A SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR FOR THE TWISTED DREAMS FILM FESTIVAL
For Immediate release
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin April 12, 2016 - After months of planning the first ever Milwaukee Twisted Dreams Film Festival turned out to be a big success. Turnout was better than anticipated on Friday night with a steady stream of audience members on Saturday. There were six awards given away. A jury award and audience award each for Best Feature. Best Short Film and Best Wisconsin Short Film.
The Wisconsin premiere of Dark opened the festival to a packed audience. Following that screening more seats were added to the theatre so we could accommodate the even bigger audience for the Wisconsin Twisted Short Programs. With a majority of the Wisconsin filmmakers in attendance there was a short Q&A session at the end and some great discussions about filmmaking in Milwaukee. We followed that with a memorable performance by Professor Pinkerton and Sanjula from Dead Man’s Carnival. Saturday things stayed busy for our 5 screenings with filmmaker Q&A’s after most screenings.
The jury awards were announced after each film that won played. The margin of victory for the Audience awards were slim and even resulted in a tie for the Best Feature. Holy Hell was the big winner taking best Feature for the Jury Award and tied for the Audience Award with The Hike.
Winners of the Awards were
Jury Award presented by MKE Production Rental
Best Feature - Holy Hell
Best Short Film - Mr. Dentonn
Best Wisconsin Short - Hi, Neighbor
Audience Award presented by Milwaukee Movie Talk
Best Feature - (tie) Holy Hell and The Hike
Best Short Film - The Mill at Calder’s End
Best Wisconsin Short - The Life and Times of Thomas Thumb Jr.
We would like to thank everyone that came out and participated. Also all our sponsors including Mo’s Irish Pub for providing catering during the festival and a space for the after party. Our supporting sponsor the Shepherd Express and our Founding Sponsor Canal Productions for the big support they provided. We also couldn’t have asked for a better venue the the Underground Collaborative or equipment thanks to MKE Production Rental. Thanks to our Film Sponsors Marcus Theatres, Movies Galore of Milwaukee, and Pizza Shuttle. Also thanks to Ross Bigley at Milwaukee Independent Film Society for believing in us from the beginning.
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