Roselle Park Loves Shorts! Film Festival 2016

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Published: September 26, 2016 @ 5:00 PM EDT

Roselle Park’s inaugural film festival – titled Roselle Park Loves Shorts! – took place this Friday and Saturday as the newest part of the popular Roselle Park Loves Arts! festival. The two-day event had over 100 films in short format (under 45 minutes) that accumulated to over 14-hours of celluloid stories.

Award recipients ranged from first-time and student filmmakers to seasoned documentarians. Both men and women from as far as Syria and as close to home as Roselle Park were recognized for their art. The 24 different categories had stories that involved a wide range of topics but in the end dealt with the most basic of all themes – relationships. Relationships between people, the world, one’s self, and even the audience watching. Expressing their stories through laughter or tears or introspection, the group of filmmakers had entries that lasted close to a half-hour while others were as short as two minutes in length.

Of note was the festival’s first Lifetime Achievement Award being given to Roselle Park’s own Patricia & Nicholas Pagnetti. These documentary filmmakers were the vanguards in putting the borough’s history on film from the 1990s. Mrs. Pagnetti was at the festival to discuss how film has progressed from the old cut-and-splice on an actual splicer to the modern cut-and-paste on a laptop. Receiving the award on behalf of herself and her husband, who passed away in 2010, Mrs. Pagnetti gave the advice that almost all other filmmakers on-hand gave, just pick up a camera – or even an iPhone – and press record.

Other filmmakers at this year’s festival whose entries were Official Selections included:

A listing below of each award is accompanied by a link to either the filmmaker’s website or the film itself.

Roselle Park Loves Shorts 2016 Award Recipients (Main Categories)
CategoryTitle 
Best FilmBallpark Bullieslink
Best Foreign FilmCalendarlink
Best Animated FilmFinitolink
Best Experimental FilmEarthboundlink
Best Narrative FilmLa Última Funciónlink
Best DocumentarySantas of Cochinlink
Best ComedyMadrid, Drawings... and Foreign Girlslink
Best DramaI Desiderilink
Roselle Park Loves Shorts 2016 Award Recipients (Student Categories)
CategoryTitle 
Best Student FilmNever Been Sickerlink
Best Student Foreign FilmLolalink
Best Student Animated FilmIktsuarpoklink
Best Student Narrative FilmLadyhoodlink
Best Student Experimental FilmI Am Ellen, this Is My Doglink
Best Student DocumentaryLas Calles Que Halbanlink
Best Student ComedyHell-Bentlink
Best Student DramaDoll Houselink
Director's Choice Student FilmHome Without Borderslink
Roselle Park Loves Shorts 2016 Award Recipients (Special Categories)
CategoryTitle 
2016 Lifetime Achievement AwardPat and Nick Pagnettilink
2016 RPLS Recognition AwardMaggie Kaszubalink
Best First Time FilmmakerDinner Timelink
Best Teenage FilmmakerGumballlink
Best CinematographyEye for an Eyelink
Director's Choice FilmJenny-A Beach Movielink
Audience Choice AwardLeft Behindlink