Jury Panel
October 11, 2013

9FilmFest: and… Action!

Screen Writer… LIE – Naruphon Punphairoj

Costume Design… THE GREAT RIVER – Stephen Rouse

Leadership Design… DISTORTION – Thana Chairatanasil

Best Editor… TAPPANYAKI – Jeremy Zag and Raymond Lewin

Best Producer… CLUELESS – Bryan Bishop, Sahajak Boonthanakit and Peter Alan Lloyd

Special Jury… LIE – Naruphon Punphairoj

Best Actor… GUARDIANS – Supachai Girdsuwan

Best Director… CLOCK BLOCKED – Robert Peters

Best Actress… CLUELESS – Joy Villanueva

Best Cinematography… BANGKRUAI PRADESH – Rattha Buranadilok and Pathara Buranadilok

Best Connectivity… CREAM… Naruphon Punphairoj – Adobe

Best Film… GUARDIAN Disspong Sampattavanich – The Style

Siam Paragon Cineplex is usually a very busy place.  However, Sunday (September 22nd) the action was quadrupled – all because The Style by Toyota 9FilmFest finalist Screening & Award ceremony took place.

First it started slow, with some curious passersby speaking at the posters, checking out the beautiful Toyota Vios  and playing the motion-racing game that was setup.  More people showed up when Eddie Baytos & the Ninz started their concert in New Orleans style. Was so fun to have a little bit of lovely city New Orleans and Mardi Gras half of world away from there.

And then it started:  ladies in beautiful evening gowns and men in tuxedos,  the crews from finalist films, fans, the press – all appeared within an hour.  In the end, the screening hall was packed full, with people sitting on stairways and standing at the back. When all the finalist shorts were screened, the tension was high – who will be the winner and drive out with the shiny new red Toyota this evening. The jury announced the awards one by one.

Audience held their breaths when Brian Bennett and Prachya Pinkaew came on stage to announce the winner.  Upon hearing the result team of The Guardian jumped up from their seats. Their effort was rewarded tenfold. And not just about the car – I could only imagine what kind of encouragement this kind of recognition would give a starting filmmaker.

Well, 9FilmFest 2013 is over and was a big success.  Time to roll the cameras again and get ready for the next year – and next year will be BIG!

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