Widmer,Gilbertson, Gemelas win awards at film festival

Cassia Dawn, left, announces 10-14 age group first place winners Tyler Shaw, center, and Benjie Higgins for their claymation movie 'Mustache with a Mind.'Filmmakers and movie lovers from around Central Oregon filled the Rodriguez Annex April 27, to watch the winning entries of the Central Oregon Film Festival.

Entries ranged from comedies and music videos to claymation and horror movies.

Trophies were presented to the top three winners in each age category, and their winning films were shown.

This year, film content was not limited, so two films that were tagged with a PG rating, “The Choice,” an anti-abortion film, and “Ghosts,” a nonbloody horror movie, and were shown at the very end, so parents could opt not to let young children watch them.

The winners were:

Age 10-14:

First place, “Mustache with a Mind,” stop-motion, claymation, by Benjie Higgins and Tyler Shaw from Mrs. Stone's class at Skyview Middle School in Bend.

Second place, “Rude Awakening” by Sam Gilbertson of Culver.

Third place, “Life of a Snowmon,” claymation by  Benjie Higgins and Tyler Shaw of Bend.

Age 15-18:

First place, “The Choice,” by Cooper Anderson of Bend.

Second place, “Mama's Clothesline,” a music video by Hannah Allison of Bend.

Third place, “The Bean Foundation,” an informational film by Sophia Gemelas, of Madras.

Adult category:

First place, “Christina Griggs Music Video” by Sid Widmer of Madras.

Second place, “Proper Sleep Hygiene,” a comedy by Dave Inbody of Bend.

Third place, “597” a futuristic film by Jesse Locke of Bend.

At the end of the showings, the audience got to vote on their favorites. The people’s choice awards went to “Sir Dancealot,” a pseudo documentary by Will Stabe, who also won the Best Actor award; “The Outlaw,” a dog action adventure by Sydney and Summer Lisignoli, and “Cat Nip,” a hilarious spoof on anti-marijuana films, with dire warnings about catnip, by Katherine Smith.




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