltrip, Adam Weinraub- Producers
Eric Balfour- Director
 
International Narrative Feature
“The Corruption Of Divine Providence”
Canada
Tanya Brunel, Jeremy Torrie- Producers
Jeremy Torrie – Director
 
Bud Abbott Award for Comedy Feature
“Reboot Camp”
David Lipper, Jim Johnston- Producers
Ivo Raza- Director
 
M. Carroll Raver Award for Cinematography
“Alaska Long Hunters”
Mark Rose- Director/Producer
 
Horror Feature
“A Comedy Of Horrors Volume 1”
Ken Arnold, Dan DeLuca, Matt Servitto, Demetrea Triantafillides-Producers
Matt Servitto, Dan DeLuca, Jamie Nash, Ken Arnold, Nick Tucker,
Taylor Hamiliton-Directors
 
Thriller Feature
“Goodbye Honey”
Josh Michaels, Max Strand, Todd Rawiszer,
Max Strand-Director
 
Narrative Short-Tie
“You Wouldn’t Understand”
Trish Harnetiaux, Jacob A. Ware- Producers
Trish Harnetiaux-Director
“Alina”
Rachelle Owen, Joshua Owen, Rubber Duck Films, Dorota Puzio,
Nora Mariana, Rami Kodeih-Producers
Rami Kodeih-Director
 
Science Fiction Short
“Hey, It’s Me”
Courtney Sposato, Mark Sposato-Directors
 
Lou Costello Award for Comedy Short
“Manifest”
Matthew James Ballinger, Alison Barton, Bonnie Dennison –Producers
Bonnie Dennison, Alison Barton – Directors
 
International Narrative Short
 “The Bigonia Garden”
Israel
Saray Salman, Jordan Sultana, Shahar Tenne-Producer
Ron Goldin-Director
 
International Comedy Short
“Charon”
France
Marie Sonne-Jensen-Producers
Yannick Karcher-Director
 
Emanuel “Manny” Berlingo Award for Best Feature Length Documentary
“My Promise to PJ”
Larry Leisure-Producer
Daniel Baldwin-Director
Short Documentary
“Life in Kensington, Philadelphia Through the Lens of Jeffrey Stockbridge”
Opaque PhiladelphiaProducers
Rick Cook, Hunter SiedeDirectors
 
Short Documentary Student College
“The Long Hair”
David Kuznicki, Eric Althoff, Brian KatonaProducers
David KuznickiDirector
 
International Short Documentary
“In the Shadows”
United Arab Emirates
Mildred Garcerant-Producer/Director
 
Animated Short
“RenaiDance”
Han Chen Chang, Ada Vaughan, Lucas A Ferrara,
Jorden Samchok, Brian Chapman-Producers
Zhike Yang,Wenjie Wu, Han Chen Chang-Directors
 
Web Series/New Media
“Reclaimed Relics”
Peter Normandia-Producer/Director
Web Series/New Media-Comedy
“Procedural Justice”
David Alfano -Producer
Josh Callahan-Director
 
International Web Series/New Media – Family
Canada
“Detention Adventure”
Ryan West, Carmen Albano, Joe Kicak, Lauren Corber-Producers
 Joe Kicak-Director
 
TV Pilot
“Half Life”
Elizabeth Balla, Patty Carey, Kerstin Glaess,
Jonathan Wacks, Jamie Zelermyer-Producers
Nick Minas-Director
 
Music Video
“Sideways”
Ben Meyers-Director

 

Trailer
“Rushed”
Patrick J. Clifton, Siobhan Fallon Hogan,
Erin Fraser, Peter Hogan, Robert Patrick
Vibeke Muasya -Director
 
TV Series
“HomeGrown the Series”
Brian Broduer-Director
 
Best Covid Film
“Exit Package”
Melissa Jo Peltier-Producer
John Gray-Director
 
Narrative Short – College
“Le Prince Oublié”
Chapman University
Hailey BurnsProducer
Chloe AguirreDirector
 
Documentary Short – College
“The Mayor (McKissick)”
Rowan University”Paisley BlairProducer
Claire McKissik- Director
 
International Narrative Short – College
“The Postman”
Germany
Constantin von Jascheroff, Julius Bräuer Producers
Julius Bräuer Director
 
Animated Short – High School
“Empty”
(Middletown High School South)
Vic Pater, Director
 
Narrative Short – High School
“Growing Pains”
(East Brunswick Tech School of the Arts)
Jennifer Ruiz-Gonzalez, Director
 
Documentary Short – High School
“The Mayor”
(Middletown High School South)
Charlie Falotico, Director
 
Drama – High School
“The Box”
(Palisades Charter High School)
Chelsea Trotti, Director
 
