FirstGlance Film Festival Announces Winners Including Best Actor Winners Danny Glover and John Heard at the 13th Annual Festival in Hollywood, CA

HOLLYWOOD, CA – April 29, 2013 – On a much anticipated night in the Chaplin Theatre at Raleigh Studios, FirstGlance Film Fest director, Bill Ostroff, announced the winners of the 13th Annual FirstGlance Film Festival in Hollywood, CA.  The award winners were named in the following film categories: Feature Films, Feature Documentaries, Mini-Documentaries, Short Films, Shorts “Too”, Music Videos, Web Series, Animation, and Student Films.

“The award winners for this year’s FirstGlance Film Festival encapsulate the spirit of independent filmmaking at its core.  With the rising production of indie films, we chose to honor those films and filmmakers that tell unique stories while exploring original and exciting themes.  We also wanted to showcase and award those actors whose talents shine through from the screen while connecting the audience with the story,” said Festival Director, Bill Ostroff.

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CHASING SHAKESPEARE – Director: NorryNiven


LOST ON PURPOSE – Directors: Eshom Nelms & Ian Nelms  Best Director

CHASING SHAKESPEARE – Director: Norry Niven Best Actor- Danny Glover

– Director:Mike Bruce

Best Cinematography

HATED – Director: Lee Madsen Best Actress – Genevieve Padalecki



FACE 2 FACE – Director: Katherine Brooks  Best Director

LOVE AT A CERTAIN AGE – Directors: Logan Hendricks & Kyle Clark Best Editing

LOVE AT A CERTAIN AGEAudience Favorite


THE DERBY GIRLS – Director: Jennifer M Crandell Best Director

ESTHETIC EDUCATION – Director: Sofiko Abanoidze Best International


BUOYANCY – Director: Ryan Surratt Best Actor – John Heard

THE COMPANY OF THIEVES – Director: Shilpa Sunthankar Best Director

BLACKOUT – Director: Francisco Lupini Best Actress – Paula Roman

BRAINIAC – Director: Steven Wilson Best Ensemble Cast

THE BOX – Director: Melanie Star Scot Best Breakout Performance- Taylor-Grace Davis

TIME OUT OF MIND – Director: Addie Manis Best Drama

FORCING FATE – Director: Robb Padgett Best Comedy

RETRIBUTION – Director: Robert Matthews Best Thriller

12:26-12:31 – Director: Daniel Zarandieta Short Online Winner

NOWHERE TO GO – Director: Robert May Best Avant-Garde

EL INVENTO – Director: Giovanni Granada Best International

FRAGMENTS – Director: Richard Santiago Best Editing

ABSTRACTION – Director: Daniel Gomes Best Cinematography

NOWHERE TO GOAudience Favorite


UNLACED – Director: Patrick Ortman  Best Director

TOYLAND – Director: J.Sebastian Fendelander Best Drama

THE SKINNY – Director: Isabella Hyams Best Comedy

THE DANCE – Director: Fabio Breccia Best International

TOYLANDAudience Favorite


A HOUSE, A HOME – Director: Daniel Fickle & Mark Smith Best Director

80’S FITNESS – Director: Tim Hendrix Best International

THE ANCESTOR – Director: Keith Boynton Best Animation

I DON’T LOVE YOU LIKE I USED TO – Director: Alex Lill Best Cinematography

A HOUSE, A HOME – Audience Favorite


WUNDERLAND –  Director: Andrew Kightlinger  Best Director

WHO KILLED JESSICA LANE? – Director: Mitchell Fitzpatrick  Best Drama

NEW EDEN – Director: Brett Snelgrove Best Comedy

NEW EDEN – Audience Favorite


INVISIBLE HERO –  Director: Brian Arnold Best Director

REVENGE OF THE FLY – Director: Tony White Best Sound Design

INVISIBLE HERO –  Audience Favorite


DEPARTURE – Director: Roy Arwas Best Director

LIFE IN PINK – Director: Zach Madden Best Editing

LIFE IN PINKAudience Favorite

About FirstGlance Films:

FirstGlance Films began in 1996 as an indie film festival in the basement of a small theater in Center City Philadelphia. FirstGlance Films has currently produced twenty nine festivals in Philadelphia and Hollywood, shown over 1200 award winning films to over 50,000 attendees and over 200,000 online viewers and has grown to 250 seat venues with state of the art projection capabilities. In addition to the festivals, FirstGlance’s year round activities include twice yearly Online Short Film Competitions, Web Series and Shorts Screenings, Indie Film Screening Series, Short Film Productions, and FirstGlance continually searches out new and innovative distribution opportunities for the filmmakers screened at the festivals.

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