Student Short – High School
“I’m Ready”
Maya Jai Pinson, Director
 
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
“The Andy Baker Tape”
Caitlin Borek,Dustin Fontaine, Bret Lada, Arthur GiamalidisProducers
Bret Lada- Director
 
Home Grown Documentary Feature
“The WBGO Story…Bright Moments from Newark to the World”
Chris Daniel, Dorthaan Kirk-Producers
Chris Daniel-Director
 
Home Grown Short
“The Block”
Marcus SciglianoProducer
Alex Scigliano, Marcus Scigliano- Directors
 
Home Grown Documentary Short
“Harness the Dream”
Tom Arnell, AJ Dakoulas, Harry Landy-Producers
AJ Dakoulas-Director
 
 
Home Grown Music Video
“Mistletoe”
Daniel Alphonsus Boulos, Alexandria Chukwuma, Amede Deane-Producers
Daniel Alphonsus Boulos-Director
 
Home Grown Student Short – College
“A World Revisited”
Farleigh Dickenson
David Zajac- Producer
Brendan Laird- Director
 
Home Grown Student Short – High School
“Prom”
(Washington Twp High School)
Alyssa Marerro, Director

   Home Grown Student Documentary Short – High School
“No One Said It Would Be Easy”
(Collingswood High School)
Josiah Angehr, Director
 
Home Grown Student PSA – High School
“Mental Health”
(Donald M. Payne Sr. School of Technology)
Kimberly Santiago, Director
  
New Jersey Hometown Documentary Short – High School
“At the Core: The Heart of Appel Farm”
(Washington Twp High School)
Troy Nguyen and Chloe Pecheux, Director
 
1st Runner Up “Springfield, NJ”
(JONATHAN DAYTON HIGH SCHOOL)
Jorge Rivera, Frank Sarracino, Ryna Sickinger
 
2nd Runner Up “Flower Power”
(East Brunswick Tech – School of the Arts)
Marlayna O’Brien, Henry Ruiz, Jennifer Ruiz-Gonzalez, Sammy Horan
 
 
 
 
The Garden State Film Festival Movie Music Competition Winners
 
“Love, Love, Love”
Best Performance of an Original Song From A Feature Film
Composers: Chris Corley, Jon D’Agostino
Performed by: Serendipity
 
“Theme from HomeGrown”
Best Original Score From A Television Show
Composer: Brian Brodeur
Performed by: Brian Brodeur
 
Born to be Alphas”
Best original score for a drama short
Composer: Sandrine Rudaz
Performed by: Sandrine Rudaz, Ro Rowan and Luanne Homzy
 
“Narcisse”
Best Foreign Indie Folk from a short film
Composer-Sonia Schmidt
Performed by-Ohsergio
 
“Family Life and Childhood”
Best Orchestral Theme from a Documentary
Composer: Raphael Fimm
 
“Glimpses- “A Day in the Life”
Best Americana Instrumental from a Short Film
Compose:  Estelle Bajou
Performed by:  Estelle Bajou
 
“Barbara’s Theme”
Best Score From a Home Grown Feature Film Thriller
Composer: Kyle Ward
Performed by: Kyle Ward and Pongsapak Kiatpreecha
 
“No Room to Cry”
Best Vocal Theme from a Short Film
Composer: Jesse Anatole
Lyrics & Song by: Jerin Forgie
Performed by: Jerin
 
“Second Chance “
Best Family Original Song and Composition”Composer-Robbie Rosen}
Performed by: Sammi Singz (Samantha Horowitz)
 
“I am Beautiful. I am Strong.”
Best Orchestral Arrangement of a Student Film
Composer: Cristina “Trinity” Vélez-Justo
Performed by: Virtual Instruments
 
“Ave Maria”
Best Religious Vocal
Composer: Charleene Closshey
Performed by: Charleene Closshey and the Sofia Boys Choir
 
“Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)”
Best Revival of a Folk Classic in a Music Video
Composer: Melanie Safka
Performed by: The Asbury Park Love Contingent
 
Garden State Screenplay Competition Winner
Short
“Afternoon”
 by Drew Henriksen
 
Feature
“The Boy Roach”
By Rob Thorp
 
 
 
The Garden State Film Festival (“GSFF”) is proud to announce the winners for its acting awards.
 
BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURE
Vince Van Patten –
“7 Days to Vegas”
 
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A FEATURE
Pamela Jayne Morgan – “Goodbye Honey”
 
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A FEATURE
Rafe Soule – “Goodbye Honey”
 
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A FEATURE
Eileen Davidson – “7 Days to Vegas”
 
 
BEST ENSEMBLE (FEATURE)
“7 Days to Vegas”
 
Vince Van Patten, Ross McCall, Paul Walter Hauser, Eileen Davidson, James Van Patten, Willie Garson, Lucas Bryant, John O’Hurley, Chad Lowe, Jennifer Tilly, James Kyson, Danny Pardo, Don Stark
 
 
BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT
Adam Hirsch –
“The Bigonia Garden”
 
 
BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT
Alia Shawkat – “Alina”
 
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SHORT
Laris Macario – “The Sleeping Life of Sofia”
 
 
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SHORT
Rebeca Robles – “Alina”
 
 
Honorees 

Honorary Chair
Arianna Bocco

 

Independent Spirit
Daniel Baldwin

 

MVP
Ming Chen & A Shared Universe

 

Spirit of New Jersey
Declan O’Scanlon

 

Educator of the Year
Chris Dudick

 

The Garden State Film Festival Rising Star Award for Acting
Christian Barber

2021 Screenplay Winners

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FEATURE WINNER:

The Boy Roach - Rob Thorp

Rob Thorp studied film and writing in NYC and attended Rutgers University where he received his degrees in English and Education. His first feature film, The Dirty Thirty, which he directed and co-wrote, premiered in Asbury Park, NJ in the summer of 2016, and was contracted for digital distribution. His second feature, Shark River, which Rob wrote and directed, is currently in post-production and slated for a 2021 release.

His current film projects include, The Boy Roach, which recently won both the Paris Play International Film Festival for best feature script & Garden State Film Festival, and Ghostly George, a feature script in development.

He recently directed Gateway City: Last Chance & Pandemic Fix which has garnered numerous awards on the film festival circuit (New York Movie Awards, Indie X Film Fest, Florence Film Awards) on which he served as the film's director.

A full-time writer and teacher, Rob resides on the Jersey shore. A full-time writer and teacher, Rob resides on the Jersey shore.Join us on Sunday, March 28th at 10:00am for a live Zoom read of his wining screenplay hosted by Project Write Now.

Short Screenplay Winner:

Afternoon - Drew Henriksen

GSFF is happy to honor Drew Henriksen as the 2021 GSFF Screenplay Competition winner for “Afternoon” Henriksen is an accomplished writer of novels and award-winning short films. He has supplemented his income by supervising a lab, teaching high school, as well as showing off his blackbelt in martial arts as a stunt work and fight coordinator in several films.

“Afternoon” about men in the diner may have more to say than you think! Big Congratulations Drew.

 
HONORABLE MENTIONS:

The Lift
Shane Devlin

Ocean Gray
Alana Saab

Foresight
Jon Bacon

Connect
John Pisano-Thomsen

Paddy’s Tonsorial Emporium
Ronald Milburn

The Lesson
Kimberly Kalaja

2021 Movie Music Winners

MOVIE MUSIC COMPETITION PLAYLIST

“Love, Love, Love” – Best Performance of an Original Song from A Feature Film
Composers: Chris Corley, Jon D’Agostino
Performed by: Serendipity

“Theme from HomeGrown” – Best Original Score from A Television Show
Composer: Brian Brodeur
Performed by: Brian Brodeur

Born to be Alphas” – Best original score for a drama short
Composer: Sandrine Rudaz
Performed by: Sandrine Rudaz, Ro Rowan and Luanne Homzy

“Narcisse” – Best Foreign Indie Folk from a short film
Composer-Sonia Schmidt
Performed by-Ohsergio

“Family Life and Childhood” Best Orchestral Theme from a Documentary
Composer: Raphael Fimm

“Glimpses- “A Day in the Life” – Best Americana Instrumental from a Short Film
Composer:  Estelle Bajou
Performed by:  Estelle Bajou

“Barbara’s Theme” – Best Score From a Home Grown Feature Film Thriller
Composer: Kyle Ward
Performed by: Kyle Ward and Pongsapak Kiatpreecha

“No Room to Cry” – Best Vocal Theme from a Short Film
Composer: Jesse Anatole
Lyrics & Song by: Jerin Forgie
Performed by: Jerin

“Second Chance” – Best Family Original Song and Composition
Composer: Robbie Rosen
Performed by: Sammi Singz (Samantha Horowitz)

“I am Beautiful. I am Strong.” – Best Orchestral Arrangement of a Student Film
Composer: Cristina “Trinity” Vélez-Justo
Performed by: Virtual Instruments

“Ave Maria” – Best Religious Vocal Composition and Performance
Composer: Charleene Closshey
Performed by: Charleene Closshey and the Sofia Boys Choir

“Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” – Best Revival of a Folk Classic in a Music Video
Composer: Melanie Safka
Performed by: The Asbury Park Love Contingent

2021 Screenplay Winners